History Book Reviews (page 8)

STRANGE BIRD by Michele K. Troy
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Wonderfully engaging history for bibliophiles."
An eerie journey into a bold cosmopolitan publishing venture in defiance of the censorship rampant in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >
JUMPING OVER SHADOWS by Annette Gendler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A somewhat lackluster but candid and heartfelt memoir."
A writer and photographer of German descent tells the story of how falling in love with and then marrying a Jewish man changed her life. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A superb, densely detailed complement to William Vollmann's poetic/fictional treatment The Dying Grass (2015), of compelling interest to any student of 19th-century American history."
A chronicle of the white conquest of the inland Northwest at the expense of native peoples defeated in a war that even the newcomers recognized to be unjust. Read full book review >
MOZART'S STARLING by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Linguists, audiologists, ornithologists, music historians, and Mozart's many biographers contribute to this lively investigation of a small wild bird."
A bird lover discovers the joys of living with a starling. Read full book review >
PRINCE CHARLES by Sally Bedell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A thorough, timely biography of the man likely to become king in the next decade or so."
A sympathetic psychological study of the prince who has been working tirelessly all his life to be taken seriously. Read full book review >

CASTLE by Marc Morris
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"An engaging work that will no doubt prompt enthusiastic visits to castles around Britain."
Enchanting journey through feudal England in the wake of Norman castle building. Read full book review >
THE WAR BEAT, EUROPE by Steven Casey
NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2017

"A vivid contribution to media and military history."
War correspondents confront military secrets, tests of loyalty, and constant danger. Read full book review >
JANE CROW by Rosalind Rosenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2017

"Assiduous research and clear prose give Murray her due."
A cradle-to-grave account about one of the most interesting, accomplished, and controversial figures in 20th-century America who is far too little known. Read full book review >
CRUISING THE LIBRARY by Melissa Adler
NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2017

"Tailor-made for the critlib movement, this demonstration that the Library of Congress is not a neutral space begs one critical question: where should it be shelved?"
By examining the treatment of perversion and queer topics by the Library of Congress, Adler (Library and Information Science/Univ. of Kentucky) strives to make a case for the inadequacy of its systems to organize topics outside the norm. Read full book review >
RAPTOR by James Macdonald Lockhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2017

"This illuminating book serves as homage to a brilliant naturalist and extraordinary birds. If you loved H Is for Hawk, put this next on your reading list."
Fifteen birds of prey lead the author on an enthralling journey across the British Isles. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"A welcome new look at Dos Passos and another sad chapter in the life of Hemingway."
The story of the close yet volatile friendship between John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT LANGUAGE by Michael C. Corballis
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"A fine, accessible introduction to a captivating, and still evolving, academic field."
Daring to question Noam Chomsky's "big bang" theory about language in humans. 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 >