Nonfiction Book Reviews (page 5)

LEGACIES by Janis  Bultman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2018

"A magnetic and vital historical restoration."
A reprinting of long-lost interviews with photography icons. Read full book review >
THE CHINESE LANGUAGE DEMYSTIFIED by James Y. Hung
Released: April 4, 2018

"An engrossing introduction to the riches of Chinese that should delight casual language mavens and more experienced speakers alike."
The world's most widely spoken language—and one of the most daunting to learn—has its idiosyncrasies dissected in this primer. Read full book review >

Released: April 3, 2018

"A novel approach that should enlighten and reinvigorate medical professionals."
Baker (Successful Surgery, 1996) urges physicians and other medical professionals to up their patient-interaction games.Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An indispensable examination of nursing home realities."
This second edition of a guide offers advice on assessing, choosing, and adapting to nursing homes and various alternatives. Read full book review >
REDLINED by Linda Gartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A rich remembrance of a captivating, transformative era in American history."
A stunning debut memoir that documents the societal and racial changes of the mid-20th century, told from the perspective of a Chicago family caught in the middle of them. Read full book review >

RAISING MYSELF by Beverly  Engel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A gut-wrenching, cleareyed coming-of-age memoir with thin storytelling."
In this memoir, self-help writer Engel (It Wasn't Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion, 2015, etc.) recounts a painful childhood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A modest, beguiling biography that brilliantly mirrors its understated and remarkable subject."
This straightforward, enthusiastic biography by Eichinger and Everson recounts the life story of Eric Liddell, the Olympic athlete whose achievements inspired the iconic movie Chariots of Fire. Read full book review >
ENGINEERING A LIFE by Krishan K.  Bedi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A remarkable memoir about a young immigrant who becomes a successful engineer in the U.S. after years of hardship."
An Indian immigrant recalls his struggles to assimilate and build a career in America in the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"A smart, comprehensive economics guide with a feminist twist."
Diamond (Whole Worlds Could Pass Away, 2017, etc.) sets out to debunk the patriarchy of capitalism in this nonfiction work aimed at women. Read full book review >
AN OUTLAW MAKES IT HOME by Eli  Jaxon-Bear
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 2018

"An intriguing and candid memoir that should appeal to readers interested in '60s movements."
A spiritual instructor and author chronicles his journey from student and community organizer to lawbreaker and organic farmer in this autobiography. Read full book review >
SNOW IN APRIL by Mary Mager
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2018

"A likable, family-oriented fantasy tale, defined by the warmth of its plot and character-building messages."
New friends, a snowstorm, and an impending rift between kingdoms lead an overlooked young prince to find his voice in this third installment of a middle-grade series. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2018

"A plainspoken and warmly inviting re-evaluation of corporate culture."
An anecdotal, employee-oriented handbook for modern-day business owners and managers. 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 >