Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A wholly fascinating, evocative glimpse of a harsh, lost world."
Disarmingly captivating memoir of an Englishman's coming-of-age among the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic in the 1930s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2005

"An incredible tale told with intensity by two very lucky people."
Gripping account of journalist Garen's kidnapping in southern Iraq and his fiancée's efforts in the U.S. to secure his release. Read full book review >

MAKING IT UP by Penelope Lively
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"Lively's ability to reveal character sharply and instantaneously makes this an unalloyed pleasure."
This collection of eight short semi-fictional works demonstrates the effortlessly transparent style that has won English novelist Lively (The Photograph, 2003, etc.) both a Booker Prize and an appreciative international audience. Read full book review >
DREAM BOOGIE by Peter Guralnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"To use a gospel-music term for a hot gig, Guralnick turns the house out."
Elvis Presley's masterful biographer delivers a brilliant depiction of "Mr. Soul." Read full book review >
DUDLEY MOORE by Rena Fruchter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"Gracefully written, keenly observed, Fruchter's portrait limns the joys of friendship and of lives devoted to art."
Musician and journalist Fruchter recalls 15 warm, happy years with actor/musician Dudley Moore. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2005

"The truth about American history's most accomplished mythmaker turns out to be stranger than his many fictions."
A lively reconstruction of what really happened in William Cody's life. Read full book review >
ONE BULLET AWAY by Nathaniel Fick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2005

"One can hardly imagine a finer boots-on-the-ground chronicle of this open-ended conflict, no matter how long it may last."
From the front lines in the war on terror, a former Marine captain's lucid account of his transformation from privileged college student to fighter in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Literary travel meets history, laced with cartloads of trivia and endless good humor. Somewhere Tom Paine, scourge of kings and conventions, is smiling."
The embodiment of revolution comes in for an appropriately anarchic—and wild, and thoroughly enjoyable—appreciation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"An inspirational tale of how suffering bred a visionary of hard-won wisdom."
A significant contribution to the study of Lincoln and his battle with depression that will resonate with contemporary Americans. Read full book review >
MELVILLE by Andrew Delbanco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2005

"Lively and endlessly informative: a welcome addition to literary history, of a piece with Louis Menand's Metaphysical Club and David Reynolds's Walt Whitman's America."
A graceful, sympathetic portrait of a writer all but forgotten in his day, but now seen as central to understanding the American character. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF CHICAGO MAY by Nuala O’Faolain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2005

"A biography with narrative muscle and thrilling historical relevance."
O'Faolain, mistress of the memoir (Almost There, 2003, etc.), meets her match in fellow Irishwoman Chicago May, feisty turn-of-the-century feminist and queen of crooks. Read full book review >
DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE by David Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"The self-lacerating wit of David Sedaris mixed with the biting commentary of Dan Savage—only completely and utterly original."
Rakoff (Fraud, 2001) targets cultural excess in this humorous essay collection. 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 >