Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 3)

A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF by Robert Bouvier Murray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Hard-won and often moving life lessons delivered to young athletes."
In this debut book, contributors offer a series of letters to their younger selves. Read full book review >
LOVING LINDSEY by Linda Atwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A brutally honest, affecting memoir of family resilience."
In her debut memoir, former entrepreneur and catastrophic claims adjuster Atwell chronicles the challenges of helping an adult child with disabilities transition to independent living. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2017

"Despite this study's striking and provocative scholarship, many readers will likely be put off by its bombastic style."
A new interpretation of the Bible challenges both its detractors and apologists. Read full book review >
GASLIGHT LAWYERS by Richard H. Underwood
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An accessible, marvelously rigorous account of a bygone legal era."
A historical study of the often dysfunctional judicial system in late-19th-century New York City. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING I NEVER WANTED by Barbara Santarelli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A witty and thoughtful account that's a portrait of the mother-daughter bond as much as it is a search for love."
A baby boomer reflects on her Bronx childhood and coming-of-age in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

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 >
THE TRUE STORY OF JIM THE WONDER DOG by Marty Rhodes Figley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An engaging slice of history that should appeal to young canine enthusiasts while demonstrating the solid use of primary sources."
A children's book presents the true story of a dog with unexplained abilities who delighted audiences in the 1930s. 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 >
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 >