Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

PAUL by N.T. Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A very human Paul, brought to life by an experienced teacher and pastor—an excellent introduction for general readers."
Wright (New Testament and Early Christianity/University of St. Andrews; The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion, 2016, etc.) draws from a lifetime of study on the figure of Paul to construct this useful biography of the early Christian missionary. Read full book review >
ONE GOAL by Amy Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An edifying and adrenaline-charged tale of how immigrant soccer players were able to translate 'tight-knit family and community connection to success on the field.'"
United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Read full book review >

CONCUSSION IS BRAIN INJURY by Shireen  Jeejeebhoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Perhaps overly expository for casual readers, but the intricate details of the author's experience are riveting and enlightening."
A brush with a life-threatening accident spurs a writer to investigate the "hidden epidemic" of debilitating brain trauma. Read full book review >
LARZ AND ISABEL ANDERSON by Stephen T. Moskey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2016

"An extensively researched academic resource that will appeal to scholars and students of the Gilded Age."
A biography of a Northeastern high-society couple of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A solipsistic memoir of student government service."
Johnson details how his college years shaped him into a student leader in this motivational memoir. Read full book review >

I CARRIED THEM WITH ME by Sara  Lumer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2017

"A simple, disciplined, and affecting addition to the genre of Holocaust memoirs."
A debut author recounts her experiences before and during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Sure to be a hot gag-gift item inside the Beltway—and to provoke angry tweets from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."
A rollicking spoof by classically trained actor Baldwin (Nevertheless, 2017), who has made considerable hay in the past year as the foremost Donald Trump impersonator, and Spy magazine co-founder Andersen (Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF A GRUMPA by James E.  Pennington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2017

"An appealing celebration of the joy in basic pleasures—family, travel, and wine."
In a hilarious departure from his previous work (Respiratory Infections: Diagnosis & Management, 1983), medical researcher Pennington pens a series of personal essays. Read full book review >
IT'S LIKE HERE ONLY BETTER by Robin  Landry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 13, 2014

"An uplifting account of a mother's spiritual connection to her son."
Landry (The Fall of Atlantis, 2012, etc.) remembers the teenage son she lost and catalogs the messages he sends from the spiritual beyond. Read full book review >
RENOIR'S DANCER by Catherine Hewitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A well-researched tribute to and resurrection of a master of fin de siècle art."
Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) may not be a name most people mention when they discuss great artists. This biography should change that. Read full book review >
I AM, I AM, I AM by Maggie O’Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An intriguing and mostly engaging collection of life-threatening stories."
A woman's striking and unexpected foray into near-death experiences. Read full book review >
THE EARTH GAZERS by Christopher Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Despite covering familiar ground, Potter delivers an enthralling account of the golden age of manned space travel that emphasizes the transcendent experiences of everyone involved, and he makes a convincing case that America lost something vital when it ended."
A history of the space program told through the lens of the handful of astronauts who have seen the Earth from space. 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 >