Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 8)

TOSCANINI by Harvey Sachs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"Sweeping yet meticulous, appreciative without eschewing critical judgments—like Toscanini himself."
The epic life and art of the famed Italian conductor. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE OOZE by Alexander Zaitchik
NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 2017

"For liberals already mad about the health care debate, this book offers compelling reasons to stay angry."
A freelance journalist investigates one of Donald Trump's officials and the battle for health care in America. Read full book review >

DIFFERENT DREAMS by Mary Kay DeGenova
NON-FICTION
Released: June 23, 2017

"An intelligent self-help book that will give stressed parents practical knowledge and a sense of relief."
Children with developmental disabilities can thrive if their parents reject perfectionism and embrace "different dreams" for them, according to this guide for parents. Read full book review >
TILTING by Nicole Harkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2017

"A memorable story of intriguing people even if the author's emotional journey doesn't pack a big punch."
A daughter grapples with loss in this tender memoir of a troubled family. Read full book review >
OF LIFE AND TIME by Clifton L. West III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2017

"A deeply thoughtful account of the demands and rewards of Christian devotion."
An eclectic memoir focuses on the author's spiritual life. Read full book review >

SONG OF THE PLAINS by Linda Joy Myers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"An often evocative and lyrical reflection on family mysteries."
Myers' (Don't Call Me Mother, 2013, etc.) second memoir traces a difficult family history, set against the sweeping landscape of the Great Plains.Read full book review >
GASTROPHYSICS by Charles  Spence
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A sharp, engaging education for food consumers and a font of ideas for restaurateurs and chefs as well."
A spry book of cutting-edge food science. Read full book review >
OPEN HEART by Stephen   Westaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"Not without some gore but required reading for medical students and hospital-show junkies but also for anyone curious to learn about hearts and the heroic measures to save them."
A first-rate memoir from a British heart surgeon. Read full book review >
BE FREE OR DIE by Cate Lineberry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A worthwhile Civil War biography cogently presented and ready for the big screen."
An audacious paragon of the Civil War, now largely forgotten, is brought back to life, and his rags-to-riches adventure is certainly worth the revisit. Read full book review >
TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TOO LOUD by Anne Helen Petersen
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A sharp, compelling collection of social and cultural criticism."
A BuzzFeed culture writer examines how some high-profile women defy cultural stereotypes about femininity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A striking scientific journey that draws hopeful attention to how the brain reacts, restores, and perseveres despite grave injury."
An exploration of the current medical research on brain health and the consciousness of patients who suffer catastrophic head trauma. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LOVED TOO MUCH by Jennifer Latson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A well-researched, perceptive exploration of a rare genetic disorder seen through the eyes of a mother and son."
A personal look at Williams syndrome, "a genetic fluke that strip[s] one in every 10,000 people of the inherent wariness, skepticism, and inhibition that [are] hardwired into the rest of us." 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 >