Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1288)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Crucial to any reevaluation of JFK as President and statesman, this electrifying report portrays a wily, stubborn, conflicted leader who grasped realities that eluded virtually everyone else in the US establishment."
Bold and authoritative revisionist analysis of Kennedy's Vietnam policy, by a US Army major who teaches history at the Univ. of Maryland. Read full book review >
TOWNSHIPS by Michael Martone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Flawlessly intelligent essays, variously nostalgic, angry, and prophetic."
Essays on the Midwest, each grappling well with the idea of townships. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"Compelling if overwrought, but a must for Sinologists. (Forty- five b&w photographs, two maps—not seen.)"
An ambitious but labored joint political biography of China's late-20th-century rulers, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, that overreaches in its attempt to parallel, contrast, and interweave their paths to power. Read full book review >
UNTO THE SONS by Gay Talese
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 1992

"It's a major contribution to the literature of diaspora. (Book-of-the- Month Main Selection for March)"
Over ten years in the making, Talese's latest was well worth the wait, and will certainly redeem his embarrassingly participatory foray into the sexual revolution in Thy Neighbor's Wife (1980). Read full book review >
LETTERS TO SARTRE by Simone de Beauvoir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 1992

"Essential reading for anyone wanting to fathom this still towering, contradictory, revolutionary feminist, what she wrote, and what she made of her life."
Found in a cupboard and published last year in France, these "lost" love letters follow upon Deirdre Bair's magnificent Simone de Beauvoir (1990) with revelations about the author of The Second Sex and the exact nature of her extraordinary relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre. Read full book review >

A SORROW IN OUR HEART by Allan W. Eckert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 1992

"Astoundingly detailed but ambitious to a fault, in its interpretative zeal it strays from, or at least embellishes, the historical record to the point of being suspect."
A spirited but misdirected stab at a definitive biography of the great Shawnee warrior, from prolific historian and novelist Eckert, whose six-volume nonfiction The Winning of America series (Twilight of Empire, Gateway to Empire, etc.) paved the way for this epic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"A fine and absorbing memoir that captures the turbulent emotions surrounding the passage of the modern civil-rights acts. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Former Alabama congressman Elliott, with the assistance of D'Orso (co-author, Somerset Homecoming, 1988), engagingly relates the affecting story of his rise from a dirt-poor childhood in Alabama's ``hill country'' to his long tenure on Capitol Hill, as well as his political ruin at the hands of George Wallace. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"An articulate and insightful examination of a problem with unlimited downside potential. (Photographs, drawings—not seen.)"
From a radiologist attached to both the Stanford Univ. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"A painful and fascinating tale; film rights sold."
A gripping inside-out view of one woman's psychosis and of her struggle to convince self-involved doctors that its origin is physical. Read full book review >
ENGLAND'S DREAMING by Jon Savage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"Though at times overly detailed and wordy, still a compelling and intelligent narrative that's as much about the nature of anarchy as about the Sex Pistols and punk rock. (Sixteen-page color insert.)"
In an account packed with incisive social analysis, a London- based writer who contributes regularly to US music magazines (Spin, Rolling Stone, etc.) chronicles the lurid yet surprisingly complex rise and fall of Britain's quintessential punk band, the Sex Pistols. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

An exotic, absorbing, rather odd life saga played out against the volatile politics of Iran. ``Dispossessed of her Persian heritage,'' Farmaian (b. 1921) fondly recalls her harem childhood as the 15th of 36 children, the third-born to her 16-year-old mother, who was the third of her father's eight wives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Still: new information on big cases, revelations on NYPD interdepartmental politics, and a rogues' gallery of coldblooded hit men and devious madmen: cop watchers are going to like this, despite its flaws. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Absorbing roundup of an ace NYPD detective's big cases. 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 >