Nonfiction Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A moving coming-out story with an intriguing narrative structure."
Ashton's (Red Hot Mama, 2015) memoir tells stories of his troubled childhood, the excitement of being an aspiring actor in New York City, and his first real love for another man.Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 10, 2018

"A thorough and largely convincing argument for the validity of reincarnation in the Christian worldview."
A writer explores the connections between Christianity and various concepts of reincarnation. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 9, 2018

"A successful guide that uses anecdotes to reveal powerful truths about life."
In this debut self-help book, the author employs narratives about friends, family, and former associates to show the way thoughts and perspectives shape readers' experiences. Read full book review >
CHOICES by M. Kay  Runyan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2018

"A disturbing but inspiring memoir of a difficult childhood and adulthood."
In this debut memoir, Runyan describes how she was shaped by her hardscrabble upbringing. Read full book review >
CAN'T HURT ME by David  Goggins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Guaranteed to galvanize more than a few couch potatoes into action."
A former Navy SEAL explains his take-no-prisoners approach to life in this candid memoir/self-help book. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 30, 2018

"An astute and wide-ranging assessment of an urgent economic problem."
A writer offers an analysis of Fannie Mae's contribution to the 2008 mortgage crisis coupled with recommended reforms. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"An accessible and often insightful approach to sales instruction."
A radical reconsideration of sales training that moves away from one-size-fits-all models. Read full book review >
THE COMPLETE FOOD SUBSTITUTIONS HANDBOOK by Jean B.  MacLeod
Released: Nov. 23, 2018

"A massive but workaday collection of culinary suggestions."
MacLeod (Asian Ingredient Substitutions, 2018, etc.) provides a comprehensive reference text of food substitutions.Read full book review >
TRIPS by Arthur W.  Goodhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2018

"An engaging picaresque that explores the role of chance and fate inside the casino and out."
Poker becomes the key to understanding life and history—though not to winning money—in this meditative gambling memoir. Read full book review >
SPIRITUAL VIXEN'S GUIDE TO AN UNAPOLOGETIC LIFE by Maureen  Muldoon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A sassy, colorful take on New-Age insights."
A self-help memoir about one woman overcoming a broken marriage and alcoholism to find spiritual fulfillment. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR GOD, THE PRECIOUS TREASURE, IN MY DAILY LIFE by Peter G.  Vu
Released: Nov. 19, 2018

"A brief and passionate call for Christians to make everyday connections with God."
A reverend offers a meditation on the core values of Christianity. 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 >