History Book Reviews (page 11)

WORD BY WORD by Kory Stamper
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"Those aficionados who love words and the language or who are big-time Scrabble fans will love this book, while others will feel like they're in over their heads."
Strange words and how to find them. Read full book review >
THE CREATIVE SPARK by Agustín Fuentes
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though the science can get a little lite, this offers an informative, readable introduction to recent scholarship on the anthropology of creativity."
An anthropologist ponders the better angels of our nature—the ones armed with paintbrushes, notebooks, cameras, and plowshares. Read full book review >

MARTIN LUTHER by Lyndal Roper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An engaging, enlightening study of the historical effects of one galvanizing personality."
A substantial new look at the life of Martin Luther (1483-1546), published to coincide with the 500-year anniversary of his revolutionary theses. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"A lucid if stolid overview of regional history, useful for students of Pacific affairs in playing out scenarios of what might happen next."
A long-view look at events that are making China's neighbors—and much of the world beyond—very nervous indeed. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Written with all the flair and enthusiasm of an experienced writer eager to share her love of her subject."
Memoir of a food-and-travel journalist who displays her love of archaeology. Read full book review >

THE GULF by Jack E. Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"An elegant narrative braced by a fierce, sobering environmental conviction."
A sweeping environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that duly considers the ravages of nature and man. Read full book review >
WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY by Nicholas Reynolds
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Although Reynolds is forced to guess about much of Hemingway's secret life as a spy, his conclusions seem consistent with the well-known portrait of the novelist striving to prove his manliness and power."
A military historian uncovers evidence of Ernest Hemingway's dabbling in espionage. Read full book review >
MADAME PRESIDENT by Helene Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A brisk chronicle of a strong-willed, tireless, and determined leader."
A celebratory biography of Africa's first female president and 2011 Nobel Prize winner. Read full book review >
THE GESTAPO by Frank McDonough
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"A well-researched book that clarifies many misconceptions."
A new look at Hitler's secret state police as a smaller crack force than is widely known, relying on the work of German citizen informers. Read full book review >
DADLAND by Keggie Carew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tender evocation of an extraordinary life."
As Thomas Carew lost his memory to dementia, his daughter embarked on a search to find a man she hardly knew. Read full book review >
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY by David Bellos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that explains all the intimacies of 19th-century French life."
A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Read full book review >
SPINNING HISTORY by Nathaniel Lande
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Military history unfortunately propelled by the author's insistent imagery."
A journalist portrays World War II as a grand theatrical production. 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 >