Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

MY LIFE IN THE MIDDLE AGES by James Atlas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2005

"Arresting, thought-provoking, frightening, glorious."
Long-time literary journalist Atlas (Bellow, 2000, etc.) contemplates life and death in 11 poignant essays that chronicle the trials of growing older. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Sometimes excessive in her praise of Lowell, the author nonetheless has crafted an enduring and often lovely monument to his memory. (80 b&w illustrations; 1 map, not seen)"
A stunning biography of a young man from one of American's most celebrated families who quickly rose to the rank of colonel in the Union cavalry and died, at age 29, from wounds suffered in a charge at Cedar Creek. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Set aside an evening when you won't be interrupted, lay in boxes of Kleenex, and give yourself to a gripping memoir."
Riveting account of a journey home, a family crisis, and a spiritual search. Read full book review >
MALRAUX by Olivier Todd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2005

"Dashingly brilliant, irreverent and very intimidating treatment for our French intellectuals."
Infinitely qualified and smartly entertaining biographer Todd (Albert Camus, 1997, etc.) sifts through the mythic life of the French novelist, Nobelist-manqué and supreme political chameleon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2005

"Marvelously written, and imbued with scholarly thinking on a forgotten tradition of Jewish-Islamic accord."
The intriguing search for the true identity of a 1930s cult novelist (published here, by Random, in 1971) whose obscure working life was based entirely on escapist subterfuge. Read full book review >

POL POT by Philip Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"A superbly wrought, richly nuanced study in evil, though more likely to attract discussion for its controversial conclusion than its careful rendering of its murderous subject."
"He was very likeable, a really nice person. He was friendly, and everything he said seemed very sensible." But he was also one of history's most accomplished mass murderers, as this portrait shows. Read full book review >
SMASHED by Koren Zailckas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2005

"Riveting, with a powerful message for parents of teenaged girls."
An astonishingly revealing debut chronicles nine years of binge drinking in high school, college, and beyond. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Accessible, well-written approach to both Galbraith's life and the larger issues to which he has so effectively devoted his thought: an exemplary intellectual biography."
A fittingly oversized life of the eminent economist, philosopher, writer, and diplomat. Read full book review >
CHAUCER by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2005

"A splendid introduction to a pivotal figure in the history of English literature. (21 b&w illustrations)"
The first in a new series, Ackroyd Brief Lives, offers a fascinating portrait of the man who has been called the father of English poetry. Read full book review >
HELLO TO ALL THAT by John Falk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"A remarkably warm, surprisingly moving, and timely portrait of daily life in a war zone."
A twist on the usual Prozac memoirs and war-reporter memoirs: Falk offers both of same in this absorbing account of his battle with depression and his time as a freelance foreign correspondent in Sarajevo. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"It's no great revelation that 'all of us could use a good laugh these days,' but this author delivers more than just one, and that makes her special."
A deliriously, levitatingly funny memoir. Read full book review >
THE SHOOTING by Kemp Powers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Sparely written, often casual, but powerful."
From award-winning journalist Powers, a debut memoir considering a youth lost to a firearms accident. 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 >