Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

FOR SINGLE MOTHERS WORKING AS TRAIN CONDUCTORS by Laura Esther Wolfson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"An impressive literary debut."
A translator's command of language belatedly finds her translating her own life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"An important story enriched by solid research and authorial commitment but weakened by excess."
A thoroughly researched but somewhat cluttered account of Ted Williams and other professional baseball players who enlisted in the military in World War II and also managed to play some baseball. Read full book review >

FIVE FOR FREEDOM by Eugene L. Meyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"A good book for Civil War buffs."
Former Washington Post reporter and editor Meyer (Chesapeake Country, 2015, etc.) rights a wrong older than the Civil War: Five African-American men made up 25 percent of John Brown's crew at Harpers Ferry. Until the 2009 sesquicentennial, they were never mentioned. Read full book review >
AMERICAN DISCONTENT by John L. Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"Free of fake news, a smart, engaging road map regarding 'what happened.'"
Accessible analysis of the social trends that prefaced the shock to democracy of Donald Trump's electoral victory. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"A solid encapsulation of a significant, occasionally controversial career."
A political cartoonist shares his work and memories of his career while lamenting the current state of journalism and politics. Read full book review >

CALYPSO by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"Sedaris at his darkest—and his best."
In which the veteran humorist enters middle age with fine snark but some trepidation as well. Read full book review >
THERE ARE NO GROWN-UPS by Pamela Druckerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"A trenchant and witty book on maturity and 'middle-age shock.'"
A bestselling American author and journalist living in Paris investigates the "undeniably transitional" decade of the 40s. Read full book review >
NO ASHES IN THE FIRE by Darnell L. Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"An engaging meditation on identity and creativity within challenging settings."
Affecting memoir that looks back on surviving a hardscrabble childhood and learning to thrive as a queer black man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"There's a catharsis for all by the end but no smooth path or easy arrival."
A journalist comes to terms with the murder his beloved older brother committed, and a family tries to find some sort of redemption. Read full book review >
SEE YOU AGAIN IN PYONGYANG by Travis Jeppesen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"A candid and disturbing portrait of life under a dictatorship."
An American's travels in North Korea. Read full book review >
UNTIL FOREVER by Luisa Cloutier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2018

"An earnest account of a passionate marriage."
Love overcomes the boundaries imposed by language and political borders in this debut romantic memoir. Read full book review >
RAW by Bella Mahaya  Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Not sufficiently expansive or introspective to engage a wide audience."
A detailed memoir that addresses diet, therapy, and spirituality. 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 >