Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A powerful report on a relevant women's movement deservedly brought to light over a century after it occurred."
Historical survey of an early-20th-century initiative to control "promiscuous" women through forced quarantines. Read full book review >
MY COUNTRY, MY LIFE by Ehud Barak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An insider's view of a volatile and violent history."
A former prime minister reveals divisive conflict within and beyond Israel's borders. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"Will appeal to Revolutionary War buffs, mainly those interested in the back story of Vermont's early import in that war."
A focused history of Ethan Allen (1738-1789) and his men, who faced "some of the harshest combat in the American Revolution" and "made their own rules to create an independent republic, called Vermont." Read full book review >
END OF THE ROPE by Jan Redford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"Fails to scale the literary heights of Arlene Blum's Annapurna: A Woman's Place (1982) in the canon of women's mountaineering books but still worthy for aspiring climbers"
A memoir of mountaineering and life by a Canadian alpinist. Read full book review >
ROOTED COSMOPOLITANS by James Loeffler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2018

"A revealing account of complex aspirations for global justice."
The history of a campaign for a universal bill of human rights that generated fierce controversy. Read full book review >

LIKE BROTHERS by Mark Duplass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A rather chaotic and messy tale of talent, determination, and success in the world of independent film and TV that hardcore fans will enjoy."
A quirky inside portrait of brotherhood within the "insane Hollywood system." Read full book review >
HOUSE OF NUTTER by Lance Richardson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"An exciting addition to fashion history."
An exposé of the underrated designer who helped shape 20th-century European aesthetics. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A searingly candid memoir."
A popular blogger's tragicomic account of how early motherhood and marriage propelled her into a cycle of drug and alcohol addiction from which she narrowly escaped. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Illuminating and useful."
A distinguished business diversity expert advises women of color on how to move up the corporate ladder. Read full book review >
MONSOON MANSION by Cinelle Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A lyrically heartfelt memoir of resilience in the face of significant obstacles."
A young essayist's memoir of her extraordinary riches-to-rags childhood in the Philippines. Read full book review >
LIVING WITH LEONARDO by Martin Kemp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Sign up for these informative, witty, and opinionated art history classes."
A scholar looks back on a long career studying Leonardo da Vinci's life and works. Read full book review >
TRIP by Tao Lin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A kaleidoscopic fever dream of ideas, idolatry, and lots of drugs: uniquely produced and curiously intoxicating."
A drug-soaked excursion through addiction, psychedelics, and fascination with a visionary psychonaut. 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 >