Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2005

"Everything you ever wanted to know about a masterpiece."
Opinionated, revealing, constantly entertaining account of the birth and growth of Tennessee Williams's most famous play. Read full book review >
THE SURVIVOR by John F. Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2005

"A complement and corrective to the Clintons' own memoirs, full of surprising turns that do much to explain the recent past—and the unfolding political present."
A revealing look at the Clinton presidency, characterized by great ambitions and shattering failures. Read full book review >

NASTY by Simon Doonan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2005

"A kick, a hoot, a truly wonderful read, with loads of down-and-dirty details about characters who are way more interesting than those dull Beautiful People Doonan was so all afire to find."
Fabulously entertaining account of the prole beginnings of fashion-world fixture Doonan. Read full book review >
WHERE WE HAVE HOPE by Andrew Meldrum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2005

"A compelling and, ultimately, heartbreaking story that demands to be read by anyone concerned about contemporary Africa."
The remarkable odyssey of a reporter's attempt to cover the news and stay alive during a country's descent into ruin. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2005

"Intensely involving: a character study of a gifted, driven man and the world that created him."
Enthralling plunge into the world of the late Bernard Loiseau: celebrity chef, P.R. genius, and manic-depressive. Read full book review >

OH THE GLORY OF IT ALL by Sean Wilsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2005

"Honest to a fault, richly veined with indelible images: a monumental piece of work."
A founding McSweeney's editor tells about his privileged and impressively troubled young years, with surprisingly few missteps on a well-worn path. Read full book review >
THEM by Francine du Plessix Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2005

"Famous names and juicy stories, served up with literary elegance."
Distinguished journalist, novelist and biographer du Plessix Gray (Simone Weil, 2001, etc.) turns her descriptive and analytic powers to the legendary lives of her glamorous, Russian-born mother and stepfather. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2005

"All in all, a great ride with a homegrown American original."
Television host Ellerbee roams around the world and through her memories, one meal at a time. Read full book review >
A MATTER OF OPINION by Victor S. Navasky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2005

"A pleasure for general readers, and a blessing for students of the independent media and contemporary letters."
The country's oldest weekly magazine, a fixture of liberal households since the Civil War, has a dirty secret, its long-time editor/publisher discloses. It loses money. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2005

"Davis considers the Laffites to have been more entrepreneurs than pirates, ambitious but hapless, 'men of temporal success but lifetime failure.' A splendid telling of their endlessly interesting tale."
Prolific historian Davis (Lone Star Rising, 2004, etc.), director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, serves up a highly engaging chronicle of the brothers Laffite, anarchist princes of the early republic. Read full book review >
GUITAR by Tim Brookes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"An intelligent work with the quality of a sonorous voice drifting from a radio. (NPR, in fact, will be airing six of his guitar segments to coincide with the book's publication.)"
With a storyteller's—and a guitarist's—sense of pitch and timing, NPR commentator/essayist Brookes (A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow, 2000, etc.) delivers both a cultural history of the guitar and a chronicle of the intricate process that went into the construction of his own dream instrument. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"Eyman marshals thousands of facts, and dozens of opinions, with brio, wit and authority to create a monument worthy of the greatest studio head of them all. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Acclaimed Hollywood biographer Eyman (Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford, 1999, etc.) tackles his most ambitious subject: the mogul of moguls who ran MGM. 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 >