Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

HOMING INSTINCTS by Sarah Menkedick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Menkedick's driving question is to figure out 'whether returning home signifies growing up or giving up or both—and if it's both, what exactly we want to give up in exchange for what.' The magic of this book is that she makes so personal a question so easily accessible to readers."
An account of the author's transition from wandering spirit to anchored, responsible mother. Read full book review >

KINGPIN by Richard Stratton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A pulpy, well-crafted recollection of time behind bars packed with unsettling questions about society's embrace of mass imprisonment and the drug war."
A tense account of a rakish, unrepentant cannabis merchant's time in prison. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A timely story of fragmentation and division and of picking one's way through the minefield that was—and is—the racially riven South."
"The only thing I felt certain about was how little progress I was making in understanding my grandfather"—a searching quest for roots in the African-American heartland. Read full book review >
WOLF NATION by Brenda Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though with some overlap with the existing literature, a useful survey of the current state of all matters lupine."
Blending solid history with on-the-ground reportage, natural history writer Peterson (Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America, 2016, etc.) turns in a spirited defense of Canis lupus. Read full book review >

MISTAKES WERE MADE by Fiona Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An account of an extraordinary life, marred by excessive angst."
A former actress struggles with a bout of spiritual ennui in this memoir. Read full book review >
WOMEN IN THE WORLD OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS by Leigh Fought
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A fresh and insightful perspective on a major historical figure."
Scrupulous research informs a new biography of the charismatic and influential African-American abolitionist. Read full book review >
LAST THINGS by Marissa Moss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"When Moss writes, 'this isn't how it's supposed to be,' other readers who aren't feeling what they're supposed to be feeling could well find comfort in a kindred spirit."
A graphic memoir by an author best known for her children's books details the devastating effects of her husband's amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on her entire family. Read full book review >
LAST MAN STANDING by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A sympathetic, evenhanded biography of a man notorious for his savage wit."
Biography of the acerbic, irreverent comedian who inspired a new generation of performers. Read full book review >
CHINA LAKE by Barret  Baumgart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"Nearly indescribable and utterly engrossing, this book is an urgent and terrifying cultural reflection, a startling look in the mirror."
A unique, alarming portrayal of the American military-industrial complex, the crisis of climate change, and the nature of truth and despair. Read full book review >
ART SEX MUSIC by Cosey Fanni Tutti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A bravura rock memoir vibrating with fierce and fearless memories—a must-have item for Chris and Cosey and Throbbing Gristle fans."
The female half of the alternative music group Chris and Cosey reveals the "harsh and definitely not rose-tinted view of my past." Read full book review >
TOUGH SELL by Tom Basile
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"An engrossing account of the author's own experiences written to justify questionable foreign policy that many readers will question."
A controversial defense of the 2003 military intervention in Iraq that overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein. 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 >