Nonfiction Book Reviews (page 5)

THOSE WERE THE DAYS OF MY LIFE by P.R.  Beaudoin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2018

"An engaging, quick read from a man who seems to always be up for a new adventure."
A mostly joyous memoir of one Canadian's life. Read full book review >
DRAGONFLY NOTES by Anne  Panning
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An affecting remembrance in which pinpricks of meaning light the darkness of grief."
Autobiographical essays that outline the days before and after a parent's death. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Fresh and inspiring; leadership lessons ingeniously conveyed."
An engaging parable that highlights uncommon aspects of business leadership. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A smart, authoritative, and elegantly written healthy living manual."
A physician explores the key elements of a healthier life in this debut self-help book. Read full book review >
THE UNWANTED by Don Brown
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A moving chronicle of a real humanitarian tragedy. (maps, author's note, source notes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 14-adult)"
The collective tale of Syrian refugees' attempt to escape the horrors of their country's civil war in search of a better tomorrow. Read full book review >

CAN YOUR CONVERSATIONS CHANGE THE WORLD? by Erinne Paisley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Idealistic and hopeful. (glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 12-adult)"
PopActivism founder Paisley (Can Your Outfit Change the World?, 2018, etc.) is known for the prom dress she made out of her old math homework to raise awareness about the importance of education for all girls. Read full book review >
BRAIDED by Beth  Ricanati
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"'I knead for my needs,' the author insists—and readers are likely to join her."
An atypical memoir about how one woman learned spiritual lessons through baking bread. Read full book review >
COCKLOFT by Kyle Thomas  Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2018

"A playful and often hilarious book full of New York stories, domestic hijinks, and madcap journeys."
A writer documents the wry and zany moments he's experienced growing up, traveling, and living with his lawyer husband in this memoir. Read full book review >
TWO YEARS OF WONDER by Ted Neill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2018

"Eye-opening, gut-wrenching journalism."
A journalist recalls his time spent volunteering in a Kenyan shelter for children with HIV and his later struggles with mental illness in this harrowing memoir. Read full book review >
LORE by Jeanette  Schneider
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"A practical handbook for women seeking to restore damaged beliefs about themselves."
An autobiographical approach to reflection and self-improvement. Read full book review >
THE LAST LETTER by Andy  Chaleff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"An intimate remembrance that includes a wealth of ideas about self-acceptance."
A debut memoir of one man's journey toward love and healing in the face of loss. Read full book review >
TWELVE SECULAR STEPS by Bill  W.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2018

"An excellent resource for understanding and overcoming addiction written with both authority and humility."
A debut guide presents a secularized 12-step program filled with advice gained from personal experience. 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 >