Nonfiction Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: July 11, 2018

"Colorful and upbeat graphics, probing questions, and thoughtful exercises come together to promote understanding and happiness in teens."
A debut interactive workbook for teenagers provides an introduction to positive psychology and various applications. Read full book review >
A PLACE CALLED GRACE by Alison  Rand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 9, 2018

"A self-aware but repetitious memoir."
In this memoir, a New Yorker strives to make a lasting emotional connection with someone, despite her insecurities. Read full book review >

A LIFE REBUILT by Sylvia Ruth  Gutmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2018

"An insightful effort to bring some clarity to an incomprehensible wartime catastrophe."
In this debut memoir, a woman recalls her childhood escape from Europe after the Nazis murdered her parents and the traumatic aftermath. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2018

"A lovingly compiled art book full of wondrous images."
Kaplan (The Encyclopedia of Tarot, 2006, etc.), with Greer (Who Are You in the Tarot?, 2011) and debut authors O'Connor and Parsons, offer a retrospective on artist and author Pamela Colman Smith. Read full book review >
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA by Craig  Considine
Released: June 30, 2018

"A book on the American Muslim experience that's brimming with information, although it also misses opportunities to tackle some difficult questions."
Considine (Sociology/Rice Univ.; Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora, 2017) explores questions and answers about the lives of Muslims in the United States. Read full book review >

ANATOMY OF A COSPLAYER by James  Hannon
Released: June 30, 2018

"An account provides rich insights into the psychology of cosplayers but lacks the depth that would attract a wide audience."
A cosplayer explores the phenomenon that has him portraying a galactic Stormtrooper and other characters. Read full book review >
MORE SNAPSHOTS?  by David I. Aboulafia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2018

"Spirited stories about appreciating life's vagaries."
This follow-up volume of 13 autobiographical essays depicts a life "on destiny's merry-go-round," alternating witty anecdotes of good luck and bad. Read full book review >
FENCING WITH GOD by Sidney  Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2018

"A captivating and detailed look at the evolution of the medical profession as seen by one physician over 50 years."
A surgeon recounts his long career, revealing his struggles to become a pre-eminent doctor one operation at a time in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
TWO FOR YOU, ONE FOR ME by Anthony  Hernandez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A raw, honest, and sad memoir."
A posthumous debut autobiography supplemented with photographs and commentary by the author's son. Read full book review >
ASSHOLE ATTORNEY by Douglas J. Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"An insightful and entertaining, if philosophically uneven, memoir."
A lawyer recounts his eventful professional exploits. Read full book review >
PAINT YOUR HAIR BLUE by Sue  Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A moving, bittersweet account of enduring love."
A debut memoir chronicles a girl's battle to survive—and her joy, despite the odds. Read full book review >
IT'S NOT TOO LATE BABY by Eva G  Kane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2018

"A vulnerable and illuminating account of a wife attempting to save her marriage."
A debut memoir tells how a woman put her marriage back together after her husband's infidelity. 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 >