Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2)

A FEW MINOR ADJUSTMENTS by Cherie Kephart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A tone of humility and a great concern for others mark this well-paced work about an individual's most important asset—health."
A debut author delivers a detailed account of her mysterious illness. Read full book review >
I’M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY by Andrea Jarrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stunning series of recollections with a feminist slant."
An essayist pens an ode to womanhood in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

SPIRITUAL AUDACITY by Jim Sherblom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An often engaging, if sometimes overly complex, remembrance."
A debut spiritual memoir by a prominent businessman and Unitarian Universalist minister. Read full book review >
HAVANA WITHOUT MAKEUP by Herman  Portocarero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Havana emerges as a city like no other: a place where humans, in many ways, are at their most vibrantly human."
The EU Ambassador to Cuba pens a temperate love letter to Havana. Read full book review >
MIKEY AND ME by Teresa Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2017

"An honest, intense look at a family's experience with severe disability."
A matter-of-fact, revealing debut memoir by the sister of a severely disabled woman. Read full book review >

HOW LANGUAGE BEGAN by Daniel L.  Everett
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A worthy book for general readers not well-versed in anthropology, neurology, linguistics, and other technical sciences."
A noted linguist explores "the evolutionary history of language as a human invention—from the emergence of our species to the more than 7,000 languages spoken today." Read full book review >
FINDING MY BADASS SELF by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A delightfully breezy read about experimentation, often humorous and companionable."
In this debut memoir, a woman devises a plan to yank herself out of a midlife malaise. Read full book review >
MATER GLADIATRIX by Richard Marin
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"Engaging and articulate; an enjoyable ride alongside a woman with a lust for adventure."
Investment Banker Marin (Global Pension Crisis: Unfunded Liabilities and How We Can Fill the Gap, 2013) pens a tribute to his mother, an unconventional, fiery force of nature.Read full book review >
LUCK FAVORS THE PREPARED by Nathaniel Barber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 9, 2017

"Former band geeks may recognize themselves in some of Barber's high school memories, but more universal moments are rare."
Dry humor and rotten luck abound in this collection of short personal essays. Read full book review >
ARISTOTLE AND THE ARC OF TRAGEDY by Leon Golden
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A pithy examination of dramatic theory that shows glimpses of its whole landscape without getting bogged down in minutiae."
A book seeks to clarify Aristotle's theory of tragedy, drawing from some of the archetypal tragic heroes of Western civilization. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A captivating look at how America's 50 states survived on the way to becoming a nation."
A historical compendium proves that many countries had a shot at the land that became the United States, but circumstances instead resulted in a new nation. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A lovely, thoughtful book of nourishing recipes."
Lafond offers a menu of recipes to nurture body and soul in this debut cookbook. 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 >