Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

WHEN THE WORLD SEEMED NEW by Jeffrey A.  Engel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Useful reading for anyone with an interest in the first years of the post-Cold War era."
Revisionist study of George H.W. Bush's term in the White House, which saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the U.S. as the world's sole superpower. Read full book review >
FIRST FOUNDING FATHER by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sturdy, instructive biography of the 'first of the Founding Fathers to call for independence, first to call for union, and first to call for a bill of rights.'"
In public awareness, Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) has slipped into the cracks of historical anonymity; this book pulls him back into the light. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rapidly paced story of adventure 'to be appreciated as a reminder of the power of nature and of the struggle and triumph over disaster…and of the powerful urge to persevere and return home.'"
That Vitus Bering (1681-1741) sailed into the Bering Strait is no secret, but few outside Russia know how he did it. Read full book review >
THE LAST GIRL by Nadia  Murad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A devastating yet ultimately inspiring memoir that doubles as an urgent call to action."
A raw, terrifying account of religious genocide and life in captivity under the Islamic State by a young Yazidi woman who survived it. Read full book review >
EMERALD LABYRINTH  by Eli  Greenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Greenbaum's enthusiasm for his work shines through, as does his compelling message about the future of our planet."
An intrepid herpetologist's account of his grueling collection-based forays into the Congo. Read full book review >

8 SECONDS OF COURAGE by Flo  Groberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An inspiring book about heroism and sacrifice."
A French immigrant and U.S. Army captain tells the story behind the remarkable act of bravery that earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Read full book review >
DARKEST HOUR by Anthony McCarten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fresh, readable look at events and players that, though well-known to history, deserve to be studied for some time to come."
On the forging of the wartime Winston Churchill, a figure iconic to this day, in the crucible of events that took place in the spring of 1940. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WITNESS by RJ Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Sprinkled with subtle touches of poetic discourse and the author's deeply felt passion and admiration for Frank's work, this book is a page-turning emotional delight."
Dissecting the mysterious Robert Frank (b. 1924). Read full book review >
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A lively one-volume treatment well-suited to libraries and schools."
This focused study of the four term-winning president emphasizes his instinctive feel for the public mood. Read full book review >
BECOMING HITLER by Thomas  Weber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Compelling research and original insights bring a fuller understanding to the mind and motives of the demagogue."
Challenging the notion that Hitler was "merely an empty canvas that had been filled with the collective wishes of the Germans." Read full book review >
BOBBY KENNEDY by Chris Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A brisk, admiring portrait that burnishes the Kennedy image."
Recounting Robert Kennedy's political career. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An eloquent affirmation of the vast capacity of the human heart."
An Academy Award-winning filmmaker makes her literary debut with the stunning account of Gladys Kalibbala, who has devoted herself to rescuing lost children in Uganda. 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 >