Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

SURPASSING CERTAINTY by Janet Mock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A defining chronicle of strength and spirit particularly remarkable for younger readers, both in transition or questioning."
Journalist and TV television host Mock's second memoir (Redefining Realness, 2014) addresses issues of identity, insecurity, and self-discovery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A lightweight entertainment that demonstrates the old saw that life can truly be stranger than fiction."
The actor who played "the most interesting man in the world" is more interesting than you might have anticipated. Read full book review >

LINCOLN AND THE ABOLITIONISTS by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An eye-opening biography from a trusted source on the topic."
A fresh look at John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, abolitionism, and other related American history. Read full book review >
HUNDREDS OF INTERLACED FINGERS by Vanessa Grubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"The book will appeal specifically to those personally affected by kidney disease but should also fascinate anyone interested in the state of health care in the United States."
A nephrologist's memoir of navigating the kidney disease of a loved one. Read full book review >
HUNGER by Roxane Gay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath."
A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. Read full book review >

CHICAGO by Sonya Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2017

"A simple but engaging Christian memoir."
A series of gentle reminiscences about the author's childhood and early adulthood. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A MUSLIM by Haroon Moghul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Studded with some useful observation but fails to properly address the title."
The troubled tale of one man's search for faith and happiness. Read full book review >
MARCEL'S LETTERS by Carolyn Porter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A flawed but intriguing memoir from a diligent researcher."
A graphic designer and self-described "typography geek" tells the story behind the creation of her award-winning font, P22 Marcel. Read full book review >
THE LOYAL SON by Daniel Mark Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A perceptive, gritty portrayal of the frenzy of war and a father and son caught at its tumultuous center."
A gripping history of a family torn apart by political upheaval. Read full book review >
KENNEDY AND KING by Steven Levingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-documented narrative that would benefit from more consistent analysis."
A dual biography chronicles three years of upheaval in the civil rights movement. Read full book review >
MAKING RENT IN BED-STUY by Brandon  Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A thought-provoking examination of the millennial black experience in the first decade of the 21st century."
Race and identity loom large in Harris' highly personal and equally cerebral retrospective of his early days treading the streets of Brooklyn. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A singular study exhibiting both military duty and human compassion."
An insider account of the last days guarding, and bonding with, the former president of Iraq. 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 >