Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1274)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Worth paging past the trivial, then, to absorb a chilling and enraging portrait of women's absolute powerlessness in Saudi society. (Fifteen b&w photos, maps—not seen.)"
Sasson (The Rape of Kuwait, 1991—not reviewed) brings us ``Sultana,'' a pseudonymous member of the Saudi royal family whose memoir documents the suffocating sexism that pervades Saudi life. Read full book review >
ONE HUNDRED DAYS by Alan Schom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"A master annalist's vivid reconstruction of a turning-point in world history. (Eight pages of illustrations—not seen.)"
By itself, Napoleon's mid-1815 defeat at Waterloo, barely four months after he had escaped from Elba, was so dramatic that historians often neglect the events leading up to the climactic clash between insurgent French and Allied forces. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 1992

"Competently written and researched, but, apart from the Grace Kelly years, the Grimaldis come off here as a rather shabby and dull lot. (B&w photos—48—not seen.)"
Veteran celebrity-biographer Edwards (Wallis, 1991, etc.) does her best with Prince Rainier and his ancestors, but the Grimaldis as a dynasty seem more bent on survival than on cutting a heroic figure. Read full book review >
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1992

"Definitive. (Photographs—121—some seen.)"
Engrossing story of the Balzac-scaled life of the great architect. Read full book review >
KEITH RICHARDS by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Interesting, and probably choice fare for Richards fans, but hardly gospel. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
A gushing Keith Richards fanzine and high-bias Rolling Stones history. Read full book review >

RINGO STARR by Alan Clayson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A poignant portrait of an ordinary man cast in an extraordinary role—and just barely surviving. (Eight pages of b&w photographs.)"
This July, the world's most famous drummer turns 52—old enough, it seems, to merit a full-length biography. Read full book review >
COMING OUT CONSERVATIVE by Marvin Liebman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An absorbing, occasionally awkward book given resonance by the author's struggle with—and final acceptance of—his homosexuality. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
An eventful, stylish, sometimes painful memoir by right-wing agitator Liebman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An interesting if somewhat dry glimpse of a man of ideas fated to see those ideas transformed into something he never envisioned."
A brief account by Louis (History/Oxford and Univ. of Texas, Austin), a preeminent historian of the British Empire, of the influence of Leo Amery in shaping British imperialism from the turn of the century to the end of WW II. Read full book review >
HUDDLE by Andrew H. Malcolm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Well written and at times astute, but not what you'd expect from a writer nominated five times for a Pulitzer."
An odd entry from talented and usually trenchant New York Times reporter and columnist Malcolm (Someday, 1991, etc.)—a paean to high-school football and those who coach it, with nary a negative word for either. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A well-told tale of a paradigmatic warrior. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
A fine appreciation of the military professional who arguably ranks among America's very best generals. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A one-note harangue, then, that sounds more like Miniver Cheevy than Jeremiah."
A scattershot rant whose targets range from feckless CEOs and venal Wall Streeters through conspicuous consumers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Although Greenslade has an axe to grind, he sets a high standard by offering an objective if unsparing portrait of a villain who was often in error but seldom in doubt. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
When Robert Maxwell met his mysterious death offshore the Canary Islands less than a year ago, the world first thought it had lost a billionaire media 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 >