Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

KING OF SPIES by Blaine Harden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An engrossing hidden history of wartime espionage, with elements of derring-do and moral barbarity."
Fascinating account of an espionage pioneer who thrived during the Korean War and then disappeared into disgraced obscurity. Read full book review >
GOING INTO TOWN by Roz Chast
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chast's voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city."
The highly regarded New Yorker cartoonist lets readers see the city she loves through her eyes. Read full book review >

THE COLLECTOR OF LIVES by Ingrid D. Rowland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Rowland and Charney do more than deliver a richly detailed life of this singular Renaissance figure. They raise intriguing questions about how tastes and standards develop."
The life and times of a true Renaissance man who knew everyone—and immortalized them forever. Read full book review >
MENTAL by Jaime Lowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A moving exploration of mental health and the efficacy of available treatment."
Lowe (Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB, 2008) deconstructs her decadeslong battle with bipolar disorder and the drug that brought her sanity—at the cost of her physical health. Read full book review >
ADULTS IN THE ROOM by Yanis Varoufakis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"It helps to have both a scorecard and an economics degree to follow some of the thornier arguments on debt structure and liability management, but this is an eye-opening look at the recent economic crisis in the eurozone."
A Greek economist-turned-politician looks at the neoliberal forces arrayed against the developing world, from the central banks to the European Union. Read full book review >

ANGELS IN THE SKY by Robert Gandt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An exciting military chronicle packed with well-documented, intimate portraits of a group of brave pilots."
Another look at the diverse collection of pilots who fought for Israeli independence, underscoring Nancy Spielberg's recent documentary, Above and Beyond, among other accounts. Read full book review >
START TO FINISH by Eric Lax
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Allen fans will delight in spending time with him by proxy, and anyone interested in modern film should find much of interest in this well-reported study."
A Woody Allen confidant follows the legendary filmmaker step by step through the making of a movie. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Eric Metaxas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Perfect for lay readers who want something more than a mere introduction to Luther."
A meaty autobiography of the Reformation leader. Read full book review >
THE ENCORE by Charity  Tillemann-Dick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An uplifting story of overcoming significant odds to fulfill a dream."
A renowned American soprano tells the "personal mythology of [her] opera." Read full book review >
THE GLASS EYE by Jeannie  Vanasco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A deceptively spare life story that sneaks up and surprises you with its sudden fecundity and power."
A young women's grief-stricken meditation on the loss of her beloved father illuminates a lifelong battle with crippling bipolar disorder and depression. Read full book review >
ADMISSIONS by Henry Marsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Another thoughtful, painful, utterly fascinating mixture of nut-and-bolts brain surgery with a compassionate, workaholic surgeon's view of medicine around the world and his own limitations. Readers will hope that a third volume is in the works."
A retired British neurosurgeon delivers the follow-up to his well-received debut memoir, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery (2015). Read full book review >
A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY by Alexis  Okeowo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Cleareyed, lyrical, observant, and compassionate—reportage at its finest."
Examining conflicts in four African countries through the eyes of those experiencing and trying to fight them. 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 >