Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

ADVENTURES IN ALASKA WITH MY ANGEL JOE by Les  Bingman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2017

"A thoroughly engaging account of a modern-day adventurer in the Alaskan backcountry—with spiritual elements mixed in."
A bush pilot relates his many encounters with his guardian angel in Alaska. Read full book review >
MANIFESTING ME by Leah E.  Reinhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A memoir that crafts a neatly resolved narrative though it doesn't always dive as deeply as it could have."
Reinhart's debut memoir recounts her childhood and early adulthood as she worked toward stability and self-realization. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A thoughtful account of the exhilaration—and potential disenchantment—that accompanies career achievements."
A debut rags-to-riches memoir follows a man's trek from inauspicious beginnings to success in advertising. Read full book review >
HOW GOD SHOWS UP by Judith Marie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2017

"A strikingly honest, if unevenly written, account of time spent with life and death."
A memoir of one woman's experiences with tragedy and spirituality. Read full book review >
FIREFLIES IN THE DARK by Lasantha  Rodrigo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2016

"An affecting self-portrait of perseverance in the face of misfortune."
In this debut memoir, a Sri Lankan man chronicles his struggles with sexual identity and a serious illness. Read full book review >

ABLE-BODIED LIKE ME by Matt  Glowacki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2018

"A perceptive discussion of disability and bias."
A man born without legs recounts his struggle to accept his disability and the misperceptions of others. Read full book review >
THE BRINK by Marc Ambinder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An informative and often enthralling book, but it is tough sledding. Readers must pay strict attention lest they get lost in the story."
An account of the tense relations between the United States and the Soviet Union during Ronald Reagan's first presidential term. Read full book review >
STRANGE STARS by Jason Heller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Sci-fi geeks with a penchant for rock 'n' stomp, prog excess, and other flavors of pop will enjoy this one."
The mothership connection is clear: Where there's rock 'n' roll, science fiction isn't far away, as Hugo Award winner Heller (Taft 2012, 2012, etc.) deftly demonstrates. Read full book review >
ROOM TO DREAM by David J. Lynch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"Although an awkward read, the book abounds in great stories and terrific movie trivia that will sate Lynch fans for years to come."
It takes a tag-team effort to tell this ambitious life of the enigmatic filmmaker and artist. Read full book review >
LITTLE PANIC by Amanda Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"Stern is such a skilled stylist—and such an unforgiving judge of herself—that the memoir radiates a morbid fascination."
Stern (The Long Haul, 2003) offers a searing memoir about her lifelong panic disorder. Read full book review >
BECAUSE I COME FROM A CRAZY FAMILY by Edward M. Hallowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An affectionate, well-meaning memoir of how a psychiatrist gained empathy through his family's troubled lives."
A psychiatrist reflects on his childhood and the family members who struggled with mental health issues. Read full book review >
THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA by Nelson Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"A valuable contribution to our understanding of one of history's most vital figures."
An epistolary memoir of Nelson Mandela's prison years. 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 >