Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

CASEY STENGEL by Marty Appel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"One of the more skilled biographies baseball fans could hope to find."
Sports journalist Appel (Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, 2012, etc.) delves deeply into the baseball career and personal life of Casey Stengel (1890-1975), a solid player and legendary manager. Read full book review >
ALGER HISS by Joan Brady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"If you're inclined to disbelieve the official record, Brady's book, less than definitive but more than circumstantial, will confirm your view."
Britain-based American novelist Brady (The Blue Death, 2012, etc.) offers an unusual perspective on Alger Hiss (1904-1996), the aristocrat reduced to traveling salesman. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Readers will certainly come away from the book knowing more about wine and likely eager to explore it further, but even those less inclined to imbibe will be intrigued by Bosker's insights into the nature of smell and taste and the ways training and attention can increase one's pleasure in them."
An 18-month immersion in the study of wine, teaching us not just about what to look for in the glass, but how to experience the world in a new way. Read full book review >
RICHARD NIXON by John A. Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Full of fresh, endlessly revealing insights into Nixon's political career, less on the matter of his character, refreshingly, than on the events that accompanied and resulted from it."
A sturdy study of the man ranked at the bottom of many historians' lists of presidents. Read full book review >
I, WHO DID NOT DIE by Zahed Haftlang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Despite the unrelenting passages of human suffering, the authors offer a fascinating—and ultimately uplifting—exploration of cultures unknown to many readers."
The story of an Iraqi and an Iranian who became "as close as real brothers, with blended families and shared histories." Read full book review >

DEMOCRAZY by Trey Radel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A minor though still worthy entry in the library devoted to the legal sausage-making that goes on in Washington."
In which a right-wing crusader both gets his comeuppance and concludes that maybe Nancy Pelosi et al. aren't so bad after all. Read full book review >
A SURGEON IN THE VILLAGE by Tony Bartelme
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A highly inspirational story about sustainable global health measures."
The story of an American brain surgeon in Tanzania and the work he has done to develop surgeons in the East African country. Read full book review >
LENIN ON THE TRAIN by Catherine Merridale
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A superbly written narrative history that draws together and makes sense of scattered data, anecdotes, and minor episodes, affording us a bigger picture of events that we now understand to be transformative."
British historian Merridale (Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin, 2013, etc.) fills a lacuna in the canonical record of Soviet communism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A moving testimonial to the transformative power of human compassion and connection amid catastrophe."
A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attacks reflects on the trio of fearless individuals who saved her life and rescued countless others. Read full book review >
MUSTACHE SHENANIGANS by Jay Chandrasekhar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A fond and funny look at the process of trying to succeed in the movie business and an inspirational tool for aspiring filmmakers."
Director and actor Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers, Beerfest) gives a candid account of how he and the rest of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe broke into the movie business. Read full book review >
A REALLY BIG LUNCH by Jim Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2017

"If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial."
A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life. Read full book review >
LEO DUROCHER by Paul Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"Baseball buffs will enjoy this well-researched, smoothly written biography of a complex man, but readers lacking interest in the MLB may be inclined to dismiss the mercurial Durocher as an unpleasant individual not worth trying to understand."
Prolific author Dickson (Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed to Be, 2015, etc.) digs deep into the controversial baseball career and spicy extracurricular life of Leo Durocher (1905-1991). 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 >