Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

CONVICTING AVERY by Michael D. Cicchini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Will engage fans of the series and readers who wonder if prosecutors really do cut corners in their campaigns against serious criminals."
Rebuttal of the case against Steven Avery, from a defense attorney who sees larger patterns of malfeasance in Wisconsin justice. Read full book review >
THE DEAD INSIDE by Cyndy Etler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Raw and absorbing, Etler's voice captivates. (author's note) (Memoir. 15 & up)"
In this debut memoir, Etler takes readers on a harrowing journey into Straight Inc., a nightmarish drug rehab that used controversial methods to "treat" its patients. Read full book review >

FLAUBERT IN THE RUINS OF PARIS by Peter Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Flaubert's writing is vitally important to anyone seeking to understand the history of the period, and Brooks provides a scholarly but not inaccessible entry point."
Detailed examination of Gustave Flaubert's historical novel Sentimental Education (1869) and how it may have prophesied the "terrible year" of 1871. Read full book review >
REBEL MOTHER by Peter  Andreas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An illuminating portrait of a childhood of excitement, adventure, and love positioned against the backdrop of 1970s-era South America."
Reflections on a childhood spent with a feminist, revolution-minded mother. Read full book review >
ARNIE by Tom Callahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An enjoyable book about golf for golfers who play the game and enjoy reading about its history."
An insider chronicles the career of the great golfer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A diverting view of some Americans' roles in this century-old conflict. For a more fine-grained focus on the ordinary man, see Peter Englund's The Beauty and the Sorrow (2012)."
World War I as seen through the private writings of American participants. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Dense with material and flavor of the epoch."
An intimate biography of Henry VIII's fifth queen: vivacious young woman who only wanted to have fun or a tragic victim of abusive elders? Read full book review >
DARWIN'S FIRST THEORY by Rob Wesson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A welcome addition to Darwin studies."
A geologist dives headfirst into an exploration of Charles Darwin and his work, demonstrating how he shares Darwin's "passion for understanding the earth and Homo Sapiens' place upon it." Read full book review >
MY MOTHER'S KITCHEN by Peter Gethers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A loving family portrait and a treat for foodies."
A celebration of food connects a mother and son. Read full book review >
OFF THE GRID by Randy Denmon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A facile narrative about haves traveling in a land of have-nots."
An engineer and novelist's account of how he traveled from Louisiana to Panama in an electric car. Read full book review >
FALSTAFF by Harold Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"In this first of five books about Shakespearean personalities, Bloom brings erudition and boundless enthusiasm."
An ardent admirer of Shakespeare analyzes an incomparably robust character. Read full book review >
BALLPLAYER by Chipper Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"There will be little readership for the book outside of baseball fans, especially in the Atlanta area, but those fans will find a clear, readable old-school account of a player who almost certainly will be voted into the Hall of Fame, possibly as early as 2018, his first year of eligibility."
An Atlanta Braves legend tells his story. 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 >