Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

THE LAST OF THE TSARS by Robert Service
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A compelling work; organized, concise, and chilling."
A scholarly biography that goes beyond the gruesome depictions of the Romanovs' end to examine the more complicated nature of Nicholas II's character. Read full book review >
BLOOMBERG by Chris  McNickle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A sturdy biography; though not uncritical, probably best suited to those inclined to be well-disposed toward Bloomberg and his years in office."
A biography of three-term New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (b. 1942). Read full book review >

VICTORIA & ABDUL  by Shrabani  Basu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"King Edward's success in repressing stories of one of Queen Victoria's advisers has now been overturned with solid research and crisp, clear writing."
The story of the Indian man who took the place of John Brown in Queen Victoria's life and heart. Read full book review >
CUZ by Danielle Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A searing memoir and sharp social critique marred only slightly by the author's excessive self-flagellation."
A professor turns to her family to offer a powerful memoir revolving around her younger cousin, who was murdered at the age of 29. Read full book review >
MARITA by Marita Lorenz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The congeries of stories has its interest, but Lorenz is an indifferent writer. One hopes that the movie version, to which this ties in, has a little more zing."
"I was stupid and haughty then, a rebel. I sleep alone now": Lorenz delivers a tale of espionage and deceit, told with rueful candor. Read full book review >

THE RING OF TRUTH by Roger Scruton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An admirable, welcome effort to illuminate one of the most significant artistic achievements of the modern age."
The noted philosopher and writer takes on Richard Wagner's operatic masterpiece in this thorough critical study. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A very funny and candid memoir, in an occasionally cringeworthy sort of way."
The veteran singer/songwriter delivers a memoir as "album liner notes; something extra, informative, and interesting." Read full book review >
DRIVE FOR FIVE by Christopher Price
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"True believers across Patriot Nation will be gratified, but readers hoping for dispassionate analysis will be disappointed."
Reliving the New England Patriots' 2016 season, culminating in their implausible overtime victory in the Super Bowl. Read full book review >
I’M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY by Andrea Jarrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stunning series of recollections with a feminist slant."
An essayist pens an ode to womanhood in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
PROJECT SEMICOLON by Amy  Bleuel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Though Bleuel committed suicide in March 2017, Project Semicolon remains an active nonprofit support network, and this book is eloquent testimony of its work. (Nonfiction. 14-adult)"
An essay collection from contributors who have experienced mental illness or who have lost a loved one to suicide. Read full book review >
COMING TO MY SENSES by Alice Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An almost charmed restaurant life that exhales the sweet aromas of honesty and self-awareness."
The veteran and much-honored chef and writer returns with a memoir that shows how bumps, bruises, and even youthful confusion and clumsiness can form the Yellow Brick Road. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it."
The first of a Beatles expert's two-volume biography of Sir George Martin (1926-2016), up to his 40th birthday and the making of "Rubber Soul." 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 >