Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

DESTROYING THEIR GOD by Wallace  Jeffs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2018

"A remarkable but sometimes-tedious account of the human mind's susceptibility to wholesale manipulation."
Jeffs recounts his fight to extricate himself—and his children—from a dangerous religious cult. Read full book review >
GHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER by Violet Ramis Stiel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A touching homage to a beloved father and a sufficiently amusing tribute to a comedy legend, but it's less compelling as a memoir."
The daughter of legendary filmmaker Harold Ramis (1944-2014) chronicles her wild Hollywood upbringing and close relationship with her father. Read full book review >

HOW NOT TO BE A BOY by Robert Webb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Intermittently funny but ultimately a frustrating missed opportunity."
In this debut work of nonfiction, Webb leaves his performance stage to examine "general expectations of manhood" and tell the stories that have made his life interesting. Read full book review >
AUTUMN IN VENICE by Andrea di Robilant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A sensitive recounting of a writer's doomed fantasy."
Passion, frustration, and anger erupted in Ernest Hemingway's last years. Read full book review >
LONG PLAYERS by Peter Coviello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A diary of devastation too good not to share."
A heartfelt and hyperliterate take on love as a mixtape. Read full book review >

SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW by Wendy Mitchell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A sensitive, affective, and moving chronicle of how a woman with Alzheimer's has refused to let the disease completely rule her life."
How a woman's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's changed her life. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S LAST TRIAL by Dan Abrams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"The story of Lincoln and the Harrison murder trial is intriguing but not necessarily significant enough to merit its own book."
A study of a murder trial with potential implications for the political career of our 16th president. Read full book review >
ROUGH BEAUTY by Karen Auvinen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A fine example of the hybrid nature-memoir."
These outstanding autobiographical essays explore solitude, traumatic events, and a deep commitment to place. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELING FEAST by Rick Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Dripping with tasty anecdotes, literary tales, and great food, this joyful book is delightful."
Have skillet, will travel; or, one writer's "pilgrimage of gratitude and generosity." Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF MARY SHELLEY by Fiona Sampson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"The author deftly plumbs the depths of Mary's psyche to enlighten us about both Shelleys and reveal the profound effects they had on each other."
A fresh biography of Mary Shelley (1797-1851), who created the monster that has become "part of our shared imagination." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"An adroit portrait of an early American physician who became a pioneering horticulturist."
A biography of David Hosack (1769-1835), a nature-obsessed doctor who "was convinced that saving lives also depended on knowing the natural world outside the human body." Read full book review >
MOTHER AMERICAN NIGHT by John Perry Barlow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A yarn to read, with pleasure, alongside Ringolevio and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test."
Wondrous tales of the hippie highway by Grateful Dead lyricist and internet pioneer Barlow. 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 >