Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

THE ASHTRAY by Errol Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"The book may prove illuminating for patient readers, but Morris the scorned student is not Morris the filmmaker: he makes you work."
America's favorite myth-buster settles an old—and very arcane—score. Read full book review >
HERE WE GROW by Paige  Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An optimistic account that effectively advocates treating disease as something to work through— not fight."
An entrepreneur and speaker chronicles her breast cancer journey in this debut memoir and self-help book. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"A palpable, engrossing portrait of three extraordinary women and their tempestuous, fragile world."
A captivating triple biography reveals the women who inspired Marcel Proust's Duchesse de Guermantes. Read full book review >
WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY by Franchesca Ramsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An admirable exploration of the rapidly morphing boundaries of social mores and online outrage; the author helpfully points the way toward better communication."
The host of MTV's web series Decoded chronicles her difficulties navigating the early days of social media and her evolution as an advocate for social justice. Read full book review >
KINGS OF THE YUKON by Adam Weymouth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"In this timely story 'of relationships, of the symbiosis of people and fish, of the imprint that one leaves on the other,' Weymouth keeps the pages turning to the very end."
An analysis of the long history and perilous future of king salmon as well as an assessment of how the fish's vitality directly correlates to that of Alaska as a whole. Read full book review >

A BETTER PLACE by Pati Navalta  Poblete
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An eloquent message of comfort directed toward fellow travelers."
An author shares her struggle to find a meaningful mission after her son is killed in their California hometown. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Serious history buffs may roll their eyes, but if they concentrate on the lives of the main characters and less on the patriotic frills, they will not regret the reading experience."
"World War I marked the death of the old world and the emergence of the modern era." A century later, a prolific military historian revives one of that cataclysm's most iconic personal stories. Read full book review >
TESLA by Richard Munson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Readers will share Munson's frustration at this seeming frittering of a magnificent talent, but they will absolutely enjoy his sympathetic, insightful portrait."
A lucid, expertly researched biography of the brilliant Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), a contemporary and competitor of Thomas Edison who was equally celebrated during his life. Read full book review >
CHOSEN COUNTRY by James Pogue
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Courageous on-site reporting underlies all, outweighing some excess and irrelevance."
A contributing editor for Vice delivers on-the-scene, first-person accounts of the Western standoffs involving the Bundy family and their followers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Excellent drawing accompanies a remarkable story of persistence—and yet the artist still has trouble making a living in his native Cambodia, while human trafficking on land and sea continues to flourish."
A harrowing graphic memoir by a Cambodian survivor of human trafficking. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO CLIMBS TREES by James Aldred
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An addictive book for nature lovers."
An expert tree-climber and wildlife cameraman introduces readers to a handful of his favorite trees and related adventures. Read full book review >
HARVEY MILK by Lillian Faderman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Harvey Milk as seen through fresh, highly knowledgeable eyes."
A new biography of the controversial and groundbreaking Harvey Milk (1930-1978). 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 >