Nonfiction Book Reviews (page 4)

GALANTIÈRE by Mark I. Lurie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2018

"A well-written, comprehensively researched account of one man with connections to key players in literature and politics throughout the 1900s."
A biography of a lesser-known figure of 20th-century literature, written by his distant cousin. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2018

"Honest, moving, and an invaluable source of hope for those facing all manner of adversities."
In this uplifting debut memoir, a Los Angeles businessman recalls his life before and after a triple organ transplant. Read full book review >

SWITCHED ON by Eric J.  Caron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2018

"An often engaging chronicle of a dramatic career."
A retired U.S. Customs agent recounts an eventful career and the lessons that he drew from it. Read full book review >
THE WAIT by Jennifer  Bonner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A touching portrait of a short life lived in hope of a heart transplant."
These posthumously published diary entries, given context through a doctor's commentary, shed light on the struggle to be a regular young woman with dire heart problems. Read full book review >
SHUNNED by Linda A.  Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A profound, at times fascinating, personal transformation told with meticulous (if not excessive) detail."
In this debut memoir, the author steps away from her religion, leading to both severe social consequences and personal fulfillment. Read full book review >

TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES by Ben  Feder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2018

"A refreshingly pleasant addition to the journals of self-discovery, with a timely focus on ecological stewardship."
The CEO of a corporation and his family take a sabbatical from a hectic life in New York City and head to Bali to recharge and reconnect. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A refreshingly frank—and ultimately optimistic—dissection of the perils of parenting in the hyper-permissive 21st century."
A debut guide aims to help children become more independent and responsible. Read full book review >
RUDY’S RULES FOR TRAVEL by Mary K. Jensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A book that will make readers want to pack their bags and catch the first flight to somewhere far away."
A set of rules for life, by way of a delightful travel narrative. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT HELPED by Jessica Friedmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Well-rendered essays that make readers think and feel deeply."
A writer with a history of depression and anxiety plunges deeper into the abyss following the birth of her son. Read full book review >
LUCKY FROM VIRGIN by Lucky  Severson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2018

"Open-minded, droll reporting on the quirks of human behavior."
A television journalist recounts his far-reaching adventures. Read full book review >
I GIVE MY EYES... by Brian H.  Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2018

"An irreverent, heartfelt work that cheerfully wanders through somber topics."
A photographer and museum curator's collection of meditations and conversations on art, writing, and life in general. Read full book review >
THE WINTER OF ’79 by Atwood Cutting
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2018

"An intriguing, sometimes-thrilling account of remote Alaskan life in 1979."
A writer recounts a particularly difficult year for her parents homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness in this memoir. 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 >