Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

SPACE ODYSSEY by Michael Benson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essential for students of film history, to say nothing of Kubrick's most successful movie."
A fascinating, detail-rich account of the long slog to make the science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read full book review >
THE RECOVERING by Leslie Jamison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"The bracing, unflinching, and beautifully resonant history of a writer's addiction and hard-won reclamation."
An alcoholic's confessional of life from buzzed adolescence to blitzed adulthood and the fellowship of recovery. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A modest, beguiling biography that brilliantly mirrors its understated and remarkable subject."
This straightforward, enthusiastic biography by Eichinger and Everson recounts the life story of Eric Liddell, the Olympic athlete whose achievements inspired the iconic movie Chariots of Fire. Read full book review >
UNCHARTED by Lyle  Sopel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"An absolute tour de force and a must-read for any aspiring artist."
A Canadian jade sculptor recalls his life and work in this remarkable memoir by Sopel (Sopel: Alluring Presence, 2012). Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF MARK TWAIN by Gary Scharnhorst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2018

"A lively, richly detailed, and sharply perceptive biography."
The transformation of newspaperman Samuel Clemens into popular essayist and entertainer Mark Twain. Read full book review >

THE LIST by Amy Siskind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"An astonishing roster, documenting history as it is being made and democracy as it is being unmade."
A Homeric catalog, in numbered lists, of all the wrongs the current occupant of the White House has done unto the republic. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BARONS by Christian Davenport
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers frustrated at the trickle of news from China (the only nation with an active manned space program) will thrill at this lucid, detailed, and admiring account of wealthy space buffs who are spending their own money, making headlines, producing genuine technical advances, and resurrecting the yearning to explore the cosmos."
An enthusiastic account of the pursuit of "a holy grail—a technology with the potential to dramatically lower the cost of space travel." Read full book review >
DANGEROUS MYSTIC by Joel F. Harrington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Extremely well-researched and fluidly written, Harrington's work will serve as a meaningful resource for students of mysticism and of late Medieval Christianity."
Insightful biography of German theologian Meister Eckhart (1260-1328). Read full book review >
PATRIOT NUMBER ONE by Lauren Hilgers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"This excellent book makes a powerful argument for why the U.S. should always remain a place of sanctuary, benefiting immensely from those who arrive from other shores."
Affecting portrait of a Chinese dissident who found a home among like-minded democrats in faraway New York. Read full book review >
DISAPPOINTMENT RIVER by Brian Castner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A vital addition to the library of the far north and of exploration."
"Fierce winter never relented": searching for a little-known explorer who left his name on many places, themselves little known, in the Canadian Arctic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"The rivers of mutual affection, admiration, and artistry form a powerful confluence in these deeply affecting exchanges."
A collection of revealing and moving letters, spanning nearly 40 years, between the celebrated playwright and his publisher and friend at New Directions. Read full book review >
A TOKYO ROMANCE by Ian Buruma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"The reward is a wild ride through the late-20th-century Japanese avant-garde scene through the eyes of an innocent from across the sea."
A delicious if squirm-inducing memoir of a young Western artist in 1970s Japan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >