Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

HARA HOTEL by Teresa Thornhill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A brave, affecting book about a continuing humanitarian crisis."
Thornhill (The Curtain Maker of Beirut: Conversations with the Lebanese, 2011, etc.) offers a personal account of her time volunteering in Greece as refugees arrived from Syria and other nations beset by strife. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"The authors offer some beguiling insights on what math is about and how it has evolved but no royal road to easy understanding."
A science writer and astronomer and his student, a teen math prodigy, join forces to elucidate fields of math they find weird. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A compellingly readable tale of identity formation."
The story of a baby-switching case that involved two children who were part of two different sets of identical twins. Read full book review >
MISS EX-YUGOSLAVIA by Sofija Stefanovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A fresh and timely perspective on the immigrant experience—required reading for fans of Stefanovic and a strong inducement for newcomers to explore the rest of her work."
A writer and raconteur chronicles her life growing up in the former-Yugoslavian immigrant subculture of 1990s Australia. Read full book review >
LOVE AND DEATH IN THE SUNSHINE STATE by Cutter Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Reads like a mashup of at least three different books in one, written with psychological insight and literary flair but lacking cohesion and focus."
A fledgling writer tackles a true-crime story and, in the process, discovers some uncomfortable truths about himself. Read full book review >

COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER by Jim Tselikis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Pleasant, somewhat perfunctory, but worthwhile, especially for those looking to get into the food truck game."
A snappy memoir/how-to-start-a-business manual. Read full book review >
BUTTERMILK GRAFFITI by Edward Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A heartfelt and forward-thinking book in which Lee's experiences and travel accounts successfully create an eager appetite for adventurous recipes, the stories behind the relationships of the people that inspire them, and a strong appreciation for the cooking traditions they've upheld."
An acclaimed chef and restaurateur travels across the country to explore the cultural history behind the evolving American cuisine. Read full book review >
SHUNNED by Linda A.  Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A profound, at times fascinating, personal transformation told with meticulous (if not excessive) detail."
In this debut memoir, the author steps away from her religion, leading to both severe social consequences and personal fulfillment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Perhaps not the soul of basketball but certainly the wallet. A fine work of sports journalism and a must for every bookish roundball fan."
A blow-by-blow account of the 2010-2011 NBA season, which reshaped the face of pro basketball in a flurry of big money. Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM KATHMANDU by Cam Simpson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A powerful work of investigative journalism, one that speaks volumes about the business of war and of human slavery alike."
How war profiteering in the Middle East tore apart a village in the Himalayan foothills. Read full book review >
THE BURNING SHORES by Frederic Wehrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Essential reading for anyone interested in the facts of the Benghazi attacks and in the future of a definitively troubled region."
A searing tale of violence, chaos, and unintended consequences in post-Gadhafi Libya. Read full book review >
WEST WINGING IT by Pat Cunnane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revealing window into the fascinating aquarium of the 'Obama people' and all their 'hope and hard-won change.'"
The inside scoop on how a recent college graduate went from working in a warehouse to becoming a senior writer for the Barack Obama White House. 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 >