Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

THE LAST GIRL by Nadia  Murad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A devastating yet ultimately inspiring memoir that doubles as an urgent call to action."
A raw, terrifying account of religious genocide and life in captivity under the Islamic State by a young Yazidi woman who survived it. Read full book review >
EMERALD LABYRINTH  by Eli  Greenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Greenbaum's enthusiasm for his work shines through, as does his compelling message about the future of our planet."
An intrepid herpetologist's account of his grueling collection-based forays into the Congo. Read full book review >

8 SECONDS OF COURAGE by Flo  Groberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An inspiring book about heroism and sacrifice."
A French immigrant and U.S. Army captain tells the story behind the remarkable act of bravery that earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Read full book review >
DARKEST HOUR by Anthony McCarten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fresh, readable look at events and players that, though well-known to history, deserve to be studied for some time to come."
On the forging of the wartime Winston Churchill, a figure iconic to this day, in the crucible of events that took place in the spring of 1940. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WITNESS by RJ Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Sprinkled with subtle touches of poetic discourse and the author's deeply felt passion and admiration for Frank's work, this book is a page-turning emotional delight."
Dissecting the mysterious Robert Frank (b. 1924). Read full book review >

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A lively one-volume treatment well-suited to libraries and schools."
This focused study of the four term-winning president emphasizes his instinctive feel for the public mood. Read full book review >
BECOMING HITLER by Thomas  Weber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Compelling research and original insights bring a fuller understanding to the mind and motives of the demagogue."
Challenging the notion that Hitler was "merely an empty canvas that had been filled with the collective wishes of the Germans." Read full book review >
BOBBY KENNEDY by Chris Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A brisk, admiring portrait that burnishes the Kennedy image."
Recounting Robert Kennedy's political career. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An eloquent affirmation of the vast capacity of the human heart."
An Academy Award-winning filmmaker makes her literary debut with the stunning account of Gladys Kalibbala, who has devoted herself to rescuing lost children in Uganda. Read full book review >
LENIN by Victor Sebestyen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A compelling, cleareyed portrait of a dictator whose politics have unfortunate relevance for today."
An illuminating new biography of the cold, calculating ruler on whom the subsequent Soviet state modeled itself. Read full book review >
WHILE THEY'RE STILL HERE by Patricia Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Both crushing and uplifting; an account nearly as emotional as the caregiver's trials it vividly outlines."
The unexpected responsibilities of being her parents' full-time caregiver bring a dutiful daughter not only heavy burdens, but new revelations about her family as well. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Sure to be a hot gag-gift item inside the Beltway—and to provoke angry tweets from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."
A rollicking spoof by classically trained actor Baldwin (Nevertheless, 2017), who has made considerable hay in the past year as the foremost Donald Trump impersonator, and Spy magazine co-founder Andersen (Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, 2017, etc.). 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 >