Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A moving, genuinely uplifting tale that highlights how resilient the human spirit can be."
An inspiring true story about the power of hope, optimism, and grit in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Read full book review >
A WORLD TO WIN by Sven-Eric Liedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Outstanding. Not the book for a budding Marxist to start with, but certainly one to turn to for reference and deeper insight."
Readers of all nations, get to work: Swedish scholar Liedman (Emeritus, History of Ideas/Univ. of Gothenburg) turns in a study worthy of Isaiah Berlin of communism's most influential theoretician. Read full book review >

A SPY NAMED ORPHAN by Roland Philipps
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A solid if sometimes plodding account, of much interest to students of espionage and counterintelligence."
A tale of the tangled web spun by a Briton who spied for the Soviet Union and ended his days in Moscow exile. Read full book review >
COUCHSURFING IN IRAN by Stephan Orth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A breezy narrative that offers a couch-level view of Iran that you won't find in travel guides."
A German-based journalist chronicles his travels to Iran. Read full book review >
YOUNG WASHINGTON by Peter Stark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A discerning history of pre-Revolutionary America and the man who shaped its future."
As a young man, the eminent Founding Father was impetuous, thin-skinned, and prone to anger and paranoia. Read full book review >

ON LEOPARD ROCK by Wilbur Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A good read for his fans; a relic from another age for the rest of us."
The adventurous autobiography of one of the world's most prolific and popular novelists. Read full book review >
FAILURE IS AN OPTION by H. Jon Benjamin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"More a collection of gags than a thoughtful examination of a life, the book is best experienced in bits and pieces in order to avoid the impression of being trapped in an elevator for hours with a stand-up comic."
Voice actor and stand-up comedian Benjamin structures a free-wheeling memoir of his rather uneventful life around the many failures he has experienced. Read full book review >
THE TRAGEDY OF BENEDICT ARNOLD by Joyce Lee Malcolm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Readers will decide if Arnold's choices were forced upon him or if he was, indeed, flawed. Malcolm provides plenty to consider."
An attempt to bring understanding, if not forgiveness, to the story of Benedict Arnold (1741-1801). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A fact-filled, exciting tale of a ship's tragic final voyage. A good complement to Slade's more well-rounded book."
Tense recounting of the final hours aboard a cargo ship that went down in a hurricane with all hands onboard. Read full book review >
WHAT MY LEFT HAND WAS DOING by Joann  Castle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"An edifying blend of American history and personal reflection."
Debut author Castle recounts a life devoted to social activism in the tumultuous 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
THE LIGHT IN HIS SOUL by Rebecca  Schaper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2018

"A moving, passionate personal narrative of trauma and healing."
A woman reconnects with her schizophrenic brother when he reappears in her life after a 20-year absence in this debut memoir, written with novelist Jones (Choke Hold, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
THE RED CADDY by Charles Bowden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2018

"A memoir about an American original by an American original, a literary journalist who merits more than a regional readership."
An unflinchingly honest writer addresses the death of his friend and kindred spirit Edward Abbey (1927-1989). 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 >