Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD by Danny Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"No substitute for more serious histories of the era but a genial you-were-there memoir of a golden age."
A reminiscence of the time that brought us Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love. Read full book review >
ULTIMATE GLORY by David Gessner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Not quite deserving of a spot alongside Plimpton and Angell but a pleasing glimpse into one corner of countercultural jockdom."
An anecdotal tour of a sport that has only been around for a few decades but that claims legions of adherents. Read full book review >

THE CURRENCY OF LOVE by Jill  Dodd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A breezy, impressively detailed glimpse into a beautiful young woman's self-discovery via the world of international fashion."
A successful clothing designer reflects on her damaged upbringing and early years as a Paris-based fashion model. Read full book review >
NOT SO GOOD A GAY MAN by Frank M. Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Fascinating reading, especially for fans of 20th-century science fiction."
A science-fiction novelist and late-blooming gay activist remembers his long and colorful life. Read full book review >
BLACK DETROIT by Herb Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An inspiring, illuminating book that will interest students of urban history and the black experience."
The history of the many contributions of African-American Detroit to the larger American project. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An instructive tale of one man's 'burning mission to bring back manufacturing and innovation to America.'"
An award-winning science journalist charges that the United States is ceding first place to the Chinese in the development of technologies invented by American scientists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A compelling narrative enlivened as much by the author's encounters on the road as by his skillful unfolding of scientific knowledge.
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Climate scientist Goodrich chronicles his cycling journey across the United States. Read full book review >
I CAN'T MAKE THIS UP by Kevin  Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"The book could have been trimmed by about 50 pages, but Hart is a genial, entertaining guide to a life in comedy."
The popular comedian debuts with "the stories behind the jokes, and a few lessons…about life, success, parenting, and relationships." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"The bond between mother and child knows no bounds in this intense memoir darkened by addiction and bipolar disorder yet buoyed by love and possibility."
A mother recounts her trials caring for a son derailed by mental illness and substance abuse. Read full book review >
MOST AMERICAN by Rilla Askew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An eloquently thoughtful memoir in essays."
A respected novelist muses on the tortured nature of her relationship to the state where she was born and raised. Read full book review >
THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ by Thomas M. Renahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An overlong but noncynical, eye-opening book that amply shows how America's civilian work aiding democratic reconstruction in Iraq is unfinished."
A dense, informed chronicle of a U.S. Agency for International Development civilian officer's three deployments to Iraq. 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 >