Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

THE SEMINARIAN by Patrick Parr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"A cleareyed and honest account of some transformative experiences in the life of the gifted young man who would become a cultural icon."
The experiences of and changes in Martin Luther King Jr. during his three years (1948-1951) at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. Read full book review >
HELL'S PRINCESS by Harold Schechter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"A fascinating and dramatic page-turner that will be a new favorite among true-crime fans."
In this depraved story of sex, deception, greed, and murder, a veteran true-crime writer offers the first definitive history of Belle Gunness (circa 1859-1908), the most prolific female serial killer in American history. Read full book review >

THE MANSON WOMEN AND ME by Nikki Meredith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"An overlong and uneven but intermittently fascinating study of human behavior motivated by evil."
A personal and professional fascination informs this inquiry into various members of Charles Manson's family. Read full book review >
THE ONLY LIFE I COULD SAVE by Katherine Ketcham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"An expressive account of one family's struggles to help a child with serious addiction issues."
A woman struggles to cope with her son's addictions. Read full book review >
SWELL by Liz Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"Introspective and enlightening, Clark's seafaring memoir offers a rare glimpse into the solitary worlds of sail and surf."
One woman takes to the waves on a journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >

EVOLUTION OF DESIRE by Cynthia L. Haven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"A penetrating account of an important thinker—and as agile, profound, and affecting as its subject."
A biography provides a portrait of French theorist René Girard. Read full book review >
NIXON IN NEW YORK by Victor  Li
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"An engaging and well-written book that illuminates Nixon through the exploration of the midpoint of his career."
A biography of Richard Nixon focuses on his years at a New York law firm before running for president. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF MARK TWAIN by Gary Scharnhorst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2018

"A lively, richly detailed, and sharply perceptive biography."
The transformation of newspaperman Samuel Clemens into popular essayist and entertainer Mark Twain. Read full book review >
SELFIE by Will Storr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"Captivating, self-reflective research on our culture of rampant egocentricity."
Studying self-image from a variety of perspectives. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR STARS ON AN ISLAND IN MAINE by Alan Lightman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"From Newton and Galileo to Einstein and Aristotle, from St. Augustine and the Buddha to contemporary theological thought, Lightman presents a distilled but comprehensive survey of the search for meaning, or the lack thereof, in our longing to be part of the infinite."
One of our most reliable interpreters of science offers a slender book of ruminations that venture wide and deep. Read full book review >
REDEMPTION by Joseph Rosenbloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A skillful depiction of the people and the scenes surrounding the killing of the champion of the civil rights movement."
An encapsulation of the civil rights reformer's life through the lens of the 31 hours before his assassination in 1968. Read full book review >
THE SUN DOES SHINE by Anthony Ray Hinton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about truth, justice, and the need for criminal justice reform."
An urgent, emotional memoir from one of the longest-serving condemned death row inmates to be found innocent in America. 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 >