Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

THE SUN DOES SHINE by Anthony Ray Hinton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about truth, justice, and the need for criminal justice reform."
An urgent, emotional memoir from one of the longest-serving condemned death row inmates to be found innocent in America. Read full book review >
CHARLES JAMES by Michèle Gerber Klein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A biography that would benefit from acknowledging the problems with the world its subject inhabited."
A luscious exposé of a game-changing designer who revolutionized the fashion industry. Read full book review >

DOUBLE VISION by William Middleton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A well-written, highly informative book for devotees of the modern art world."
A massive dual biography of Dominique and John de Menil, who did not strive for the limelight but still helped to lead the modern art movement in the United States. Read full book review >
A SEASON IN THE SUN by Randy Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A brisk account of a career and a culture that presages much of our current-day obsession with celebrity."
Roberts (History/Purdue Univ.) and Smith (American History/Georgia Tech Univ.) follow their previous collaboration (Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, 2016) with a hybrid book about baseball legend Mickey Mantle (1931-1995). Read full book review >
ABSOLUTE POWER by Paul Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A thoroughly researched but tendentious history in support of a call for a radically different papacy and church."
Theologian and Vatican commentator Collins (The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century, 2013, etc.) delivers a critique of the last two centuries of papal history. Read full book review >

MAKER OF PATTERNS by Freeman Dyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A pleasure for science students and particularly of science humanely practiced."
An epistolary memoir from a leading postwar physicist and mathematician, taking in the era from the 1940s to the end of the 1970s. Read full book review >
THE BEEKEEPER by Dunya Mikhail
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"All but true believers suffer under Daesh, Mikhail makes abundantly clear—but especially women. A powerful study."
An Iraqi journalist and poet long resident in New York returns to her native country to chronicle the misfortunes of Yazidi women under the rule of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >
YOU CAN STOP HUMMING NOW by Daniela J. Lamas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"An enthralling reminder that behind every medical advance are the people whose lives it affects and that their stories have impact."
An unflinching report from the front lines of critical care medicine, a technology-driven field in which doctors routinely save patients' lives—sometimes at great cost to their physical and mental health. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A poignantly compelling memoir about family, mental health, and revisiting the past."
A public relations executive tells the story of her once-glamorous mother's decline into mental illness. Read full book review >
MY DEAD PARENTS by Anya Yurchyshyn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A probing and candid memoir."
A Ukrainian-American writer's account of the heartbreaking details she learned about her parents and their relationship after the death of her widowed, alcoholic mother. Read full book review >
ODD GIRL OUT by Laura James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A candid and unexpectedly moving memoir of identity and psychological upheaval."
A British journalist reflects on living with autism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A fast-paced story of a man at the center of turbulence and paranoia."
The story of an African-American photographer who spent 18 years feeding information to the FBI. 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 >