Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
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 >

THE CHOICE by Edith Eva  Eger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A searing, astute study of intensive healing and self-acceptance through the absolution of suffering and atrocity."
A mental health professional braids stories of her patients' epiphanies with her own personal journey through Nazi Germany. 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 >
I’M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY by Andrea Jarrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stunning series of recollections with a feminist slant."
An essayist pens an ode to womanhood in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

A DISAPPEARANCE IN DAMASCUS by Deborah Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"In the stormwater's swirl, Campbell has found a bright and tender leaf to follow, and the effect on readers will be transformative."
A Canadian journalist covering the plight of Iraqis who fled to Syria a decade ago enlists the help of an Iraqi woman in Damascus—friendship and disaster ensue. Read full book review >
CHICAGO RENAISSANCE by Liesl Olson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history."
A strong argument for the Midwestern city's place as a hub for modernism as vibrant as Paris, Berlin, and New York. Read full book review >
AUTUMN by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Kirkus Star
by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Ingvild Burkey, illustrated by Vanessa Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An engagingly wide-ranging set of meditations."
The acclaimed author delivers a host of brief but insightful observations about the small matters of everyday life. Read full book review >
FREUD by Frederick Crews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Impressively well-researched, powerfully written, and definitively damning."
A thorough debunking of the Freud legend by an accomplished author and academic. Read full book review >
BONES by Joe Tone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A suspenseful story as well as a fascinating depiction of the mechanics of money laundering, the largely unfamiliar world of quarter horse racing, and the dynamics of an extended family, the book draws readers into the complexities of life at the border."
A deep dive into the world of the Mexican drug cartels and their unexpected relationship with quarter horse breeding and racing in the southwestern United States. Read full book review >
STANTON by Walter Stahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A lively, lucid, and opinionated history, and his research supports his skepticism on some historical claims. The book should be Stanton's definitive biography for some time to come."
An exhaustive biography of the most controversial figure in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Read full book review >
LIFE IN CODE by Ellen Ullman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"What Anthony Bourdain did for chefs, Ullman does for computer geeks. A fine rejoinder and update to Doug Coupland's Microserfs and of great interest to any computer user."
A sharply written, politically charged memoir of life in the data trenches by computer pioneer Ullman (By Blood, 2012, etc.). 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 >