Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

QUEEN OF BEBOP by Elaine M.  Hayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Informative and well-intentioned but sometimes pedestrian and lacking the elegant effervescence of Vaughan's singing."
A biography of the great jazz singer whose commercial success seldom equaled her enormous gifts. Read full book review >
ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER by Jaimal Yogis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"For fellow seekers, Buddha-nature on a surfboard."
Eastern mysticism and Western rites of passage inform this second volume of memoir from the San Francisco-based journalist. Read full book review >

LEAP IN by Alexandra Heminsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"A lighthearted book to appeal to fellow swimmers."
Having conquered land as a serial marathoner, the author turns her athletic attentions toward the sea. Read full book review >
A STONE OF HOPE by Jim St. Germain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"An affecting and earnest testimonial to the power of a humane criminal system built on rehabilitation more than punishment."
A young African-American man's memoir of a life of crime redirected. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Practical, applicable health guidance validated by a remarkable collective of revered Chinese elders."
A career physician touts the prescription for a long, healthy life span. Read full book review >

THE STREAK by John Eisenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Eisenberg examines one of baseball's most venerated records while exploring what it all means, providing a compelling, thought-provoking history for fans of America's grand game."
The story of baseball's greatest iron men. Read full book review >
MAKING CONTACT by Sarah  Scoles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Scoles has done her homework, so readers will both understand and sympathize with Tarter, who has become an icon and role model despite pursuing a goal she knows she will never achieve."
The inspiring story of an important American astronomer who co-founded the SETI Institute, which was created "to study all aspects of the existence, formation, and evolution of life in the universe. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"The thrills and chills of rafting packaged with a compelling call to action."
A naturalist and environmental activist chronicles his 2008 ocean journey to draw attention to the blight of plastic waste in the world's oceans. Read full book review >
STING-RAY AFTERNOONS by Steve Rushin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2017

"Rushin provides convincing evidence that life in the '70s wasn't as chaotic as it's often made out to be."
An award-winning sportswriter looks back, mostly fondly, at a childhood in the 1970s in a Minnesota suburb. Read full book review >
HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE by Mandy Len  Catron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Personal musings and reminiscences paired with solid research provide an interesting stroll through an abstract topic."
One woman ponders what it means to be in love. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ENGLISH, ITALIAN CHOCOLATE by Rick  Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Easiest to digest in snack-size portions."
Memories of a Michigan upbringing proceed to anecdotes on retirement in Italy, as a writing professor writes what pleases him, which is often about what doesn't. Read full book review >
FLOATING by Joe  Minihane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"A genuine and refreshing nature memoir."
In his debut memoir, a British journalist and copywriter tells the story of how outdoor swimming helped him cope with anxiety. 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 >