Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

CONGRATULATIONS, WHO ARE YOU AGAIN? by Harrison Scott Key
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A solid sophomore outing that will have readers looking for more from this talented author."
Humorist Key (English/Savannah Coll. of Art and Design) follows up his Thurber Prize-winning memoir, The World's Largest Man (2015), with a book about the quiet indignities of being an author. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE CALL by Eileen Rivers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A solid, fact-filled look at an underreported piece of the American military."
How the presence of Female Engagement Teams has affected the attempt to bring change to Afghanistan. Read full book review >

A FOREVER FAMILY by Rob Scheer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A heartwarming, hopeful memoir brimming with humanitarianism and compassion."
A former foster child pays its forward by cultivating his own unconventional family. Read full book review >
THE WOO-WOO by Lindsay Wong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A raw, profane, and funny memoir."
The story of a volatile Chinese-Canadian childhood in a family beset by the "Woo-Woo" of mental illness. Read full book review >
WHEN WOMEN RULED THE WORLD by Kara Cooney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Cooney provides welcome insights into pharaonic politics while bringing numerous little-known Egyptian women to the fore."
An accessible spin through the corridors of power in ancient Egypt, corridors that converged on thrones on which women reigned. Read full book review >

INHUMAN LAND by Józef Czapski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A good complement to Slavomir Rawicz's The Long Walk, Primo Levi's The Truce, and other accounts of wartime dislocation."
A sharply observed account of war behind the Russian lines from an accidental observer. Read full book review >
ALMOST NOTHING by Eric Karpeles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A Zelig-like figure, Czapski is, by Karpeles' account, 'largely unknown to American readers and artists.' This fine biography serves as a useful corrective."
Engaging life of a little-known artist and writer who was on hand for some of the 20th century's major events. Read full book review >
THE MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE by Mark Lamster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Offering a fresh look at his subject's less-than-savory aspects, Lamster portrays a diffident genius for whom being boring was the greatest crime and whose work, while often riveting, was also 'barren and inert and lonely.'"
An astute but not terribly sympathetic look at the influential modernist architect. Read full book review >
WE by Ben  Barnz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An engaging account of a gay man who fervently wishes to start a family."
A gay Hollywood couple struggles through a custody dispute after adopting a baby in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
STORIES FROM THE TENTH-FLOOR CLINIC by Marianna Crane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An honest, compassionate look at what it takes to care for some of America's most vulnerable citizens."
A veteran nurse practitioner reflects on her time working in a clinic for elderly, low-income patients in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
TWO MINUS ONE by Kathryn  Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Truthful, dignified, and pragmatic writing."
A woman chronicles a painful divorce in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
THE ANNOTATED MEMOIRS OF ULYSSES S. GRANT by Ulysses S. Grant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"This is the edition that serious students of the Civil War, and Grant's role in it, will want. Indispensable."
A new edition, with thorough commentary, of the memoirs of an American Caesar—and indeed, a book long reckoned to be America's version of The Gallic Wars. 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 >