History Book Reviews (page 6)

THE WIFE'S TALE by Aida Edemariam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A flawed but richly evocative tale of family and international history."
A Guardian journalist tells the story of her Ethiopian grandmother's remarkable life. Read full book review >
BLOOD LETTERS by Lian Xi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A moving account of astonishing human courage in the leering face of human cruelty."
A profoundly grim, sanguinary account of the suffering of a young woman during the days of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

CLASS MATTERS by Steve Fraser
Released: March 20, 2018

"Smart and sometimes snarky; a book to study up on before taking to the streets to protest things as they are."
An examination of the concept and reality of class in a putatively classless nation. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS MYSTIC by Joel F. Harrington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Extremely well-researched and fluidly written, Harrington's work will serve as a meaningful resource for students of mysticism and of late Medieval Christianity."
Insightful biography of German theologian Meister Eckhart (1260-1328). Read full book review >
HUNTING THE TRUTH by Beate Klarsfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"With bravery and chutzpah, a husband and wife demonstrate that there's no moral compromise with history."
In a joint memoir, a pair of notable Nazi hunters review their half-century of disputing acceptance of mass murderers in decent society. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Quick, fun, easy reading for devotees of high fashion and mystery fans, complete with wrong turns and false friends."
The tale of "one of the most captivating and enduring pieces of jewelry," which would "crawl into the world of collectors and jewelers to enchant and confound them" for more than eight decades. Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF STATUES by Mitch Landrieu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A powerful, welcome manifesto in the cause of a new and better South—and a 'better America.'"
"Has the white South truly reckoned with the Civil War?" The mayor of New Orleans, scion of an old progressive family, writes of the controversy surrounding his city's removal of monuments to the Confederacy. Read full book review >
PICASSO AND THE PAINTING THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD by Miles J. Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A fine, if familiar, portrayal of a bold, vulnerable, questing artist."
Pablo Picasso's artistic evolution culminated in one huge, irreverent, iconoclastic painting. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"More of a well-informed handbook of effective resistance than a call to arms."
A brief survey from the front lines of resistance by an author whose experience gives her a variety of perspectives. Read full book review >
NO TURNING BACK by Rania Abouzeid
Released: March 13, 2018

"An eye-opening account of those who 'played a pivotal role in the revolution's trajectory.'"
Harrowing reporting from the front lines of the civil war in Syria. Read full book review >
GIBRALTAR by Roy Adkins
Released: March 13, 2018

"The story is as compelling as it is fantastic—page-turning history of one of the most important eras of Western civilization."
The husband-and-wife historian team once again exhibit their talent for enlivening British history. Read full book review >
FROM THE LEFT by Bill Press
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A lively and refreshing memoir."
A politically liberal radio and TV host reflects on his unconventional career path. 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 >