Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM by DeRay Mckesson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A compelling account of technology-powered protest."
The credo of a Black Lives Matter activist. Read full book review >
PAY NO HEED TO THE ROCKETS by Marcello Di Cintio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Illuminating reading from a highly engaged author."
A noted Canadian nonfiction writer examines the Palestinian conflict through the viewpoints of known and emerging Palestinian writers. Read full book review >

THE LAST PALACE by Norman Eisen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A well-told story for readers interested in Czechoslovakia, its creation, its fall to fascism and then communism, and rescue from both."
The former ambassador to the Czech Republic tells the story of a historically significant palace in Prague. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"This impressive, compendious biography is a must-read for fans of the Beatles and other seminal rock groups of the 1960s and '70s."
A Beatles expert recounts Sir George Martin's (1926-2016) years producing the Fab Four's final records, their breakup, and his career afterward. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Despite Jacobson's efforts to persuade us that Cooper's ideas influence American politics and culture in meaningful ways, the biography seems like a lot of effort for little payoff."
A biography of Milton William Cooper (1943-2001), who inspired conspiracy cells through print publications and his radio broadcasts. Read full book review >

EVERY DAY IS EXTRA by John Kerry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Wonky, as befits the author, but a smart look at not just his life, but also our times."
Diplomat, activist, and former presidential candidate Kerry (A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America, 2003, etc.) recounts a long life of national service. Read full book review >
THE SONGAMINUTE MAN by Simon McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A pleasantly expressive story with two primary morals: You never know what will happen, and you can find support when things are darkest."
Fate works in mysterious ways, as a man with a lifelong passion for singing achieves fame at the age of 80. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF HITLER by Jean-Christophe Brisard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"The new evidence presented here makes this a must-read for students of World War II."
The story of how Brisard and Parshina were allowed into Russian archives is as compelling as the evidence of Hitler's death they were shown. Read full book review >
CRASH COURSE by H. Bruce Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2018

"A compelling memoir mixed with original historical research leading to fresh interpretations of the permanent war culture."
The latest entry in the publisher's War Culture series, this one from a veteran cultural historian who writes that "since early childhood America's wars [have] been defining historical periods in my life." Read full book review >
STRAY by Tanya Marquardt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"The highly expressive narrative is often brutal and raw, a combination of truth and penance, and it feels like a confession leading toward sanity and forgiveness."
A performer and playwright looks back on her dysfunctional adolescence and her decision to run away from home. Read full book review >
UNDER FIRE by April Ryan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"The narrative is filled with gems if readers are willing to struggle through the disorganization."
The noted American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent and CNN analyst focuses on her experiences as a black woman reporter trying to do her job amid the hostile first year of the Trump presidency. Read full book review >
A CERTAIN LONELINESS by Sandra Gail Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"A powerful testimony to the determination and strength necessary to persevere despite assumptions, scrutiny, and societal stigmatization."
A woman stricken with polio-borne limitations shares her physical and emotional challenges. 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 >