Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1276)

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 >
GOT TO TELL IT by Jules Schwerin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A fine biography, and a valuable contribution to the too- sparse literature on gospel music. (Thirty halftones—not seen.)"
Engaging biography of the great gospel singer who was the first to cross over to a large white audience. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A brilliant idea well carried out. (Photographs throughout—not seen.)"
A fictitious dinner party featuring Hollywood ``royalty,'' with dialogue taken from their own words during actual interviews with Speck. Read full book review >
WITHIN TUSCANY by Matthew Spender
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

An expatriate British sculptor's eccentric view of his adopted home of Siena, Italy. 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 >