Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1271)

THE LIVES OF NORMAN MAILER by Carl Rollyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Literary biography of Mailer by the well-received author of Nothing Ever Happens to the Brave: The Story of Martha Gellhorn (1990) and Lillian Hellman (1988). Read full book review >
A SPECIAL KIND OF HERO by Chris Burke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The story of how ordinary people met extraordinary demands and how a special child became an unexpected success, marred in the telling by repetition and overattention to trivia. (Twenty- five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Awkwardly told tale of how one family raised a Down's syndrome child to achieve far beyond expectations. Read full book review >

GABBY by Francis Gabreski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"These cavils apart, an often ingratiating memoir. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
The low-key memoir of an American fighter pilot who achieved ace status in two wars. Read full book review >
SIMON AND GARFUNKEL by Joseph Morella
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Basic fanzine fluff. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A superficial gloss on the lives and careers of the famed rock duo, from prolific celebrity-chronicler Morella (Paul and Joan, 1988, etc.) and TV producer Barey. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Meat and potatoes for hard-core cop fans. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
By 1987, when Ragonese retired from the NYPD after 17 years of service, he'd won over 100 awards, making him the city's most- decorated cop. Read full book review >

COLUMBUS by Paolo Emilio Taviani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A solid, well-written (and well-translated) account in which the man steps free of the research, complete with aspirations and appetites. (Ten full-color maps—not seen.)"
Vital and knowledgeable biography of the noted son of a Genoese weaver, distilled from a four-volume work (Cristoforo Colombo) by Taviani, president of the Italian Senate. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

From LBJ's domestic adviser, a memoir that shows the President ``with the bark off''cagey, crude, demanding, and, finally, Shakespearean in his pitiful descent from power. Read full book review >
IN THE REALM OF A DYING EMPEROR by Norma Field
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

A provocative, multileveled ``meditation'' on Emperor Hirohito's 1989 death, raising dark questions about Japan's war guilt in the context of its triumphant prosperity today. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Absorbing stories that reveal the need for major reforms in how doctors are trained."
Marion, pediatrician and author (The Boy Who Felt No Pain, 1990; The Intern Blues, 1989; the novel Born Too Soon, 1985) tells tales out of school—and out of internship and residency- -dramatizing his thesis that the education of doctors is virtually guaranteed to produce competent but insensitive physicians. Read full book review >
CITY LIMITS by Terry Teachout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"He raises some interesting, heartfelt questions; it's a shame he doesn't answer any of them."
Curiously unresolved musings about the path that led Teachout (ed., Beyond the Boom, 1990) from small-town America to New York City. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY'S ONLY TRAVEL GUIDE YOU'LL EVER NEED by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Funny stuff."
Holder of a Pulitzer for funny commentary, Barry (Dave Barry Slept Here, 1989) follows the footsteps of Baedeker and Marco Polo and offers a travel book that is more current and just as useful. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"While not the most scintillating of stories, the insights Fiffer provides into cross-cultural difficulties and the horrific descriptions of the killing fields and the refugee camps lend this an undeniable urgency. (Photos—not seen.)"
Having survived the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodian refugee Paul Thai made his way to the US in 1981. 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 >