Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

HAVANA WITHOUT MAKEUP by Herman  Portocarero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Havana emerges as a city like no other: a place where humans, in many ways, are at their most vibrantly human."
The EU Ambassador to Cuba pens a temperate love letter to Havana. Read full book review >
SOUL SURVIVOR by Jimmy McDonough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"The soul singer remains an enigma that not even this incisive biography can unravel."
The dark and mysterious back story of a truly great singer. Read full book review >

CHICAGO RENAISSANCE by Liesl Olson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history."
A strong argument for the Midwestern city's place as a hub for modernism as vibrant as Paris, Berlin, and New York. Read full book review >
MIKEY AND ME by Teresa Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2017

"An honest, intense look at a family's experience with severe disability."
A matter-of-fact, revealing debut memoir by the sister of a severely disabled woman. Read full book review >
THROUGH A LONG ABSENCE by Joy Passanante
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2017

"Well written, though without the broader appeal of, say, Rick Atkinson or Richard Overy; a minor but interesting take on a major conflict."
An American combat doctor's memories of war, as filtered through his novelist daughter (The Art of Absence, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

GENE SMITH'S SINK by Sam  Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An obsessive reporter tracks an obsessive artist in a book for die-hard Smith fans."
In a wildly digressive, unconventional biography, documentarian Stephenson (The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965, 2009, etc.) reports on 20 years researching the life of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978). Read full book review >
SARGENT'S WOMEN by Donna M.  Lucey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Colorful, animated portraits sympathetically rendered."
Perceptive biographies of a quartet of Gilded Age women. Read full book review >
AUTUMN by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Kirkus Star
by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Ingvild Burkey, illustrated by Vanessa Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An engagingly wide-ranging set of meditations."
The acclaimed author delivers a host of brief but insightful observations about the small matters of everyday life. Read full book review >
THE FUTILITARIANS by Anne  Gisleson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A graceful narrative that seamlessly interweaves philosophical reflections and intimate revelations."
An engrossing memoir chronicles a search for spiritual healing. Read full book review >
STRANGE BEAUTY by Eliza Factor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A frank, compassionate, and highly detailed account of the roller-coaster ride of caring for a disabled, autistic child."
Factor (Love Maps, 2015, etc.) chronicles life with her nonverbal son Felix, who is autistic and physically disabled. Read full book review >
THE DOGS OF AVALON by Laura  Schenone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An engrossing account of greyhounds, their owners, and their champions."
The story of the author's adoption of a greyhound as a companion for her son and how she became involved with a fascinating group of animal rescuers. Read full book review >
RABBIT by Patricia J. Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Sassy, inspiring, and uplifting."
An African-American female comedian recounts how she escaped poverty and a life of crime to become a respected performer. 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 >