Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1276)

Released: July 28, 1994

"To be read under the hair dryer, but not really thrilling enough to take home. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to New Woman)"
A rehash of the life of Jackie as she turns 65: a collection of old news, non-news, and tabloid analysis. Read full book review >
Released: July 26, 1994

"Based on meticulous research and interviews with many key figures (including Westmoreland himself), the book offers a fair hearing for a man who has been alternately overlooked and maligned by history."
A biography of the military commander who, in this sound and balanced portrayal, was bound by his training and convictions to win an unwinnable war, ultimately the costliest in US history. Read full book review >

SKIN by Dorothy Allison
Released: July 18, 1994

"But Skin is nonetheless a valuable record of a remarkable life and a testament to the struggles, triumphs, and growth of one bold and inspiring woman."
Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina, 1992, etc.) has assembled a nourishing compilation of articles and essays about being ``queer in a world that hates queers...poor [in] a world that despises the poor'' and a passionate writer and lover of literature. Read full book review >
ON THE MAKE by Meredith L. Oakley
Released: July 15, 1994

"Bill Clinton fulfills that thesis splendidly. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A judicious yet jam-packed survey of Bill Clinton's life, by a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE WARS by Aldous Huxley
Released: July 15, 1994

"This idiosyncratic pendant to his major works reveals Huxley in a phase state between his more familiar roles."
In time for the centennial of Huxley's birth, a journalistic miscellany—of pieces delivered over the radio, at the podium, and in magazines and newspapers—from the same period as Brave New World (1932). Read full book review >

STANWYCK by Axel Madsen
Released: July 13, 1994

"A comprehensive and intelligently balanced look at a great actress and star, marred by rather ordinary writing. (32 pages of photos, not seen)"
This first biography of Barbara Stanwyck since her death in 1990 is scrupulously researched and fair, if a bit stilted. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 1994

"Worthwhile if only for Phebe Davis's pungent observations, but also for framing historic patterns of abuse of the mentally ill."
A hundred years of first-person reports from women committed to mental institutions that seem no less distressing in the 20th century than in the 19th. Read full book review >
Released: July 8, 1994

"Well-written and engaging, the book will appeal to those interested in politics and military history."
A compelling and well-argued study of presidential leadership in time of war. Read full book review >
TELLING WOMEN'S LIVES by Linda Wagner-Martin
Released: July 8, 1994

"A significant and provocative contribution to postfeminist literary criticism. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A well-researched, engrossing history and critique of biographies about women. Read full book review >
Released: July 7, 1994

"His psychologizing approach is at times helpful and at times grating."
An intriguing, though by no means definitive, biography of Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), the woman who founded Christian Science. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1994

"I think so,'' he concludes."
Peskov, a correspondent for Komsomolskaya Pravda, tells the story of a Russian religious dissident who, in 1932, took his wife into the remote Siberian Taiga and remained there, effectively frozen in time, until the 1990s. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1994

"A somewhat pathetic portrait of the entertainer limping toward death. (16-page photo insert, not seen) (First serial to National Star; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
Bova, a staff member of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, reveals all she knows about Elvis, but her subject has been so intensely overexposed that even the most intimate details sound familiar. 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 >