Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1275)

MARIA MENEGHINI CALLAS by Michael  Scott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

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

EVERY LIVING THING by James Herriot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
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 >
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 >