Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

THE HISTORY OF SWIMMING by Kim Powers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"A powerful nod to familial bonding, written with verve and genuine affection."
Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Powers initiates a desperate manhunt for his suicidal gay twin brother, who has vanished seven years after their tumultuous college days. Read full book review >

PATRIOTIC TREASON by Evan Carton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2006

"A dramatic, expertly paced biography of American history's most problematic figure."
"For drama, controversy, and historical impact, the life of John Brown exceeds that of any other private citizen of the United States." Thus begins a bold account of the mastermind behind the raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2006

"Valiant and heartbreaking."
Eye-opening memoir by the spouse of a 9/11 victim. Read full book review >
THE DISCOMFORT ZONE by Jonathan Franzen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Quirky, funny, poignant, self-deprecating and ultimately wise."
Novelist Franzen (The Corrections, 2001, etc.) displays his mastery of nonfiction in this compact, affecting memoir, which begins with the aftermath of his mother's death and ends with a quiet epiphany about love. Read full book review >

I COULD HAVE SUNG ALL NIGHT by Marni Nixon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Spirited, enlightening and entertaining, especially for musical-theater fans."
The voice behind the stars recalls the life behind the voice. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY GUEST by Grégoire Bouillier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The deceptively effortless translation by Stein renders this a treasure at once absurd and heartbreaking."
A skillful blurring of art and reality is achieved in French author Bouillier's beguilingly spare "account" of recovery from a romantic heartbreak. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"MacPherson is fearless herself in considering such contradictions as a muckraking millionaire, delivering a welcome and readable study of the influential journalist, ever missed."
"I don't think the primary job of a free journalist in a free society is digging out the dirt. . . . The primary job is not to disgrace anybody or defame them, but to provide understanding." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Now a millionaire, Giuliani may not have been directly responsible for all those woes, but they happened on his watch. This careful condemnation will raise eyebrows."
"When he assured New York that things would come out all right, he was blessedly believable." That was on 9/11. Things haven't been as good for Rudy Giuliani since. And this book won't make it any better. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2006

"Another epitaph for Mr. Bush's War, and a book sure to fascinate—and anger—its readers."
Mesopotamia is a capitalist's dreamscape. As one put it, "If the United States was going to the trouble of invading Iraq, shouldn't American companies reap the rewards?" Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Breathless prose and many juicy revelations—an absorbing read."
An erstwhile "friendly acquaintance" who fell out with Rumpole of the Bailey's creator over this biography strips back the man's jovial veneer to reveal dark and adulterous activities. Read full book review >
THE THINGS BETWEEN US by Lee Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2006

"Everyone with a terminally ill parent should read this spare account, which is damn near perfect."
The executive editor of Tin House magazine perfectly captures a middle-aged rite of passage: returning home to help a parent die. 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 >