Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

GIRLBOMB by Janice Erlbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2006

"Vivid, painfully realistic coming-of-age memoir."
Post-feminist blogger and Bust magazine columnist Erlbaum recounts her rough-and-tumble, drug-and-sex-addled adolescence, focusing on a year spent in the New York City shelter system. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2006

"Nicely written insider's compendium on the men, their times and TV's impact on sports."
Award-winning sports journalist Kindred (Glove Stories, 2002, etc.) captures the spirit of an era in intersecting biographies of two truly irrepressible personalities. Read full book review >

FALLING THROUGH THE EARTH by Danielle Trussoni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2006

"A moving memoir that flows like the best fiction but that has the punch of real life."
Trussoni's debut is an engaging coming-of-age memoir that has at its core a stark portrait of her war-damaged father. Read full book review >
NEVER DRANK THE KOOL-AID by Touré
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2006

"Still, this is a wholly involving and piercingly intelligent examination of contemporary popular culture."
Collected dispatches of the de Tocqueville of the Hip-Hop Nation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"This portrait of poverty and family ties has the potential to reshape American conversations about immigration."
An expanded version of Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, originally published in the Los Angeles Times, about the harrowing journey hopeful immigrants take from Central America through Mexico into the U.S. Read full book review >

A GODLY HERO by Michael Kazin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2006

"History that remains solidly relevant today, and a real eye-opener for anyone who thinks that fierce debates over tax reform, corporate power, imperialism and evolution are recent developments in American politics and culture."
A biography of populist politician William Jennings Bryan that demonstrates that progressive evangelicalism is nothing new. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2006

"Important reading for young and old alike."
Lawyer and activist Schiff resurrects nine little-known heroines who played a crucial role in America's humanitarian development. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"A hit."
A moving, absorbing journal of life on stage and at home. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"A meticulous account of crime and capture makes a distinguished and worthy addition to the legend Americans can't seem to read enough about."
Compelling narrative of John Wilkes Booth's desperate final days, from the co-author of Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution (2001). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2006

"Superb—and timely, for Mussolinian ghosts celebrate 'when they hear of the current approval of pre-emptive strikes and the cheerful acceptance that vast collateral damage may accompany them.'"
A breathtakingly ambitious history that defies its author's own warning: "Aspiring to write the total history of a totalitarian society is a delusion." Read full book review >
MY BATTLE OF ALGIERS by Ted Morgan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Effectively employing a subdued tone, Morgan paints a grim picture of hopelessness leading to desperate militancy, reminding us that electroshocks and guillotines rarely solve anything."
An unforgettable cautionary narrative of the author's days as a French combatant and military journalist during the war for Algerian independence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A hallmark, essential to an understanding of the civil-rights movement, Dr. King and 20th-century America."
Branch closes his monumental trilogy on Martin Luther King Jr. with gravity and grace. 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 >