Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1271)

Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"A lesser but still magnificent Lawrence. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Revisionist bio that tries to shrink T.E. Lawrence down to his actual deeds. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 1993

"Valuable—and no holds barred, with even interviewees taking their licks. (Sixty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The best dual bio yet of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, backed by hard research and access to private Ball-Arnaz materials and Desilu Studios corporate records. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 18, 1993

"Out of the closet and off the wall."
A wildly idiosyncratic attempt by Koestenbaum (English/Yale), who's gay, to establish opera as a paradigm of homosexuality. ``I hypothesize that opera's hypnotic hold over modern gay audiences has some connection to the erotic interlocking of words and music, two contrary symbolic systems with gendered attributes,'' Koestenbaum says. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"But her singular conversion is memorable, as is her vivid description of Jewish Orthodoxy in all its severity and majesty."
The emotional autobiography of a woman whose religious odyssey begins in Orthodox Judaism and ends in Roman Catholicism. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"Like a long but intense TV-movie (with even an extraneous love subplot between Keeney and a fellow lawyer thrown in): stock characters and real thrills. (Photos—not seen.)"
The nail-biting tale of a female serial killer and the lawyer who dogged her to justice. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"A fine, highly readable, and nicely balanced account."
An absorbing look at the first American presidency, in which Washington emerges not as the familiar George Stuart icon but as a fallible human being—one whose personal qualities nonetheless made him the quintessentially great man of American history. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"An absorbing and sympathetic account of a highhanded spokesman for the downtrodden. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Elegant, energetic biography of controversial Harlem congressman Adam Clayton Powell (1908-72), by Boston Globe reporter Haygood. Read full book review >
LONG QUIET HIGHWAY by Natalie Goldberg
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

Goldberg, author of two popular Zen-inspired writing guides (Wild Mind, 1990; Writing Down the Bones, 1986), tells in simple, dead-honest prose the story of her ``awakening'' to writing and to life. ``Americans,'' Goldberg says, ``see writing as a way to break through their own inertia and become awake, to connect with their deepest selves.'' This way works, she insists, but ``it is hard. Read full book review >
FLAUBERT-SAND by Gustave Flaubert
Released: Feb. 10, 1993

"Caring, private, revealing: a treasure of friendship and a rare exchange enriched by the careful participation of Steegmuller- -more a tactful mediator than an editor—who has turned the correspondence into a work of art."
A charming exchange between two extraordinary writers, from 1866 to 1876, with an illuminating introduction and continuity provided by Steegmuller (A Woman, A Man, and Two Kingdoms, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
GOAT BROTHERS by Larry Colton
Released: Feb. 5, 1993

"A sometimes arduous climb with Colton's goats to scale his nearly quarter-million-word mountain, but some compelling views along the way—and likely to receive attention for its baby- boomer focus. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Heartfelt but taxing chronicle of the lives of five fraternity brothers from their 60's matriculation at USC-Berkeley to their present middle age. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 3, 1993

"Skin-deep on the Post's influence—yet compulsively fascinating on the woman who constantly surprised the men who underestimated her. (Photos—16 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
In her latest of a series of studies of formidable women, Felsenthal (Alice Roosevelt Longworth, 1988, etc.) profiles the longtime Washington Post and Newsweek publisher, often called ``the most powerful woman in the world.'' As the now-retired Graham writes her memoirs, she will surely feel aggrieved by this massive, often unsparing biography. Read full book review >
MURDOCH by William Shawcross
Released: Feb. 2, 1993

"A worldly-wise rundown on a visionary magnate."
A thoroughly professional report on the rise and near fall of Rupert Murdoch as the planet's ranking multimedia baron. 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 >