Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

LENIN by Victor Sebestyen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A compelling, cleareyed portrait of a dictator whose politics have unfortunate relevance for today."
An illuminating new biography of the cold, calculating ruler on whom the subsequent Soviet state modeled itself. Read full book review >
WHILE THEY'RE STILL HERE by Patricia Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Both crushing and uplifting; an account nearly as emotional as the caregiver's trials it vividly outlines."
The unexpected responsibilities of being her parents' full-time caregiver bring a dutiful daughter not only heavy burdens, but new revelations about her family as well. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Sure to be a hot gag-gift item inside the Beltway—and to provoke angry tweets from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."
A rollicking spoof by classically trained actor Baldwin (Nevertheless, 2017), who has made considerable hay in the past year as the foremost Donald Trump impersonator, and Spy magazine co-founder Andersen (Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A messy, self-serving rationalization of one of the biggest debacles in recent American political history."
The inside story of the 2016 presidential campaign, told by a once-powerful political operative pushed to the fringes of her own party. Read full book review >
GEOFFREY CHAUCER by David  Wallace
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Though chiefly a book for scholars and English majors rather than general readers, there is much to glean from this brief but thorough exploration of a seminal, enduring poet whose influence is still felt today."
A scholarly celebration of a "global Renaissance" in appreciation of Geoffrey Chaucer as the founding father of a great literary tradition. Read full book review >

FIRST TIME EVER by Peggy  Seeger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A quirky, unique, and fabulously memorable memoir."
A British-American musician reflects on her long life and colorful career as a folk singer. Read full book review >
ARTHUR VANDENBERG by Hendrik  Meijer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A sturdy and necessary biography of a politically principled man who is sadly fading into obscurity."
The executive chairman of superstore chain Meijer, Inc. offers a detailed and admiring biography of Arthur Vandenberg (1884-1951), who played key roles in forming U.S. policy throughout the early decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >
HOW WE WON AND LOST THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN by Douglas  Grindle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Maddening, but helpful in pointing the way toward meaningful reforms in the conduct of American policy in the region."
The U.S. has spent more than $1 trillion on the war in Afghanistan, with more to come. Journalist and military analyst Grindle shows why that loss of treasure has amounted to so little. Read full book review >
RED AT HEART by Elizabeth  McGuire
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A lively history of Chinese-Russian political and cultural symbiosis."
A cultural chronicle of the rich Chinese-Russian interplay and exchange from the 1920s to the 1950s. Read full book review >
PRICKLY ROSES by Joyce Abell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Fond, charming snapshots from a lost age."
Anecdotes from a late-in-life writer revealing an unusual family history. Read full book review >
MONOGRAPH BY CHRIS WARE by Chris Ware
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"This collection has a last-word feel to it, offering a delightful summation of a fruitful and very busy last few decades. Fans, of course, will want much more, but this makes a great start."
The noted artist, collector, and visionary offers a personal anthology/memoir, complete with junior high photos and memories of the cul-de-sacs of Omaha. Read full book review >
EYEWITNESS: MY JOURNEY TO THE HAGUE by Isak Gaši
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Important, powerful; a cautionary tale about nationalism."
A chilling personal account of the atrocities committed by the Serbians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War as experienced by Gaši and told by debut author Koos. 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 >