Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

INSEPARABLE by Yunte Huang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A vivid portrayal of the trials and triumphs of two determined men."
The fascinating story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), who became wealthy celebrities in Jacksonian America. Read full book review >
THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Thomas Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A fresh and perceptive analysis of Roosevelt's contributions to literature."
The author of more than 35 books and 150,000 letters found time to be 26th president of the United States. Read full book review >

RED HOT MAMA by Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An appreciative celebration of a dynamic entertainer."
Bold and sassy, the legendary Sophie Tucker (1887-1966) influenced generations of women entertainers. Read full book review >
SOMETHING WONDERFUL by Todd S. Purdum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An exuberant celebration of musical genius."
From an incomparable partnership, musical theater rang out with ebullience, lyricism, and soaring melodies. Read full book review >
CLIENT EARTH by James Thornton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Anyone with an interest in environmental activism and environmental law will take pleasure in this vigorous account of justice in the making."
Give a hoot, don't pollute—and sue anyone who does. Read full book review >

THE RECOVERING by Leslie Jamison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"The bracing, unflinching, and beautifully resonant history of a writer's addiction and hard-won reclamation."
An alcoholic's confessional of life from buzzed adolescence to blitzed adulthood and the fellowship of recovery. Read full book review >
TO THE PROMISED LAND by Michael K. Honey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Less a revisionist history of King than a worthy look at a seldom-documented portion of his agenda."
A former civil rights organizer continues his studies about Martin Luther King Jr. by focusing on King's insistence that all Americans receive a living wage for their work. Read full book review >
THE HOPE CIRCUIT by Martin E.P. Seligman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Mildly controversial at points, mildly dismissive of such things as 'the overselling of neuroscience' at others, but altogether of interest to students of the mind."
A noted psychologist charts a long and not always happy life spent in service to positivity. Read full book review >
FIGHT LIKE A GIRL by Kate Germano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A no-holds-barred condemnation of discriminatory training policies within the Marines and of systemic sexism facing women everywhere."
A passionate account of a former Marine Corps officer's fight for equality and justice in a historically sexist system. Read full book review >
MY AMERICAN DREAM by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A warm story of a life buoyed by resilience, determination, love of family, and food."
A famous chef recalls her adventures in cooking. Read full book review >
NAPOLEON by Michael Broers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Readers will eagerly await the third volume."
The second of three volumes in the author's sweeping biography of the legendary general and emperor. Read full book review >
ENGINEERING A LIFE by Krishan K.  Bedi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A remarkable memoir about a young immigrant who becomes a successful engineer in the U.S. after years of hardship."
An Indian immigrant recalls his struggles to assimilate and build a career in America in the 1960s and '70s. 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 >