Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

I AM DYNAMITE! by Sue Prideaux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Although a bit dry in places, this is a rich, nuanced guide to a complex and tortured man."
A comprehensive biography of the philosopher who famously wrote that "God is dead!...And we have killed him." Read full book review >
FREAK KINGDOM by Timothy Denevi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"A thorough, timely, tautly written, and credible volume certain to be assigned by scores of journalism professors and a great new book for fans ready to move past Thompson's alter ego, Raoul Duke, to the next level."
A fresh biography of a significant period in the life of Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005). Read full book review >

SHOTGUNS AND STAGECOACHES by John Boessenecker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Though clearly for Old West buffs, this is an enjoyable excursion."
A rip-roaring history of moving the mail in the wildest of the Wild West days. Read full book review >
JOSEF ALBERS by Charles Darwent
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"An authoritative and sensitive portrait of a modern master."
Best known for his Homage to the Square paintings, Josef Albers (1888-1976) investigated clashing, merging, vibrating contours between colors. Read full book review >
AFTER EMILY by Julie Dobrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"All entries in the voluminous literature on Dickinson are controversial—some will bristle at such a positive depiction of Todd or suggest that some of Dickinson's relatives deserve more charity or credit. One hopes the controversy will simply bring increased attention to Dobrow's fresh, remarkable account."
An elegant recovery of the two women without whom "Because I could not stop for Death" likely wouldn't be required reading for American high school students. Read full book review >

THOMAS CROMWELL by Diarmaid MacCulloch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"A deeply researched, important biography that will set the standard for future Cromwell studies."
One of the leading historians of the English church offers a nuanced and appreciative but not hagiographic portrait of the Tudor politician and religious reformer who served—and then was sent to execution by—Henry VIII. Read full book review >
I MIGHT REGRET THIS by Abbi Jacobson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Charting the charms and obstacles in the everyday, Jacobson's book wobbles here and there, but it's mostly a pleasure to read."
The actor, producer, and series creator turns in a series of sketches, some brilliant and some pedestrian, chronicling episodes in her life to date. Read full book review >
BING CROSBY by Gary Giddins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"A deeply researched and thoroughly engrossing biography that confirms Crosby's essential role in the history of American music and film during a crucial period of the 20th century."
The second volume of a multipart biography of Bing Crosby (1903-1977), concentrating on his remarkable achievements during the war years. Read full book review >
SLOWHAND by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Extremely knowledgeable about the rock music scene, Norman tells Clapton's story with verve and insight."
The renowned guitar superhero emerges as "supersurvivor" in this authoritative biography. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT AARON by Jonathan Hernandez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Short chapters offer an inside, but hardly definitive, look at a very troubled man."
Was Aaron Hernandez a monster, a mystery, or a little of both? Read full book review >
THE WHITE MOTH  by Camilla   Calhoun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2018

"A captivating story about Italian culture, tradition, and long-lasting family connections."
A debut memoir by an American woman who relocated to Tuscany in the 1970s, which also acts as a biography of her Italian in-laws. Read full book review >
THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROOM by Norman  Mathews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2018

"A dynamic, if sometimes overly detailed, autobiographical debut."
A musician, playwright, dancer, and composer fondly remembers his lengthy, memorable life in musical theater. 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 >