Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

LET IT BE by Travis Bolourian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An engrossing tale of an Iranian entrepreneur's hardships and misadventures as he made his way to America."
A debut memoir recounts the struggles of an immigrant to the United States from Iran. Read full book review >
RIOT DAYS by Maria  Alyokhina
written and illustrated by Maria Alyokhina
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An inspirational memoir about youthful idealism and the power of popular culture to challenge the status quo."
The inside story of the Russian rock revolutionaries and the trial and prison ordeals that followed their arrest. Read full book review >

SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >
GRANT by Ron Chernow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"At nearly 1,000 pages, Chernow delivers a deeply researched, everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know biography, but few readers will regret the experience. For those seeking a shorter treatment, turn to Josiah Bunting's Ulysses S. Grant (2004)."
A massive biography of the Civil War general and president, who "was the single most important figure behind Reconstruction." Read full book review >
REAL AMERICAN by Julie Lythcott-Haims
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Many potent and painful reminders that we have a long, long way to go regarding race and identity."
In a text that resembles a memoir, a prose poem, and an album of verbal snapshots, a writer from a mixed racial background chronicles her journey—and battle—to understand her racial identity. Read full book review >

THE BROKEN COUNTRY by Paisley Rekdal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A poignant, relevant synthesis of cultural studies and true-crime drama."
A compact, thoughtful debut addressing violence, immigrant identity, and the long shadow of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
THE RING OF TRUTH by Roger Scruton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An admirable, welcome effort to illuminate one of the most significant artistic achievements of the modern age."
The noted philosopher and writer takes on Richard Wagner's operatic masterpiece in this thorough critical study. Read full book review >
SWIMMING WITH ELEPHANTS by Sarah Bamford  Seidelmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A feel-good story for like-minded readers who also seek 'the love and compassion of the Universe.'"
How the author "left medicine to pursue a radically different path," as she embarked on "the messy process of finding my connection to the Divine and learning to trust its guidance." Read full book review >
THE AWAKENED WOMAN by Tererai Trent
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An empowering story coupled with easy-to-navigate steps that can help any woman achieve her full potential."
An African woman buries her written dreams in the dirt and makes them come true. Read full book review >
I HEAR SHE'S A REAL BITCH by Jen  Agg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An inspiring, graphic, and funny memoir from an entrepreneur unafraid to tell it like it is."
One of Canada's most famous and successful restaurateurs chronicles the ups and downs of being a successful woman in a famously sexist industry. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A YOUNG POET by David  Biespiel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Lyrical, affectionate anecdotes about friends and family round out the author's graceful reflections on creativity."
Tracing the evolution of a poet's passion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A very funny and candid memoir, in an occasionally cringeworthy sort of way."
The veteran singer/songwriter delivers a memoir as "album liner notes; something extra, informative, and interesting." 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 >