Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

A GIFT FROM DARKNESS by Andrea C. Hoffmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Ibrahim's bold firsthand account is powerful testimony to resilience and survival in the face of a kind of warfare that is becoming ever more common, its terror visited mostly on women."
A memoir of abduction and sexual slavery at the hands of the Islamist Boko Haram militant group. Read full book review >
THE MILK LADY OF BANGALORE by Shoba Narayan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A witty and tender story that endears readers to Indian culture and one of their most sacred symbols, the cow."
A culture writer and cookbook author leaves New York City to reconnect with her roots in this humorous and heartwarming story about cows, Indian culture, and the strength of female friendship. Read full book review >

REBEL by Nick Nolte
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Better than the usual run of actor memoirs and plenty of fun to boot."
The noted film actor and notorious bad boy hunkers down and tells a few tales of his life, some of which just may be true. Read full book review >
CRUCIBLE by Michael Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2018

"A useful compendium of tips if the sitting president had any interest in learning them, but otherwise of interest to students of governance and public policy."
An assemblage of economists, political scientists, and kindred policy wonks offer advice and observations to guide the sitting president. Read full book review >
TRUMP'S FIRST YEAR by Michael Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2018

"A concise and dispassionate analysis of the controversial president's performance over the year since his unexpected election win."
This academic publication from the publisher's First Year Project won't generate the bombshell headlines of more sensationalist and gossipy books, but it provides context and balance for its conclusions, ones that are consistently at odds with Trump's own assessment of his performance. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An entertaining recital of a notorious scandal."
The history of a crime of passion that revealed the sordid underside of the Gilded Age. Read full book review >
HERE IS REAL MAGIC by Nate  Staniforth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Magic can be unnecessarily flashy, but this book isn't flashy at all; it's an assured and thoughtful work about finding true 'awe and wonder.'"
A magician conjures up memories, dreams, and reflections on his craft. Read full book review >
STALKING GOD by Anjali Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A pleasantly thought-provoking memoir."
After the birth of her first child, a lawyer goes on a spiritual quest to "believe in something bigger than myself." Read full book review >
THE STOWAWAY by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly researched, but the narrative reads like a yarn from that era."
The story of an adventurous boy who captured America's imagination in an age of significant exploration. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A well-written, matter-of-fact, inspirational account of how a man prevailed against a criminal justice system that is deeply flawed."
A travesty of the Texas judicial system leads to death-row vindication. Read full book review >
SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A clear and candid contribution to an essential conversation."
Straight talk to blacks and whites about the realities of racism. Read full book review >
BODY FULL OF STARS by Molly Caro May
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A searingly eloquent memoir."
A nonfiction writer offers an account of the devastating physical and emotional consequences a much-desired pregnancy had on her life. 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 >