Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

LOST SOUL, BE AT PEACE by Maggie Thrash
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A thoughtful and compelling exploration of adolescence. (Graphic memoir/fiction. 13-adult)"
Thrash (Strange Lies, 2017, etc.) returns with a graphic memoir blended with fiction. Read full book review >
THE CORROSION OF CONSERVATISM by Max Boot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Republicans particularly need to read this book; it's not really news to the Democrats."
Washington Post columnist and CNN global affairs analyst Boot (The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam, 2018, etc.) contemplates the collapse of the GOP under the poisonous influence of Donald Trump. Read full book review >

HOW TO LEAVE by Erin Clune
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Even readers with no intention of uprooting their lives will likely be amused by Clune's low-key and relatable adventures."
A wry debut by a humorist and journalist that combines memoir with tongue-in-check self-help. Read full book review >
FOREVER HERSELF by Kerry L. Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A slow but purposeful and engaging remembrance."
In this debut memoir, Stevens pays tribute to his mother as an avid learner, wise teacher, and tender nurturer. Read full book review >
KICK-ASS KINDA GIRL by Kathi Koll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"An engaging, warts-and-all telling of the ups and downs of a full-time caregiver."
In this debut memoir, the wife of a wealthy entrepreneur cares for him after his debilitating stroke and reflects with pride on a life of service. Read full book review >

IT NEVER HAPPENED by Barbara  Van Driel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2018

"A fearless takedown of a major American institution."
A former FBI agent tells of her traumatic experiences while working for the bureau. Read full book review >
REAGAN by Bob Spitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A solid entry in the realm of presidential biography."
Veteran biographer Spitz (Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, 2014, etc.) offers a broad and occasionally deep cradle-to-grave examination of Ronald Reagan (1911-2004). Read full book review >
ON SUNSET by Kathryn Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A poignant and eloquent memoir."
A notable novelist and nonfiction writer's account of the once-wealthy grandparents who raised her and their fall from financial grace. Read full book review >
ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW by Nicole Chung
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A profound, searching memoir about 'finding the courage to question what I'd always been told.'"
An essayist and editor's account of her search for and reconnection with the parents who gave her up for adoption. Read full book review >
FAME by Justine Bateman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Instead of crashing and burning, Bateman has found a life outside the maelstrom, ably described in this sharp, take-no-prisoners book."
Now in her early 50s, the actress best known as a teenager on Family Ties lashes back at the distortions and toxicity of celebrity-obsessed culture. Read full book review >
STRUCK by Douglas Segal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Hope and love trump tragedy in this heartfelt, vigorous memoir."
A tragic accident drastically alters the lives and responsibilities of a producer and film and TV writer and his family. Read full book review >
SOUND by Bella Bathurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An illuminating memoir of hearing lost and found."
A memoir of hearing loss and what the author learned about the subject in general through her unexpected recovery from it. 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 >