Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2018

"King's analysis of social issues, as delineated in Laurent's useful reappraisal, seems as relevant today."
In her debut book, Laurent (American Studies/Paris Institute of Political Studies) draws on extensive research into Martin Luther King Jr.'s writings, speeches, and papers as well as archival and published sources to make a strong argument that his campaign for social justice went beyond race to encompass broad, transformative social and economic changes for all poor Americans. Read full book review >
CHOICES by M. Kay  Runyan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2018

"A disturbing but inspiring memoir of a difficult childhood and adulthood."
In this debut memoir, Runyan describes how she was shaped by her hardscrabble upbringing. Read full book review >

BABEL by Gaston Dorren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A deft, spirited exploration of the connection of language to a nation's identity and culture."
Multilingual Dutch journalist and linguist Dorren (Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages, 2015, etc.) proves to be a genial, fascinating guide to the modes, manners, and curiosities of the most-spoken languages in the world. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE SHERLOCK by Christopher Sandford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Workmanlike but rather prosaic."
A tale of two detectives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Aviation history does a loop-the-loop as the author shares new and exciting insight into the history of the Wright brothers."
A look at the true story behind the Wright brothers and their famous flights at Kitty Hawk. Read full book review >

HANDEL IN LONDON by Jane Glover
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Lush and illuminating—a lovely structure built on a solid foundation of research, expertise, and affection."
How and why the young German musical genius moved to London, where his budding talent blossomed. Read full book review >
IKE'S MYSTERY MAN by Peter Shinkle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An important man in his day, neither of Cutler's secret lives now appears sufficiently interesting to merit the attention of 21st-century readers."
A biography of Robert Cutler (1895-1974), novelist, Boston banker, and President Dwight Eisenhower's first assistant for national security affairs, the position known today as National Security Advisor. Read full book review >
REVOLUTIONARY THREADS by Bobby Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An engaging and challenging read."
A post-hardcore rock star, community activist, and social justice intellectual offers an alternative look at countercolonial history through the lens of the Rastafari movement. Read full book review >
THE DEAN by John D. Dingell Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A hard-hitting critique of a nation 'in mortal peril.'"
The longest-serving member of Congress recalls a time when government worked for the people. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A massively ambitious compilation of history and stuff that will appeal to students of Napoleon and art history buffs but overwhelm general readers."
Voluminous chronicle of Napoleon's fanaticism about Roman antiquity and an ample catalog of his empire's acquisitions. Read full book review >
NEVER GROW UP by Jackie Chan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"There's plenty of chopsocky goodness here, but Chan also reveals a soulful, thoughtful side—just one you wouldn't want to mess with."
Hong Kong-born Chan (I Am Jackie Chan, 1998), action star and the world's best-known martial artist, outlines his life story in this (mostly) amiable memoir. Read full book review >
ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS by Mark Griffin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An engrossing and carefully documented account of a beloved film icon's life."
A thoughtful exploration of the career and elusive private life of Rock Hudson (1925-1985). 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 >