Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1273)

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Thomas's alleged characterization of his sister as a welfare dependent)."
To the likely delight of liberals and the fury of conservatives, this collection of original essays on last year's acrimonious confirmation controversy makes no pretense to ideological balance or impartiality. Read full book review >
THE PUZZLE PEOPLE by Thomas Starzl
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Not an intimate self-portrait but a well-crafted glimpse into a world of science where politics and personalities often clash. (Twenty b&w photos, ten line drawings—not seen.)"
An innovative transplant surgeon looks back on a long and brilliant career. Read full book review >

NO STRANGER TO TEARS by William G. Cahan
Released: Sept. 26, 1992

"A thoroughly enjoyable read about an engaged and engaging man."
Engrossing memoirs of a cancer surgeon at N.Y.C.'s Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"A feast for fans, refreshing as a bowl of sun-ripened pears. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
A study of Callas (1923-77) not to be missed. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

More good-natured memoirs from the king of chat. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Yorkshire dales, life is bliss—and bliss, too, for a few hours at least, for happy readers. (Book-of- the-Month Dual Selection for October)"
Smashingly good sequel to the beloved veterinarian's earlier memoirs, and well worth the ten-year wait since The Lord God Made Them All. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"A fascinating, essential chapter in the history of the Bounty. (Fifty halftones, three maps—not seen.)"
A learned, humane, provocative ``creative reading'' of the mutiny on the Bounty—the events; their meaning and representation in native lore, British life, the theater, and cinema; and their historical value. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 1992

"No false heroics, no patriotic gloss, only the Vietnam War in all its grim reality. (Fifteen b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A searing account from former Army nurse Smith of her tour of duty in Vietnam and its devastating personal aftermath. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Fine, funny fare for Jew and non-Jew alike."
Rabbi Telushkin (An Eye for an Eye, 1991), rooted in the tradition of reverence for past learning, has gathered lots of hoary jokes and aged wisecracks, together with a few more recent japes, that make Jews laugh. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Weddington preaches to the converted, and inadequately addresses legal objections to Roe, but she gives valuable, passionate insights into the significance of that historic case."
The lawyer who argued Roe v. Read full book review >
A BUS OF MY OWN by Jim Lehrer
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Sometimes hokey, but down to earth, genuinely affecting, and immensely likable."
The co-anchor of The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and author of the One-Eyed Mack series looks back on his life so far, including his love of buses and his 1983 heart attack. Read full book review >
KISSINGER by Walter Isaacson
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An evenhanded, warts-and-all portrait of a larger-than-life individual who has left his mark behind."
A critical but resolutely objective and utterly fascinating biography of the guileful, egocentric geopolitical scientist who became America's most celebrated secretary of state. 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 >