Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 6)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2017

"Science and anecdote intertwine in this close examination of the bonds that bind humans together."
How and why intimacy is important in life. Read full book review >
TO THE NEW OWNERS by Madeleine Blais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"If not quite as funny as billed, there remains much gentle humor and a certain elegiac sweetness that more than compensates—that, and a touching coda."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author gives a familial face to the mystique of Martha's Vineyard in this unfailingly charming reminiscence of summers spent on the island. Read full book review >

PATRICK HENRY by Jon Kukla
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"A skilled historian, Kukla has done his homework and written a detailed, lively, probably definitive biography of a revolutionary figure who merits more recognition but perhaps not promotion beyond the second tier of Founding Fathers."
A new biography of the American statesman who Thomas Jefferson said "was our leader in the measures of the Revolution in Virginia." Read full book review >
HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE by Mandy Len  Catron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Personal musings and reminiscences paired with solid research provide an interesting stroll through an abstract topic."
One woman ponders what it means to be in love. Read full book review >
VICE CAPADES by Mark Stein
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2017

"Witty and opinionated insight on how 'bad' behavior can morph into, out of, and back into favor over the course of time."
How and why the tolerances for debauchery have changed over the course of time. Read full book review >

AMERICAN ENGLISH, ITALIAN CHOCOLATE by Rick  Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Easiest to digest in snack-size portions."
Memories of a Michigan upbringing proceed to anecdotes on retirement in Italy, as a writing professor writes what pleases him, which is often about what doesn't. Read full book review >
YOUR CROCODILE HAS ARRIVED by Laurie McAndish King
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 30, 2017

"This enjoyable book comes alive with descriptions of everything from a giant earthworm to tantalizing soup dumplings."
A writer continues her search for the offbeat in food and nature. Read full book review >
SHARK DRUNK by Morten Strøksnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2017

"Whether the author is opining on mass extinctions, the importance of plankton, the history of lighthouses, or the epicurean treat of boiled cod tongues, readers will happily devour this smorgasbord of delights."
Accomplished Norwegian historian, journalist, and photographer Strøksnes invites readers into the fantastical ocean environment of his quest to capture a Greenland shark. Read full book review >
NATURE by Jeff Mitchell
NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 2017

"A bold and persuasive alternative to contemporary evolutionary theory."
An author presents a revision of neo-Darwinian evolution and a new understanding of human life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 2017

"A deeply thoughtful book about business management today and the nature of thought itself."
A discussion of the Western obsession with rational deduction and its stranglehold on the business world. Read full book review >
THE RAQQA DIARIES by Samer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2017

"A moving, urgent work of political awareness."
A rare, terrifying glimpse inside the Islamic State group (referred to here as Daesh) by a young hounded Syrian student. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern."
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. 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 >