Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

AMERICAN TRAITOR by Steve Stalinsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2017

"An up-close look at one man's bizarre journey to international notoriety."
Debut author Stalinsky offers a profile of an American who became an al-Qaida operative. Read full book review >
A FEW MINOR ADJUSTMENTS by Cherie Kephart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A tone of humility and a great concern for others mark this well-paced work about an individual's most important asset—health."
A debut author delivers a detailed account of her mysterious illness. Read full book review >

GORBACHEV by William Taubman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"An engaging, poignant portrayal of one of the most significant of Russian leaders."
The long-awaited biography of the enigmatic Soviet leader whose "new thinking" sent shock waves throughout the Soviet Union and indeed the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The book is well-written, but the sexual escapades and personality disorders of the principals take so much space that it degenerates into a gossipy tell-all.
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Guardian dance critic Mackrell (Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, 2014, etc.) connects the lives of three unique 20th-century women. Read full book review >
MOZART by John Suchet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Rich with wit and warmth, this compact biography is thoroughly enchanting.
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An ideal introduction to understanding the famous composer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A concise, solid biography of 'the first revolutionary abolitionist,' a diminutive man who was decades ahead of his time."
A biography of a nearly forgotten Quaker whose life still resonates. Read full book review >
A RIFT IN THE EARTH by James Reston Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The Vietnam Memorial, with Lin's wall as the centerpiece (but with a series of compromises also put in place), is one of the most striking features on the National Mall. As this relatively brief but powerful book shows, this outcome was far from a foregone conclusion."
A gripping history of the fights over how to memorialize the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
IF ALL THE SEAS WERE INK by Ilana  Kurshan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An intriguing, scholarly memoir of being a woman and studying the Talmud that will appeal most to those deeply interested in Judaism."
Gleaning wisdom from the Talmud during a time of personal crisis. Read full book review >
THE BEST OF US by Joyce Maynard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A moving tribute to the evergreen lessons of the heart."
An acclaimed novelist recounts how a brief late-life marriage taught her the meaning of partnership. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT MCKINLEY by Robert W. Merry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Although unlikely to share Merry's very high opinion of McKinley, most readers of this intelligent biography will agree that he was an astute politician and strong leader."
A fresh biography of the short-lived presidency of William McKinley (1843-1901), "an unlikely figure to be presiding over the transformation of America." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not without flaws but an informative and inspiring book."
A video game developer tells how she became an outspoken advocate for victims of online abuse. Read full book review >
DARWIN'S BACKYARD by James T. Costa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"While casual readers may not be tempted to perform the experiments, the insights Costa provides into Darwin's thinking and his revelations about the great man's working life make this a worthwhile read. A perfect resource for biology teachers."
An instructive and entertaining look at Darwin's "experimentising" and how it can be readily duplicated using mostly simple household tools. 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 >