Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

FIRE IN THE HEART by Mary  Emerick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A moving and bittersweet memoir of a woman's love affair with a unique profession."
An intimate account of what it means to be a female wildland firefighter. Read full book review >
BEFORE I HAD THE WORDS by Skylar  Kergil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An unremarkable but honest account of the young life of a transgender person."
A transgender person tells the story of his transition. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Lively and accessible—of broad interest to readers in philosophy, economics, political science, and other disciplines."
Affecting story of the friendship, intellectual and personal, of David Hume and Adam Smith, two of the greatest exponents of the Scottish Enlightenment. Read full book review >
AT THE STRANGERS' GATE by Adam Gopnik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not exactly a Horatio Alger story but an engaging tale of a writer finding his way in work and life."
A longtime New Yorker contributor writes about his early years in the city—the 1980s principally—ruminating about art and artists, love and apartments, writing and reading and speaking, and the city that he loves. 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 >

MAYHEM by Sigrid Rausing
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stylish and devastatingly lucid memoir."
The piercing, fragmented story of how the author watched the horrific toll drug addiction took on her brother and his wife. Read full book review >
BORDER by Kapka Kassabova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A dreamlike account that subtly draws readers into the author's ambivalent experience of a homeland that has changed almost beyond recognition."
A writer who has lived in Scotland for many years chronicles her return to her birthplace to explore the idea and reality of boundaries between nations. Read full book review >
CROSSINGS by Jon  Kerstetter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An inspiring memoir that will be highly useful to readers struggling with PTSD and other wartime injuries."
A soldier and physician writes of overcoming wounds visible and invisible upon returning from battle. Read full book review >
THE LAST OF THE TSARS by Robert Service
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A compelling work; organized, concise, and chilling."
A scholarly biography that goes beyond the gruesome depictions of the Romanovs' end to examine the more complicated nature of Nicholas II's character. Read full book review >
BLOOMBERG by Chris  McNickle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A sturdy biography; though not uncritical, probably best suited to those inclined to be well-disposed toward Bloomberg and his years in office."
A biography of three-term New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (b. 1942). Read full book review >
VICTORIA & ABDUL  by Shrabani  Basu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"King Edward's success in repressing stories of one of Queen Victoria's advisers has now been overturned with solid research and crisp, clear writing."
The story of the Indian man who took the place of John Brown in Queen Victoria's life and heart. Read full book review >
CUZ by Danielle Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A searing memoir and sharp social critique marred only slightly by the author's excessive self-flagellation."
A professor turns to her family to offer a powerful memoir revolving around her younger cousin, who was murdered at the age of 29. 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 >