Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

FIRST TIME EVER by Peggy  Seeger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A quirky, unique, and fabulously memorable memoir."
A British-American musician reflects on her long life and colorful career as a folk singer. Read full book review >
ARTHUR VANDENBERG by Hendrik  Meijer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A sturdy and necessary biography of a politically principled man who is sadly fading into obscurity."
The executive chairman of superstore chain Meijer, Inc. offers a detailed and admiring biography of Arthur Vandenberg (1884-1951), who played key roles in forming U.S. policy throughout the early decades of the 20th century. 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 >
PRICKLY ROSES by Joyce Abell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Fond, charming snapshots from a lost age."
Anecdotes from a late-in-life writer revealing an unusual family history. Read full book review >

MONOGRAPH BY CHRIS WARE by Chris Ware
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"This collection has a last-word feel to it, offering a delightful summation of a fruitful and very busy last few decades. Fans, of course, will want much more, but this makes a great start."
The noted artist, collector, and visionary offers a personal anthology/memoir, complete with junior high photos and memories of the cul-de-sacs of Omaha. Read full book review >
EYEWITNESS: MY JOURNEY TO THE HAGUE by Isak Gaši
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Important, powerful; a cautionary tale about nationalism."
A chilling personal account of the atrocities committed by the Serbians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War as experienced by Gaši and told by debut author Koos. Read full book review >
PIZZA WITH JESUS (NO BLACK OLIVES) by P.J. Frick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A wrenching but ultimately heartwarming memoir of how one woman's faith softened her grief."
A collection of Christian-themed tales of life's heartbreak and redemption. Read full book review >
THE THREE LIVES OF JAMES MADISON by Noah Feldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A timely biography presenting a valuable counterbalance to the current enthusiasm for Hamilton."
Feldman (Law/Harvard Univ.; Cool War: The Future of Global Competition, 2013, etc.) returns with a substantial biography of our fourth president. Read full book review >
THE BURNING TIME by Virginia Rounding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An intriguing, astute look at this volatile period, though the author includes too many victim biographies, occasionally slowing the pace."
Rounding (Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina, 2012, etc.) explores the depth of the differences and the dangers of life under Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Mary. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thoughtful and thoroughly well-told—just the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully."
Blood is thicker than water, but friendship is perhaps thickest of all, particularly when it acts as a poultice for seemingly unhealable wounds. Read full book review >
THE WHITE KING by Leanda de Lisle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Recent elections in Britain and the United States have produced surprisingly dysfunctional governments. De Lisle's fine, revisionist view of Charles may arouse nostalgia for a time when national leaders, elected or not, looked out for the nonzealous majority."
Biography of an English king whose "life and reign add up to far more than the sum of his mistakes." 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 >