Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

A NORMAL LIFE by Kim Rich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An uneven memoir full of meticulous details and some funny moments."
The story of the author's search for a meaningful life after tragedy. Read full book review >
NO WAY HOME by Tyler Wetherall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A compassionate memoir of self-discovery."
A British-American journalist's account of growing up the daughter of a fugitive father. Read full book review >

THE NEUROSCIENTIST WHO LOST HER MIND by Barbara K. Lipska
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A harrowing, intimately candid survivor's journey through the minefields of cancer treatment."
A vibrant mental health expert's bout with brain cancer and the revolutionary treatments that saved her life. Read full book review >
SPACE ODYSSEY by Michael Benson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essential for students of film history, to say nothing of Kubrick's most successful movie."
A fascinating, detail-rich account of the long slog to make the science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT MAKE WHITE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE by Michael Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A fiery memoir/manifesto by an athlete with his heart in the right place."
An outspoken activist athlete practically dares readers to think of professional football and its players in the same way again after finishing this book. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM by Brantley Hargrove
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An enthralling profile of a storm enthusiast and adrenaline junkie who took his intense interest to extreme measures."
An adroit biography of a thrill-seeking storm chaser. Read full book review >
EISENHOWER VS. WARREN by James F. Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A well-written, salutary illustration of the principle that honorable men can disagree about the pace and the means of effecting social change."
Two midcentury giants clash behind the scenes over civil liberties. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A provocative, urgent history with significant lessons for today."
How did Adolf Hitler, an obvious extremist, con a nation into backing him? This historical essay answers the question, to often unsettling effect. Read full book review >
TWO SISTERS by Åsne Seierstad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"'Is it ethically defensible to focus on the lives of two girls when they have not granted their consent?' Seierstad wonders at the end. That is for readers to decide, now knowing much more about what drives people to fanatical causes."
In which the sins of the children are visited upon the fathers: an unblinking journalistic account of the life of the jihadi. Read full book review >
AN ACADEMIC LIFE by Hanna Holborn Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Readers interested in academic administration or the history of American universities would do well to spend a couple hours in Gray's edifying company."
The first woman to serve as president of a major research university intermingles her impressive life story with the history of American higher education in the 20th century. Read full book review >
RAISING MYSELF by Beverly  Engel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A gut-wrenching, cleareyed coming-of-age memoir with thin storytelling."
In this memoir, self-help writer Engel (It Wasn't Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion, 2015, etc.) recounts a painful childhood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A memoir that makes palpable the immense influence of an organization that has improved so many women's lives."
The president of Planned Parenthood recounts her life as an activist. 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 >