Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1276)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A perceptive, unapologetic self-portrait by an unrepentantly self-involved man."
The founder of Grand Street offers an erudite and prickly memoir about friendships with intellectuals and socialites, dozens of love affairs, and his struggles to emerge from the shadow of his powerful father. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A roller-coaster ride lurching from pontification to punch line, leaving the reader to distinguish, when possible, between the two."
Newsday reporter Waldman recounts his pursuit of the big stories—in these sometimes funny, often uneven, and not always engaging memoirs. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Well-organized and fast-paced, with convincing insights into the minds of List and his victims: a true-crime success. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Chilling account of the multiple murders that shocked newspaper readers and TV viewers in 1971, and stunned them 18 years later when the killer was at last caught through the auspices of a popular TV program. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Classic Bombeck, in which she does away with any notion of an empty-nest syndrome. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for August.)"
Bombeck hits the bull's-eye with this wry meditation on the art of surviving one's long-dreamed-of and hard-earned exotic vacations. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Johnson for the foreseeable future,'' but certainly isn't the most readable or vivid one. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Readers who find Robert A. Caro's LBJ too Manichaean can turn to this hefty study (first of a projected two volumes), which covers the life and career of the young politico-in-a-hurry through the 1960 election. Read full book review >

THE MORGENTHAUS by Henry Morgenthau
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Personal history that opens to a larger cultural and political account of the 20th century: fluent and passionately humane. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A fourth-generation Morgenthau pens a lively and engaging biography of his family of high achievers, overlaid with a fresh view of changing Jewish acculturation during the past two American centuries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 1991

"Perversely fascinating, but MacDonald's painting himself as a victim of history and politics will convince few. (Twenty-one pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Here, deposed Navajo tribal chairman MacDonald, convicted last fall of corruption, tells (with the aid of Schwarz—The Hillside Strangler, etc.) his side of the story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 29, 1991

"Friends, family, and associates are vividly evoked, as are the difficult times Bell lived through, but it is she herself, modest and self-deprecating, who is the real heroine of this poignant story of great loss and some gain."
A wise and affecting memoir, remarkable for its honesty and lack of self-pity, of a life lived in interesting times by Czech- born feminist historian Bell. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 1991

"Provocative revisionist history that could stimulate a widespread reevaluation of the traditional view of why America entered WW II. (Twenty-five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Here, Thompson (Pledge to Destiny: Charles de Gaulle and the Rise of the Free French, 1974; Foreign Policy/Univ. of South Carolina) argues that FDR, greatly exceeding his executive powers, led a depressed, militarily weak, and traditionally isolationist America into WW II by forcing Germany and Japan to go to war with us. Read full book review >
CARL SANDBURG by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 1991

Sandburg's long life (1878-1967) illustrates the great American success story: Emerging from an austere Swedish immigrant background, through work, discipline, clean living, and high thinking he achieved fame, love, power, and money, and was identified at his death, at age 89, with the voice of America. Read full book review >
JIMI HENDRIX by Harry Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 1991

"You'll dig out the four albums Hendrix made before dying—and again find him a crackling wizard. (For a more musiculturally oriented view of Hendrix's life, see Charles Murray's Crosstown Traffic, 1990.) (Seventy-five b&w photographs, 16 pp. of color photographs—not seen.)"
Definitive biography of the giant of the electric guitar, who died in 1970 at age 27. Read full book review >
UNDER THE HAMMER by Richard Harton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 1991

"Harton is an amusing writer with many lively tales to tell, but he often overplays his hand and his observations lack depth."
The fitfully entertaining adventures of an Englishman who enters the auction business expecting to find a hushed, cultured environment filled with fine gentlemen and women, and instead finds a quirky world peopled with myriad colorful characters. 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 >