Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

BEYOND THE LABEL by Maureen Chiquet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An inspirational but disjointed autobiography best suited for neophyte designers, budding fashionistas, and Chanel devotees."
A conversational memoir charting the rise of the former global CEO of Chanel. Read full book review >
MY ADVENTURES WITH GOD by Stephen Tobolowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An uneven Hollywood memoir with a bit of divinity thrown in."
A tale of two Tobolowskys, divided by a positive midlife crisis. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Newlyweds and couples looking to jump-start a foundering relationship will find Piazza's analysis of marriage useful, amusing, and engaging."
How women from different cultures handle the complexities of marriage. Read full book review >
MIRROR TOUCH by Joel Salinas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A rich, fascinating portrait of extraordinary sensory awareness."
A Boston neurologist reflects on his remarkable ability to experience the same physical sensations as those found in his patients. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A fascinating account of counterintelligence in the pre-cyber era and a reminder of how an astute interviewer can be an invaluable asset to law enforcement."
Firsthand account of Cold War espionage from the FBI agent who uncovered it. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A powerful argument for reducing inequality and revolutionizing how we use the Web for the benefit of the many rather than the few."
When American representative democracy collapses, blame it on Facebook. Read full book review >
WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE THEY ARE by Annabelle Gurwitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Though frequently amusing, Gurwitch's essays aim at easy targets and back off from complex thought."
The latest collection of essays from the actress and author. Read full book review >
DOLL PARTS by Amanda Lepore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A thoroughly enjoyable hybrid of flashy pictorial, artsy production, and outspoken autobiography."
A singular fixture on the New York City club scene reveals the private details of her gender transition in a photo-heavy memoir. Read full book review >
THE CAKE AND THE RAIN by Jimmy Webb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An insider's view of the star-maker machinery and a treat for Webb's many fans."
All the sweet icing melts down, and some bitterness and tragedy lie exposed in the life of the hit-making songwriter. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU FIND OUT THE WORLD IS AGAINST YOU by Kelly Oxford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"As might be expected from her Twitter account, Oxford has a gift for snarky one-liners and self-effacing humor, but her stories are weakly structured and often drift to their ends without resolution."
The latest book of comic personal essays by Twitter sensation Oxford (Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar, 2013) consists of verbal snapshots of embarrassing scenes from her childhood and later life. Read full book review >
MAGNETIC CITY by Justin Davidson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A worthy companion to Alfred Kazin's A Walker in the City and the American Institute of Architects guides to the architecture of New York as well as a treat for fans of the metropolis."
A street-level celebration of New York City in all "its perpetual complexity and contradiction." Read full book review >
EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE by Gabrielle Bell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A provocative, moving, and darkly funny book that seems almost worth the crises that it chronicles."
The latest from one of the finest contemporary graphic artists. 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 >