Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

STING-RAY AFTERNOONS by Steve Rushin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2017

"Rushin provides convincing evidence that life in the '70s wasn't as chaotic as it's often made out to be."
An award-winning sportswriter looks back, mostly fondly, at a childhood in the 1970s in a Minnesota suburb. Read full book review >
MAKING CONTACT by Sarah  Scoles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Scoles has done her homework, so readers will both understand and sympathize with Tarter, who has become an icon and role model despite pursuing a goal she knows she will never achieve."
The inspiring story of an important American astronomer who co-founded the SETI Institute, which was created "to study all aspects of the existence, formation, and evolution of life in the universe. Read full book review >

DYING by Cory Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"There is an ever expanding body of literature on coming to terms with mortality, and this entry ranks with the best."
An eloquent plea for a more humane approach to death and a moving meditation on the life that leads to that end. Read full book review >
RED FIRE by Wei Yang Chao
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2017

"A deeply satisfying book that recalls the horrors of Mao's rule."
A debut memoir centers on a teenager grappling with the dictates of the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2016

"A worthy review of sexism during the second half of the 20th century, although readers may find some sections on tax law and computer programming to be too technical."
Singer (A Simple, More Efficient Tax Collection System for America, 2005, etc.) offers a memoir that intertwines the story of her career with the battle for gender equality. Read full book review >

BEAUTY IN THE STORM by Ivette Vasquez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An emotional and difficult remembrance that ultimately acts as a reinforcement of Christian readers' faith."
A writer struggles to hold her family and faith together in the aftermath of a devastating car accident in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Practical, applicable health guidance validated by a remarkable collective of revered Chinese elders."
A career physician touts the prescription for a long, healthy life span. Read full book review >
THE STREAK by John Eisenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Eisenberg examines one of baseball's most venerated records while exploring what it all means, providing a compelling, thought-provoking history for fans of America's grand game."
The story of baseball's greatest iron men. Read full book review >
READING WITH PATRICK by Michelle  Kuo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Thoughtfully provocative reading."
The story of a mutually transformative friendship between the author and a black student she met as a Teach for America volunteer in Arkansas. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE HIGH BLUE AIR by Lu  Spinney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An engrossing and wrenching memoir."
A family's tragedy is revealed in agonizing detail. Read full book review >
SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY by Roger  Steffens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"The author's approach allows him to tell more of the story, and even without presenting Marley's voice directly, this is an illuminating portrait of an extraordinary life."
An oral history that presents a well-rounded portrait of the music legend, allowing for multiple, sometimes-conflicting, points of view. Read full book review >
SAVING DONKEY by Peter K. High
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"A breezy but nuanced road trip."
A New Zealand-based author offers a semifictional, meditative debut memoir involving motorcycles and Christianity. 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 >