Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

OUR YEAR OF WAR by Daniel P. Bolger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A little more of the before and after of their war experiences might have enriched the context, but Bolger ably conveys how Vietnam felt to those who fought it and what it meant."
A crisp account of a messy war, focusing on two Nebraska brothers, one of whom would later become a senator and Secretary of Defense. Read full book review >
STALIN by Stephen Kotkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A well-written, finely detailed installment in a definitive biography—sure to receive many prize nominations this year."
The massive second volume of the author's biography of the Russian dictator who went from "learning to be a dictator to becoming impatient with dictatorship and forging a despotism in mass bloodshed." Read full book review >

MEANDERINGS AND MULLINGS by Earl B  Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"While some of the book tends toward the trivial, most of its anecdotes highlight life's absurdities with wry humor."
A collection of blog posts focuses on the author's experiences during a long life. Read full book review >
CALDER by Jed Perl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Not only an essential record of the first 40 years of Calder's life, but an exceptional chronicle of the genesis of modernism."
A meticulously researched biography of one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A thorough but not groundbreaking biographical investigation."
A biography focused on a statesman's career during a period of profound political change. Read full book review >

WAYNE AND FORD by Nancy Schoenberger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There's nothing groundbreaking here, but compleatist fans of Wayne and Ford will enjoy revisiting the films discussed."
Biography of the two figures, actor and director, who defined the Western film genre. Read full book review >
HITLER, MY NEIGHBOR by Edgar  Feuchtwanger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An intimate look at the horror wrought by Hitler."
The story of a Jewish family who watched in fear as a new neighbor rose to power. Read full book review >
MISFIT'S MANIFESTO  by Lidia Yuknavitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A beautifully written field guide to being weird."
One of the country's most gifted transgressive writers pens a love letter to her fellow misfits. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT by A.J.  Baime
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A warmly human portrait of an unlikely president."
A man unprepared for the presidency faces dire challenges. Read full book review >
FRIENDS DIVIDED by Gordon S. Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An illuminating history of early Americans that is especially timely in the ugly, partisan-filled age of Trump."
The acclaimed historian engages in a compelling examination of the complex relationship of the Founding Fathers who eventually served as the second and third presidents of the United States. Read full book review >
IN SHOCK by Rana  Awdish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A sobering, well-rendered reality check on the desperate need for advanced training on compassion-centric modes of patient care."
A physician learns firsthand about the adverse aspects of the patient experience through her own catastrophic illness. Read full book review >
AMERICAN RADICAL by Tamer  Elnoury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A worthwhile, unique addition to the shelf of post-9/11 memoirs concerning the fight against terrorism."
The story of an Egyptian-born Muslim FBI agent's undercover pursuit of Islamist extremists. 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 >