Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1295)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"An agenda-driven play-by-play that's told too far from the heat of the field."
Weighted report on the 1990 Democratic campaigns of Ann Richards, who won the statehouse in Texas, and Dianne Feinstein, who lost it in California; by the author of Fanny Wright: Rebel in America (not reviewed). Read full book review >
MAGELLAN by Tim Joyner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

A straightforward but tepid biography from fisheries biologist Joyner of the great visionary Magellan, whose resolve to reach the Spice Islands by sailing around the lands encountered by Columbus and others prompted the first circumnavigation of the globe. Read full book review >

DE GAULLE by Jean Lacouture
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A leisurely biography that stints on explaining how de Gaulle worked his imperious will, but scores in detailing his evolution as a symbol of national unity and as a geopolitical realist. (Photographs.)"
Lacouture follows up his De Gaulle: The Rebel, 1890-1944 (1990) with another admiring volume, tracing how the triumphant leader of the Free French consolidated his position as the colossus bestriding his country's political institutions. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Vital, delicious—and dangerous to imposters behind the baton."
Here, music-journalist Lebrecht (Mahler Remembered, 1987—not reviewed) cannonades world-famous, power-hungry conductors for their facades and for placing money over the welfare of orchestras. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Those close to people with mental illness should find insight and gentle guidance here."
The younger sister of a woman with lifelong disabling mental illness describes her struggles to oversee her sister's care after their mother's death, and to acknowledge the deeply pervasive effects of the illness on her own self-image and outlook. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Once underway, plenty of tension, with Floyd a warmhearted badman. (Illustrations—125—not seen.)"
Strangely written, often exciting life of Depression-era bank- robber/murderer ``Pretty Boy'' Floyd, by the author of Oil Man (1988). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Despite a paucity of personal detail, the absorbing text (ten years in preparation) will likely be the definitive life story for decades to come."
In a 1962 spoof for Esquire, Richard Rovere quoted John Kenneth Galbraith as deeming John J. McCloy ``chairman of the US Establishment''—but McCloy has never been the subject of a full- dress biography. Read full book review >
KHRUSHCHEV by Fedor Burlatsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Burlatsky's candor—modified only by a short and unrevealing chapter about Gorbachev—makes this one of the most fascinating works ever about the inner workings of the Soviet system."
An almost unprecedented look into life at the top of the former USSR, by a former speechwriter and adviser to Khrushchev, Andropov, Brezhnev, Kosygin, and Gorbachev. Read full book review >
ONE OF THE FAMILY by Wendy W. Fairey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A graceful and moving personal examination. (Photographs.)"
Fairey's primary (and mild) claim to fame is that her mother was Sheilah Graham, Hollywood gossip columnist and lover of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read full book review >
MY LIFE ON THE STREET by Joe Homeless
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A photorealist portrait—harrowingly vivid but with little psychological insight—that leaves society's lowest depths still frustratingly unplumbed."
What's it really like to be homeless? Read full book review >
OWEN LATTIMORE AND THE 'LOSS' OF CHINA by Robert P. Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A thought-provoking intellectual cliffhanger about a man whose thinking was ahead of his time—and who paid for it. (Fourteen photographs, two maps—not seen.)"
Well-done study of a distinguished victim of the McCarthy era, by Newman (The Cold War Romance of Lillian Hellman and John Melby, 1989; Rhetoric/Univ. of Pittsburgh). Read full book review >
SILENT LAMP by William H. Shannon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A straightforward rehash, decently done but unremarkable. (Ten photographs.)"
The latest unnecessary biography of our century's most garrulous monk, by the Rochester priest whose previous labors in this vineyard (Thomas Merton's Dark Path, 1981, etc.) have established him as a master of the genre. 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 >