Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

CARTOON COUNTY by Cullen Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Fun to flip through; engrossing to read."
Part memoir, part cultural history, part treasure trove of drawings and photographs, many previously unpublished—and all thoroughly delightful as a celebration of the golden age of newspaper comics. Read full book review >
AN UNCOMMON READER by Helen Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A well-informed perspective on early-20th-century literature."
A sensitive biography of an influential editor and critic. Read full book review >

SISTERS FIRST by Jenna Bush Hager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An enjoyably nostalgic scrapbook stocked full of memories from twins born into a political dynasty."
Fraternal twins and philanthropists Jenna (Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, 2007) and Barbara fondly portray the peaks and valleys of life carrying the Bush surname. Read full book review >
THE SPORTSCASTER'S DAUGHTER by Cindi Michael
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A remembrance that effectively captures the author's emotional pain and her attempts to come to terms with it."
The daughter of legendary sportscaster George Michael recalls their fractious relationship. Read full book review >
QUEEN VICTORIA'S MATCHMAKING by Deborah Cadbury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An instructive European history that effectively shows 'the influence of [Victoria's] matchmaking on the remarkable rise of the royal dynasty.'"
Digging deeper into Queen Victoria's extensive brood, their intermarriages, and their wars. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Repetitive in detail but cumulatively very moving."
An oral history of one horrific night when busloads of unarmed students were attacked by local Mexican police. Read full book review >
HOW WE WON AND LOST THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN by Douglas  Grindle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Maddening, but helpful in pointing the way toward meaningful reforms in the conduct of American policy in the region."
The U.S. has spent more than $1 trillion on the war in Afghanistan, with more to come. Journalist and military analyst Grindle shows why that loss of treasure has amounted to so little. Read full book review >
RED AT HEART by Elizabeth  McGuire
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A lively history of Chinese-Russian political and cultural symbiosis."
A cultural chronicle of the rich Chinese-Russian interplay and exchange from the 1920s to the 1950s. Read full book review >
BLACK TUDORS by Miranda  Kaufmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An eminently readable book that offers contemporary readers valuable insights into racial relations of centuries past."
An intriguing history of Africans in Tudor England. Read full book review >
LIGHT IN THE GARDEN by Robert Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2017

"A thoughtful reflection on spirituality that's too long and personal to attract much attention beyond the author's circles."
Inspired by the example of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Hart kept a journal of daily spiritual exercises. Read full book review >
UNLOCKING THE CAGE by Mark Tullius
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2017

"A sometimes-engaging but scattershot book that's part memoir, part journalism, and part inspirational self-help."
Novelist Tullius (Somber Stroll, 2017, etc.) shifts his focus from fiction to memoir in this exploration of mixed martial arts fighters and their motivations. Read full book review >
REDEMPTION by Barbara McVeigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2016

"The author's sailing expeditions may be of more interest to readers than the wandering voyage of self-discovery."
An environmentalist filmmaker recalls her long journey toward fulfilling her dream. 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 >