Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

HARVEY MILK by Lillian Faderman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Harvey Milk as seen through fresh, highly knowledgeable eyes."
A new biography of the controversial and groundbreaking Harvey Milk (1930-1978). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Sometimes rueful, sometimes defiant, always affecting. Even McCain's political opponents should admire the fiery grace with which he's exiting the world."
A valediction by the noted senator and presidential candidate. Read full book review >

FACTS AND FEARS by James R. Clapper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"The book will be judged, fairly or unfairly, by what comes next. If Clapper's revelations undermine the support of an irrational Trump among voters, he will consider the book a success, however limited. However, if the book fails to contribute to the halting of Trump's widespread corruption, Clapper makes clear he will do whatever he can from his retirement to protect what is left of American democracy."
As the nation's top spymaster, former Director of National Intelligence Clapper vowed never to publish a memoir. Then he became enraged at Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign on behalf of Donald Trump, and he changed his mind about writing a book. Read full book review >
SAVING CENTRAL PARK by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2018

"An inspiring story of a defiant woman and the landscape she loved."
How a public-private partnership revitalized Manhattan's famed park. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Another winner of early American history from a renowned practitioner."
A history of three of the Founding Fathers who fought relentlessly "for nothing less than the dignity, equality, and rights of man in America and throughout Europe and England." Read full book review >

THE LAST COWBOYS by John Branch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Packed with fascinating information, lively writing, and a certain pleasant nostalgia, this book is a good candidate for reading one chapter per day; eventually, the narrative becomes unwieldy—too many family members to track easily, too many long drives to rodeo after rodeo, and too many abrupt narrative shifts from cattle to rodeo to environmental degradation."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Branch (Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard, 2014) immerses himself in a huge Utah family to understand contemporary cattle rearing, rodeo riding, and the endangered environment of the American West, which is owned primarily by the American government but leased to private ranchers. Read full book review >
THE LIVES OF THE SURREALISTS by Desmond Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Like a modern-day Giorgio Vasari, Morris creates an intimate and unique you-are-there assessment of what made the surrealists tick."
An ideal introduction to the rebellious art movement. Read full book review >
EXCUSE ME WHILE I SLIP INTO SOMEONE MORE COMFORTABLE by Eric Poole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A magnetic collection of real stories that sheds a new light on life in the Midwest."
An aspiring creative struggles with his identity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Simultaneously uplifting, inspiring, and dispiriting."
An entertaining and informative trip around Alaska's coastline, one man's "event of a lifetime." Read full book review >
WHEN EINSTEIN WALKED WITH GÖDEL by Jim Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Prepare to be wined, dined, and entertained by quantum mechanics, group theory, topology, the infinitesimal, the infinitely small, and the string theory generation, among other topics."
A collection of incisive essays that make learning about science fun. Read full book review >
KICKFLIP BOYS by Neal Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A highly candid memoir of parenthood that often fascinates and occasionally frustrates as the author tries to come to terms with the causes that have produced these particular effects."
Permissive parenting clashes with adolescent rebellion amid the skateboarding subculture. Read full book review >
I'M KEITH HERNANDEZ by Keith Hernandez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Often candid and even self-deprecating memories by an athlete who once stood at the summit of his profession."
A former major league baseball All-Star and MVP—and current TV analyst for the New York Mets—reviews his boyhood and the dawn of his professional career and reveals some of the secrets of his success. 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 >