Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

BAD JOBS AND POOR DECISIONS by J.R. Helton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A series of scattered 'dispatches' that fail to cohere."
Helton (The Jugheads, 2014, etc.) wanders through a series of reminiscences of drugged states, dead-end jobs, and "writing feverishly," trying to make it as an author. Read full book review >
HIMALAYA BOUND by Michael Benanav
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An involving, often touching story of an admirable people as well as a cautionary tale about the effects of rapid change and counterproductive conservation efforts on traditional societies."
A photojournalist and wilderness guide explores tensions between the conservation impulse and the lives of imperiled nomadic herders in this sympathetic but balanced account of their arduous days on the trail. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A gripping account of a fatal tragedy and the impressive and deeply emotional human response that ensued."
On Feb. 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle went silent upon re-entry. Here are the principal details about the accident, the recovery of the wreckage and human remains, the reassembly, the discovery of the cause, and the consequences for the shuttle program. Read full book review >
WACO by David Thibodeau
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A disquieting portrait of a religious community and its enigmatic leader."
A survivor of the government attack on the Mount Carmel compound in Waco, Texas, bears witness to the horrific event. Read full book review >
THE LONG HANGOVER by Shaun  Walker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Essential reading for Russia watchers."
A British journalist offers a searching account of contemporary Russia, a nation bent on recapturing a more glorious past. Read full book review >

IN AMERICA by Caitríona Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A cleareyed portrait of Americans' bitterness, hope, and fear."
A fresh perspective on the supporters of Donald Trump. Read full book review >
A RIVER IN DARKNESS by Masaji Ishikawa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Told in simple prose, this is a shocking and devastating tale of a country's utter contempt for its citizens."
A terrifying true story of life in North Korea. Read full book review >
FLAT BROKE WITH TWO GOATS by Jennifer  McGaha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"McGaha offers plenty of detail about life with a tiny herd of goats, but readers will finish the book with more knowledge about the outer lives of the chickens, goats, and dogs than the inner lives of their human owners."
A couple's massive tax debt leads them to move to a cabin in the North Carolina woods. Read full book review >
FIRST PERSON FEMALE by Maria Flook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"With a bang and a whimper—and a yawn."
"Learning to walk with crutches has an otherworldly component." So writes Flook (Mothers and Lovers, 2014, etc.) in one of the occasional G-rated passages in this lurid but limping memoir. Read full book review >
NEVER TOO LATE by B. Lynn  Goodwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 20, 2017

"A candid, revealing portrait of an unconventional love story."
In this memoir, a woman describes her journey from a solitary life to marriage at age 62, frankly analyzing potential risks along the way. Read full book review >
RIKO by Denise B. Dailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"A skillfully written, well-researched account of two difficult, mesmerizing characters."
This biography tells the story of Czech artist Jan Emmerich ("Riko") Mikeska and his wife, Greta Schmied. Read full book review >
THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD by Maude  Julien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A startling testament of survival."
A disturbing, engrossing memoir of a bizarre, highly abusive childhood. 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 >