Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An uneven war story that will appeal to aficionados of the Pacific theater and wartime espionage."
Bringing to light a little-known facet of the Pacific theater in World War II. Read full book review >
MY LIFE WITH BOB by Pamela Paul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A thoughtfully engaging memoir of a life in books."
The editor of the New York Times Book Review writes about a book journal begun in adolescence that unexpectedly came to chronicle her own life story. Read full book review >

YOU DON'T LOOK YOUR AGE by Sheila  Nevins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"As in many collections, some of the pieces are disposable, but the best ones are honest, opinionated, and spirited."
A miscellany of musings about aging, love, work, and wisdom. Read full book review >
AMERICAN KINGPIN by Nick Bilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, readable true-crime tale that frames the likely future of the underground economy."
Engrossing account of the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, founder of the now-shuttered online drug bazaar the Silk Road. Read full book review >
PRIESTDADDY by Patricia Lockwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A linguistically dexterous, eloquently satisfying narrative debut."
A noted young poet unexpectedly boomerangs back into her parents' home and transforms the return into a richly textured story of an unconventional family and life. Read full book review >

PUNK AVENUE by Phil Marcade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Must-read for those who love that era and want a fresh perspective on it."
A musician's memoir of punk rock in its New York City heyday shows how much fun it was while it lasted, before AIDS and heroin had the last laugh. Read full book review >
ODD BIRDS by Ian Harding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Animal lovers in particular will find much to savor in this endearing, breezy memoir from a young, enterprising Hollywood actor."
A TV actor reflects on his life (so far) and a love of birding. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THEM by Richard Ford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A subtle, careful testament to devotion and a son's love for his parents."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer tells what he knows of the marriage of his loving parents—and what he can never know, as the only child who came between them. Read full book review >
JFK by Stephen Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Amid the stream of JFK books to be released for the centennial, this work should emerge as one of the most complete and useful."
Smith (Sloan School of Management/MIT), John F. Kennedy's nephew, and Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, 2016, etc.) assemble a large collection of material by and about the late president. Read full book review >
DRIVING MISS NORMA by Tim Bauerschmidt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An uplifting and life-affirming memoir."
A traveler/retiree's account of the lessons he learned about living well from touring the country with his dying nonagenarian mother. Read full book review >
MY LOVELY WIFE IN THE PSYCH WARD by Mark  Lukach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An honest and rewarding memoir of a couple's compassion and love for each other."
How one couple battled together against the wife's mental health issue. Read full book review >
A MAN AND HIS PRESIDENTS by Alvin S. Felzenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A well-delineated portrait of an impassioned conservative."
An admiring look at the career of William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008), public contrarian. 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 >