Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

SO HAPPINESS TO MEET YOU by Karin Esterhammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A brisk chronicle of a family's (mis)adventures in Vietnam."
A lighthearted memoir of new friends, delicious food, and culture shock. Read full book review >
SAVING CHARLOTTE by Pia de Jong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A tender evocation of fear, hope, and love."
A mother recounts a year in her family's life as they confront their newborn's devastating diagnosis. Read full book review >

WE ARE SYRIANS by Adam Braver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Compelling narratives that reveal a grave disillusionment with the world's responses to the Syrian crisis."
Three Syrians who have faced down their country's police state tell their respective first-person stories. Read full book review >
APPRENTICED TO VENUS by Tristine  Rainer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Feminists and fans of Nin's work will enjoy this unique insider's portrait of a complex, pivotal figure in women's liberation."
Getting to know lust, love, and Anaïs Nin (1903-1977). Read full book review >
ESTRANGED by Jessica Berger  Gross
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"An unsentimentally courageous memoir."
Essayist Gross (editor: About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope, 2006) tells the story of growing up with and then permanently leaving behind the parents who abused her. Read full book review >

HANNIBAL by Patrick N. Hunt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A thrilling page-turner about one of history's most brilliant strategists and tacticians."
An archaeologist and historian shares his vast knowledge of the life of the leader of the second Punic War (213-202 B.C.E.). Read full book review >
CHESTER B. HIMES by Lawrence P. Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A tumultuous life rendered in never-dull, enlightening fashion."
Jackson (English and History/Johns Hopkins Univ.; My Father's Name: A Black Virginia Family After the Civil War, 2012, etc.) takes a confusing, twisted tale of a writer and lays it out in a readable, straightforward biography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A highly polished memoir of enormous heart."
The Latvian world of her grandmother draws the writer, an American, back to the old country to re-create a vanished life between farm and war. Read full book review >
A BEAUTIFUL, TERRIBLE THING by Jen  Waite
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A frank and visceral dual timeline shows the romance and failure of a woman's marriage to a psychopath."
A woman discovers her husband is not whom she thought he was. Read full book review >
NIGHT CLASS by Victor P.  Corona
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Sociology taken to the streets and basements, yielding a well-wrought introduction to a scene little known—and perhaps little imagined—to outsiders."
An engaging, if unlikely, memoir of a scholar by day, club hopper by night. Read full book review >
TAMED BY A BEAR by Priscilla  Stuckey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"The book may find a few appreciative readers in Santa Fe and Sedona, but fans of actual ursines will want to look elsewhere, while those seeking wisdom from a bear ought to look no farther than A.A. Milne."
Albuquerque-based spiritual counselor Stuckey (Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature, 2012) delivers a tale of the bear as yogi. Read full book review >
THE NETANYAHU YEARS by Ben  Caspit
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A highly readable portrait of an enigmatic politician."
A biography of the steely Israeli prime minister that underscores his relentless, seemingly emotionless competitive drive. 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 >