Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1276)

THE FIRST YEAR by John Mosedale
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1993

Time flies when you're having fun: that's the message of these congenial essays on retirement by Mosedale (The Men Who Invented Broadway, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF THEATER by David Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1993

"An insightful psychology of actors and audiences that offers inspiration for young actors and an absorbing read for those who love the theater. (Thirty-four photographs)"
Drawing on his two-year series of public interviews with top thespians conducted at N.Y.C.'s New School, Tony Award-winning producer Black conveys the work behind theater's ``magic''—the motivation and training of actors, the mechanics of production, and the essential role of the audience. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1993

"Eight pages of photos, 23 line drawings)."
The 1978 Scottsdale, Arizona, murder of the star of the long- running TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes is reviewed in infinite detail here by Graysmith, who did the same job for a series of 70's and 80's rape-murders in San Francisco (The Sleeping Lady, 1990). Read full book review >
JOE DOGS by Joseph Iannuzzi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1993

"Not as electrifying as William Hoffman and Lake Headley's Contract Killer (1992), but Iannuzzi's colorfully crass story offers one of the most grittily detailed inside-views of daily mob life since Nicholas Pileggi's Wiseguy (1985). (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
Another ex-mobster tells all, with panache. Read full book review >
GIRL, INTERRUPTED by Susanna Kaysen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"For Kaysen, writing well has been the best revenge."
When Kaysen was 18, in 1967, she was admitted to McLean Psychiatric Hospital outside Boston, where she would spend the next 18 months. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

A breathy memoir of eight Administrations' worth of parties, by a former Washington-society syndicated columnist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Funny and smart: a great way for beset urban women to chase the blues."
Heimel's new collection takes up where her last one (If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?, 1991) ended: In 36 short pieces previously published in Playboy, the Village Voice, and the Independent, the humorist parades the goofy, smart, obsessive-yet-perceptive persona that many downtown Manhattan- dwellers have come to identify with. Read full book review >
THE LOST TYCOON by III Hurt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"EWSLUGp1991—but, still, a slick, informed account of an upstart wheeler-dealer whose brass may be exceeded only by his reach. (Photographs—not seen)"
A deliciously wicked take on casino/real-estate mogul Donald J. Trump. Read full book review >
HEROES OF MY TIME by Harrison E. Salisbury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Salisbury alone. (First printing of 25,000)"
Former New York Times reporter Salisbury (The New Emperors, 1992, etc.) profiles 25 individuals who have won his admiration. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"The story of a shrewd, observant, daring, and hardheaded man who always gravitated to interesting people and issues: both an autobiographical cliffhanger and an important historical document. (Nineteen b&w photographs)"
A priceless Old Left memoir by Shipman (1895-1989), who began as a student activist and became a founding member of the Mexican Communist Party and an intimate of leftists and literati around the globe. Read full book review >
MARY RENAULT by David Sweetman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Renault continues to wear her own Mask of Apollo."
This first nonacademic biography of Renault was developed by Sweetman (Van Gogh, 1990) from a rare interview granted him in 1981, two years before his subject's death. Read full book review >
VOLUNTEER SLAVERY by Jill Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Told with passion and honesty: a story as much about the African-American experience as about the corporate conformity of most big-city papers. (First serial rights to Essence)"
Black journalist Nelson's no-holds-barred memoir is as outspoken about her four turbulent years at The Washington Post as it is about her troubled personal life. 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 >