Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

OPEN HEART by Stephen   Westaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"Not without some gore but required reading for medical students and hospital-show junkies but also for anyone curious to learn about hearts and the heroic measures to save them."
A first-rate memoir from a British heart surgeon. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LOVED TOO MUCH by Jennifer Latson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A well-researched, perceptive exploration of a rare genetic disorder seen through the eyes of a mother and son."
A personal look at Williams syndrome, "a genetic fluke that strip[s] one in every 10,000 people of the inherent wariness, skepticism, and inhibition that [are] hardwired into the rest of us." Read full book review >

DOING TIME LIKE A SPY by John Kiriakou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2017

"An irreverent and unsettling footnote to the war on terror."
A maverick spy's season in prison. Read full book review >
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME by Sherman Alexie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Despite some repetition, this is a powerful, brutally honest memoir about a mother and the son who loved her."
The story of the popular Native American author's difficult upbringing. Read full book review >
DARING TO DRIVE by Manal al-Sharif
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intimate and powerful book from what is hopefully only the first of many Saudi voices to speak out."
Inside the walls of segregation and oppression dictating the lives of Saudi women. Read full book review >

I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE by Souad Mekhennet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Little in this distressing, revealing book portends hope for bridge building, but Mekhennet provides an eye-opening picture."
An unsettling firsthand report on the motivations of jihadis. Read full book review >
BLIND SPOT by Teju Cole
by Teju Cole, photographed by Teju Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A strange, cerebral, and very beautiful journey."
Memoir meets museum catalog in this engagingly meandering, genre-bending collection. Read full book review >
HEALING CHILDREN by Kurt  Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A genuine and inspiring chronicle of a doctor fighting the good fight."
A veteran surgeon looks at how medicine has evolved through his pediatric-centered practice. Read full book review >
GUIDEBOOK TO RELATIVE STRANGERS by Camille T. Dungy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Forthright, entertaining, often potent essays that successfully intertwine personal history and historical context regarding black and white in America."
A poet explores her experiences as a mother, teacher, black woman, and "conscientious outsider." Read full book review >
THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST by Karin Roffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"This incisive, groundbreaking portrait of the enigmatic and influential poet will be indispensable to all future biographical work."
The first "comprehensive" biography of the American poet's early years. Read full book review >
MEMORY'S LAST BREATH by Gerda Saunders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A courageous, richly textured, and unsparing memoir."
A former gender studies professor's memoir about living and remembering her life in the face of dementia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A dazzling, richly researched story impeccably told."
A masterful tale of music, social, and economic history. 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 >