Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1274)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A careful, considered, judicious biography, but uninspired and oh, so long."
This study of Irish leader Charles Stewart Parnell's impact on Irish nationalism and on the course of British politics traverses an already well-traveled road. Read full book review >
THE ANTI-EGOTIST by Paul Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Despite the oddities in diction and tone, Fussell is the perfect match for his subject — witty, thoughtful, brief, and, not least of it, accurate."
Fussell (Bad, 1991, etc.) certainly has come a long way from his early work as a conventional literary scholar. Read full book review >

NIXON RECONSIDERED by Joan Hoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"This purportedly groundbreaking analysis of Nixon's complex legacy only reiterates what earlier studies have already established: that Nixon was an activist president who had some enduring influence on American government and policy."
The timing certainly couldn't be better for these revisionist musings, which are intended to turn conventional wisdom about Nixon's achievements as president on its head. Read full book review >
A BUNDLE FROM BRITAIN by Alistair Horne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"The same qualities that produce brilliance in his historical writings—a penchant for detail and a pursuit of the social connections that bind his subjects together into complex entanglements—render his autobiography detached and impersonal."
A chatty, meandering memoir of the British historian widely known for his definitive, two-volume biography of the late prime minister Harold Macmillan (1989). Read full book review >
DR. JOHNSON AND MR. SAVAGE by Richard Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"A brilliant excursion in the company of three fascinating men- -Samuel Johnson, Richard Savage, and Richard Holmes."
Holmes (Footsteps, 1985) once again brings his humane intelligence and imagination to bear in an exemplary and delightful piece of biographical detection. Read full book review >

FAITHFULL by Marianne Faithfull
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"Things were happening so fast and we were changing with them''), this holds greater interest than any other recent book about the Stones and their circle. (Author tour)"
A searing autobiography by one of rock 'n' roll's most tragic and romantic figures. Read full book review >
JOE PAPP by Helen Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"Recommended for theatrical mavens and cultural historians. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
A sympathetic biography of the legendary New Yorkbased theater producer, who died in 1991. Read full book review >
A PASSAGE TO EGYPT by Katherine Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 1994

"A memorable story that will challenge images of the 19th century as a sepia-toned world inhabited by static women."
This absorbing account follows a remarkable 19th-century Englishwoman from her London childhood to her final years in Upper Egypt, where she shed many of her European trappings to become Noor ala Noor (Light from the Light), author and healer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 1994

"Motown historians will glean little new about Reeves's life; fans of the kiss-and-tell genre will be disappointed by the dearth of dirt. (Three 8-page b&w photo inserts, not seen) (Author tour)"
A less-than-average celebrity memoir of the averagely famous Motown singer, written with the coauthor of Micky Dolenz's I'm a Believer (1993). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 1994

"But Said sees the irony as well, and he struggles honestly in these essays to describe a role for the intellectual in which the moral authority of the prophetic outsider is not purchased by forfeiting all political and social engagement."
In six essays delivered as lectures for the BBC, Said (The Politics of Dispossession, p. 537, etc.) makes the case that intellectuals should maintain a vigilant skepticism toward all received wisdoms. Read full book review >
CAROL REED by Nicholas Wapshott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"Proficiently written and well researched, this book begs a simple question: If Reed's work is for the most part undistinguished, why bother?"
A meticulous but dry biography of the British director, himself a meticulous but dry filmmaker. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Don't look for answers here. (16 b&w illustrations)"
A pedestrian look at the postwar Boston poetry scene by a lesser poet filled with his own self-importance. 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 >