Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

NO WAY BUT THIS by Jeff Sparrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A lucid, thought-provoking tribute to Robeson by an author determined to stand where Robeson stood and imagine what he thought."
An Australian journalist and author walks in the footsteps of Paul Robeson (1898-1976), the gifted, celebrated, and controversial athlete, singer, actor, and social activist. Read full book review >
TREATING PEOPLE WELL by Lea Berman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"There's a shortage of books of advice to courtiers in the world. This one may not be quite in the league of Judith Martin, to say nothing of Machiavelli, but it's still highly entertaining and highly useful."
Have an urge to tweet, angrily, in the middle of the night? You might wish to curb it after reading this guide to modern manners by two former White House staffers. Read full book review >

GETTING OFF by Erica Garza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A provocative sojourn through the wilderness of sexual addiction."
A sex addict's bracing chronicle of erotic dependency. Read full book review >
TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Moving and deeply personal, Corrigan's portraits of love and loss urge readers to speak more carefully and hold on tighter to the people they love."
Ruminations about the power of 12 of life's essential phrases and the difficulty in learning to say them out loud. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Minutaglio and Davis are superb storytellers, and throughout the narrative, they nimbly move between their two converging subjects. Their account is expertly detailed and blessedly fat-free."
A riveting international chase between a tenacious but paranoid cat and a wily but delusional mouse. Read full book review >

BREAKING WHITE SUPREMACY by Gary Dorrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A richly detailed book of much scholarly interest to students and practitioners of church-based social activism."
Intellectual history of Martin Luther King Jr.'s forebears in the tradition of social gospel and how he extended their work into the political sphere. Read full book review >
ESCAPE ARTIST by William A. Noguera
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A provocative and sure-to-be-controversial portrayal of repentance through art."
How a death row inmate acquired solace and inner penance through education and art. Read full book review >
THE LONG HALF-LIVES OF LOVE AND TRAUMA by Helen Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2018

"A relentlessly probing memoir of a search for self-knowledge."
Excavating the past unearths festering wounds. Read full book review >
A CHICKEN IN THE WIND AND HOW HE GREW by Frank South
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2018

"Those with a family history of ADHD should especially enjoy these wry autobiographical writings."
Collected magazine columns convey the everyday familial and professional struggles of a man with ADHD. Read full book review >
REACHING THE SHORE by Bonnie Jane  Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2018

"A book that often effectively memorializes a beloved son who fiercely pursued redemption."
Hall (Earthships, 2017, etc.) recounts the experience of watching her son, co-author Douma (Hard Light, 2016, etc.), grow into an accomplished, caring man despite the limitations imposed on him by a life behind bars. Read full book review >
THE RUIN OF KASCH by Roberto Calasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Challenging, erudite, and unsettling observations on civilization and its plethora of discontents."
A fragmented, meditative inquiry into sacrifice, revolution, and modernity. Read full book review >
ACHTUNG BABY by Sara  Zaske
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An entertaining, informative, and enlightening narrative on the German methods of parenting that will have many in the U.S. reconsidering how they're raising their children."
How an American woman altered her parenting methods to mimic her new German neighbors. 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 >