Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

SWEET SPOT by Amy  Ettinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"Best consumed in small portions, Ettinger's book will be a vicarious treat for fellow addicts."
Essayist Ettinger's affection for ice cream takes her across the country in a search for variations on her favorite food. Read full book review >
CHIEF ENGINEER by Erica Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"A sturdy, illuminating biography."
A biography of the man who helped design and build one of the most iconic bridges in America. Read full book review >

THE GENIUS OF JANE AUSTEN by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"A thoroughly researched, somewhat scholarly investigation of Austen's oeuvre for devoted Austen fans with some background in literature."
Biographer Byrne (Kick: The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth, 2016, etc.) explores Jane Austen's passion for the theatre and the influence of comedic plays on her writing. Read full book review >
BUT SERIOUSLY by John  McEnroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"With his signature irreverence, tempered just a bit by age, McEnroe serves up a juicy, revealing look at how his tennis afterlife is playing out off the court."
The tennis legend reflects on later stages of his personal life and career. Read full book review >
OF LIFE AND TIME by Clifton L. West III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2017

"A deeply thoughtful account of the demands and rewards of Christian devotion."
An eclectic memoir focuses on the author's spiritual life. Read full book review >

THE VOICE OF AMERICA by Mitchell Stephens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"An entertaining look at a unique journalist."
The first biography of a largely forgotten journalist, documentary producer, and groundbreaking radio newscaster. Read full book review >
BE FREE OR DIE by Cate Lineberry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A worthwhile Civil War biography cogently presented and ready for the big screen."
An audacious paragon of the Civil War, now largely forgotten, is brought back to life, and his rags-to-riches adventure is certainly worth the revisit. Read full book review >
HOUSMAN COUNTRY by Peter Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"Delightful, enchanting, and learned."
A jolly good nostalgic walk through Housman country. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >