Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

BUFFALO TRACE by Mary Cappello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A compelling hybridization of sex and critical theory."
Three scholars share their intimate experiences with identity. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by Mary Schmidt Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A perceptive, richly detailed biography."
The artistic career of Romare Bearden (1911-1988) reflects political, social, and aesthetic transformations. Read full book review >

HOLLYWOOD GODFATHER by W.R. Wilkerson III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An entertaining history of the movie industry's tumultuous past."
A cleareyed portrait of an irascible Hollywood power broker. Read full book review >
THE FINCH IN MY BRAIN by Martino Sclavi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Uniquely memorable and poignantly surreal."
A film producer and screenwriter's account of how he survived both stage-four brain cancer and surgery that rendered him unable to read. Read full book review >
TIGERBELLE by Wyomia Tyus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An inspirational story that deserves to be told."
A half-century after her triumph, a record-setting Olympic champion receives her due. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Mr. Wizard meets Sweet Valley High in a fly-on-the-wall look at some of the future scientists of America."
A year in the lives and experiments of one exceptional high school science class. Read full book review >
RECKLESS by Robert K. Brigham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"If readers accept Brigham's evidence, which is considerable, the still-living Kissinger deserves to be disgraced."
A historian specializing in American foreign policy mines newly available archives to expose Henry Kissinger as a lying, self-serving, and incompetent presidential adviser who collaborated with Richard Nixon to allow the North Vietnamese victory against the American-backed South Vietnamese. Read full book review >
ALPHA ONE SIXTEEN by Peter Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A worthy entry in the vast library of books devoted to a misbegotten conflict."
Thoughtful, provocative memoir of slogging through one of the worst of many bad years of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by Maxwell King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Serviceable overall, but strong in its demonstration that Rogers was not just a good neighbor and a good friend to children, but also a very good man."
"The man who conveyed a Zen-like calm on television saw a psychiatrist for decades." So writes Pittsburgh-based nonprofit CEO King at one of many points in which he emphasizes that the beloved star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a sometimes-contradictory fellow. Read full book review >
FLAT by Catherine Guthrie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Filled with great openness and sincerity, the book adds an original and colorful layer to the pink-ribbon world of breast cancer."
A women's health journalist chronicles her two bouts with breast cancer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A well-informed history of a powerful dynasty."
A vivid portrait of California's land and people emerges from a sympathetic family biography. Read full book review >
VANISHING TWINS by Leah Dieterich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Graceful snapshots of a life that lyrically coalesce into expressive declarations of identity and intimacy."
An unconventional literary self-portrait examining the relationships that shaped a writer's identity. 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 >