Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

IGGY by Paul Trynka
Released: April 10, 2007

"The author's love for a flawed-but-deep-down-okay dude, plus his amazing eye for detail, make this one of the finest rock bios of recent memory: Music and pop culture fans will dig it even if they don't dig Ig."
Is it possible to adore a rock star who has been known to throw watermelons at concertgoers, defecate onstage behind an amplifier and purposefully cut his bare chest with a shard of glass? You betcha. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN by Walter Isaacson
Released: April 10, 2007

"An exemplary biography, at once sympathetic and unsparing. Readers will admire Einstein's greatness as a thinker, but they will now know that he, like all other idols, had feet of clay. See Jürgen Neffe's Einstein (2007) for more on the subject."
A comprehensive and marvelously readable life of the eminent scientist—and more, the eminent counter-culturalist, rebel, humanist and philanderer. Read full book review >

JULIA CHILD by Laura Shapiro
Released: April 9, 2007

"Shapiro has, in a brief book, made her subject truly come alive."
Shapiro (Something from the Oven, 2004) offers a vivid biography of the 20th century's leading gourmand. Read full book review >
JOHN DONNE by John Stubbs
Released: April 1, 2007

"Donne would be pleased with this intelligent, affectionate, articulate telling of his story."
A major biography of the poet and preacher, who knew Shakespeare, accommodated himself to three difficult monarchs and left behind a significant literary legacy. Read full book review >
Released: March 30, 2007

"Readers with an interest in the history of science—and with a taste for the dark side of scholarship—will find this irresistible."
Revealing analysis of the man who made the work of Sigmund Freud accessible to readers in English. Read full book review >

Released: March 26, 2007

"A great pleasure for foodies, chronicling an unlikely revolution."
It was hard to get a decent meal in America before 1971. Alice Waters helped change all that. Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 2007

"Goolrick is clearly a victim of his parents' brutal abuse, but he has broken out of the categories of 'victim' and 'survivor' to become a powerful truth-teller."
A devastating debut memoir about a Southern childhood. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2007

"An unflinching look at success and race in America."
An engrossing biography of a conflicted man who, as the second African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, has become a hero to conservatives and a pariah to the black community at large. Read full book review >
DOG YEARS by Mark Doty
Released: March 13, 2007

"A profound reflection on hope, and a song of praise for the dead."
"The fact that I know that stories of faithful dogs are kitsch does not in the least diminish their power," notes poet and memoirist Doty (Still Life with Oyster and Lemon, 2001, etc.), who goes on to write something rather amazing. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2007

"A worthy paean to an American legend."
Journalist Posnanski (The Good Stuff, 2001) accompanies a baseball legend on a cross-country journey to raise awareness of the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2007

"An important reassessment of Irving that restores him to his rightful place as a founder of American literature."
The first major biography in a half-century of one of America's first professional writers, from a historian (History/Univ. of Tulsa) who specializes in early America (Jefferson's Secrets, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
NIXON AND MAO by Margaret MacMillan
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"First-rate popular history featuring a compelling cast, swift narration and rigorous analysis."
An account of the stunning 1972 visit by President Richard Nixon, long a Red-hater and -baiter, to the People's Republic of China. 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 >