Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

POSTER CHILD by Emily Rapp
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Rapp has excelled again: This book is a blessing."
Mature and graceful debut memoir about a childhood struggle to be perfect. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 12, 2006

"A juicy account of George's challenging and colorful relationships with his siblings, told from a fresh perspective."
British historian Tillyard (Citizen Lord, 1998, etc.) paints a Hanoverian family portrait centered on the reign of the eldest brother, who became King of England in 1760. Read full book review >

WINIFRED WAGNER by Brigitte Hamann
Released: Dec. 4, 2006

"A unique perspective on the Wagners, centered on the clan's most controversial member and most tumultuous period."
Austrian historian Hamann (Hitler's Vienna, 1999) tells the story of a British-born woman who married into Germany's legendary musical family and befriended the leader of the Third Reich. Read full book review >
THE HARBOR BOYS by Hugo Hamilton
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Superbly written and nuanced narrative in which Hamilton's experiences coalesce to overcome a burden of unjustified guilt."
Coming of age in the 1960s, the author struggles with the post-World War II angst of his German mother, the stern regimen of an Irish patriot father and the violent troubles that rend Ireland. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Studded with wondrous gems—and just enough provocation to stimulate debate."
British-born polymath physicist Dyson (The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet, 1999, etc.) addresses the most controversial issues of the day with a sharp mind unblunted by time. Read full book review >

SOMEWHERE by Amanda Vaill
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"All the Robbins biographies have their merits, but this empathetic and accessible take is the one most likely to appeal to general readers."
Greg Lawrence exposed a monster (Dance with Demons, 2001), and Deborah Jowitt honored a choreographer (Jerome Robbins, 2004), but Vaill captures a human being in her account of the man who transformed 20th-century Broadway and ballet. Read full book review >
MAE WEST by Simon Louvish
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"Enlightening, exhaustively comprehensive look at an entertainer who unapologetically shimmied sexuality into the mainstream."
Seasoned show-biz biographer Louvish (Man on the Flying Trapeze, 1997, etc.) digs deeper into the saucy bombshell's hidden life. Read full book review >
JANE GOODALL by Dale Peterson
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"A loving depiction of a remarkable woman who charmed the world as much as it captivated her."
A longtime literary collaborator traces the life of a young British girl who became a voice for humanity. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"A significant contribution to American beaux arts."
Journalist Pollock's sound, informative first book pursues the success story of a Russian émigré who translated her failure to become a painter into a lively business making American art worthy of view and sale. Read full book review >
ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH by Kathleen C.  Winters
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A perfectly calibrated tribute to an early heroine of the air."
Pilot and aviation historian Winters focuses on the neglected subject of Mrs. Lindbergh's work as copilot, navigator and radio operator on pioneering flights exploring air routes for the infant airline industry. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Intelligent and well-crafted portraits of some of history's most intriguing geniuses."
Group portrait of the French artists linked by shifting alliances who emerged in the 1860s, endured parody and ridicule before triumphing at their first New York City exhibition in 1886 and enjoy towering reputations (and prices) today. Read full book review >
THIS HAS HAPPENED by Piera Sonnino
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"An important contribution to Holocaust literature."
A moving account of a family caught up in the Shoah. 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 >