Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

ALI by Jonathan Eig
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An exemplary life of an exemplary man who, despite a few missteps, deserves to be remembered long into the future."
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), the recently departed, self-styled greatest, gets an appropriately outsized—and first-rate—biography. Read full book review >
A WORLD ABLAZE by Craig Harline
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"Though far from a complete history and not a source of new material, the book achieves Harline's stated goal of producing an approachable, worthwhile introduction to the beginnings of the Reformation."
Looking back on the birth of the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >

SWIMMING WITH ELEPHANTS by Sarah Bamford  Seidelmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A feel-good story for like-minded readers who also seek 'the love and compassion of the Universe.'"
How the author "left medicine to pursue a radically different path," as she embarked on "the messy process of finding my connection to the Divine and learning to trust its guidance." Read full book review >
TRACES OF VERMEER by Jane  Jelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Featuring wonderful illustrations, engaging prose, and a deep knowledge of the craft, this is a study in art history and methodology to delight an audience beyond just visual artists."
A painter of still life and landscape shares her theories and re-creations of Johannes Vermeer's artistic methods, primarily whether or not he used a camera obscura. Read full book review >
HEMINGWAY AT EIGHTEEN by Steve Paul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A clear, concise, sympathetic account of a gifted young man discovering who he is—and what he can do."
Yes, there is more to learn about the man who remains one of America's most iconic writers. Read full book review >

CHIP KIDD by Chip Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"As for his own work, it is also constantly changing, as reflected in this vibrant decadelong retrospective, but it has most certainly endured."
More than a decade after the first, the second volume of art and anecdotes from one of the foremost book-jacket designers in contemporary publishing. Read full book review >
HIS OTHER LIFE by Melanie McCabe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A compelling personal and literary detective story."
A writer and English and creative writing teacher plumbs her father's past for the story of his first wife and discovers the tragic muse for one of America's greatest playwrights. Read full book review >
SAIGON CALLING by Marcelino Truong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"An excellent combination of personal insight and historical sweep."
The second volume of the author's critically acclaimed graphic memoir of the Vietnam War era. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE by Sharon Harrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A warm, engaging read about the ways in which memory distorts our understanding of family."
Years after the death of her father, a woman explores her family's past in this memoir. Read full book review >
LOSING MY RELIGION by Eric  T. Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2017

"A candid and thoughtful reflection on faith, reason, and art."
A debut memoir explores a young man's upbringing in the Mormon Church and his flight from it. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF PARIS by David Downie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A zesty, entertaining romp through the landscape of French food."
A Francophile takes a spirited jaunt through French history, focused on food. Read full book review >
THE COMFORT FOOD DIARIES by Emily  Nunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Nourishing, truthful reflections on family, friends, and love all wrapped up in the idea of food as sustenance for both the body and the soul."
A tale of recovery from a broken heart via comfort foods found across the United States. 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 >