Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

BE LIKE THE FOX by Erica Benner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Benner succeeds at what every biographer tries to do: she brings her subject to life for her readers."
A new look at an old book—and the philosopher/diplomat who wrote it. Read full book review >
TWO AND TWO by Rafe Bartholomew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Bartholomew does both his father and McSorley's proud with this touching, redolent memoir."
A boy comes of age in one of New York's most storied watering holes. Read full book review >

MY SOUL LOOKS BACK by Jessica B. Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A deeply felt and lovingly remembered memoir."
An African-American culinary scholar remembers the years she spent among an "extraordinary circle of friends" that included James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Nina Simone. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO CAMELOT by Thomas Oliphant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"An excellent chronicle of JFK's innovations, his true personality, and how close he came to losing."
Accepting the challenge that Theodore White laid out in The Making of the President 1960: to "tell the story of the quest for power in 1960 in more precise terms with a greater wealth of established fact." Read full book review >
THE OUTER BEACH by Robert Finch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Vivid and graceful reflections on water and wind, shifting sands, and the inevitability of change."
Lyrical reflections, natural history, and nuggets of wisdom inspired by walks at the shore. Read full book review >

AGENT M by Henry Hemming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Hemming has uncovered a man determined not to be known and in so doing, has provided us with delightful reading."
The dramatic story of the remarkable British spymaster who may have been the model for the James Bond character M. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A dramatic, honest, moving narrative of how hard life can get and how one can still overcome seemingly insurmountable adversity to do good in the world."
How one woman finally broke away from a cycle of imprisonment and went on to help hundreds of other women re-enter normal life. Read full book review >
SONATA by Andrea Avery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A wrenching account of a writer determined to maintain the music of her life in whatever forms are possible."
A high school English teacher, musician, and essayist emotionally and analytically chronicles her journey through the tangled wood of rheumatoid arthritis. Read full book review >
JIMMY BUFFETT by Ryan White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A feel-good biography for Parrotheads; others may want to pass."
The Mayor of Margaritaville gets mythic treatment in an adoring chronicle that looks back at his decadeslong career. Read full book review >
ONE MORE WARBLER by Victor Emanuel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A charming narrative for avid birders and armchair nature lovers, sure to inspire at least a few flights of fancy."
One of the world's foremost birders reflects on his life in nature, which has always "kept me young through a sense of wonder." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Speaking to both animal welfare and the well-being of wounded warriors, Montalván's memoir is a testimonial to the 'quest for wholeness' and the healing power of companionship."
Affecting memoir by wounded veteran and PTSD-treatment advocate Montalván (Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, 2011), well known for his public appearances with his service dog, Tuesday. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Reads like a fine spy novel whose ending we know but whose story transports us nonetheless."
The intense and intimate story of espionage involving Soviet and American agents; one of the latter was the author's father. 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 >