Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 1999

"While the actual math is heavy going, Aczel gives a very readable account of the science and the scientists involved."
In 1912, Albert Einstein wrote down an equation that describes the structure of the universe. Read full book review >
FIREBIRD by Mark Doty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1999

"A short, effusive, and wisely compassionate backward glance on a life that, while less than the sum of its parts, has healed as much as it has hurt."
A bittersweet portrait of the artist as a young homosexual, coming to terms with his parents and finding that "the thing that harms turns out, sometimes, to be the very thing that restores." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1999

"A great sprawl of a book—artful, entertaining, informative, deeply researched (163 pages of notes), but in the end frustrating. (20 illustrations, 5 maps, not seen)"
Royster (Louisiana State Univ.; The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans, 1991) has previously proven himself a master at providing fresh and significant historical interpretations through historical narratives. Read full book review >
TRUMPET BLUES by Peter J. Levinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Impressive, and a fascinating read not only for fans of jazz, but for students of 20th-century history, Hollywood, and the music business."
Leading jazz publicist Levinson makes his literary debut with this biography of the late bandleader, who in the '40s and '40s established himself as a rival to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, among others. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Massive in scope and length, and written with the pope's cooperation, Weigel's biography is sure to be the definitive work on Pope John Paul II for years to come. (illustrations, not seen)"
A study that pays homage without degenerating into hagiography. Read full book review >

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN by Gregg Cantrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A solid achievement of biographical art and modern western history that substitutes new evidence and current scholarship where myth and romance have long held sway."
The first critical study in 75 years of the founder of Anglo-American Texas—an appealing figure who here has gained a shrewd and skilled biographer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"An intelligent and profound memoir. (25 b&w photos, 1 map)"
A powerful and unusually eloquent memoir of a prominent Austrian Holocaust survivor invited back to face and forgive old ghosts and demons. Read full book review >
GERALD DURRELL by Douglas Botting
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The result is a solid, engaging biography that will appeal to Durrell's admirers—and perhaps, with good cause, earn him a few more. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A portly, respectful biography of the late British conservationist, author, and raconteur. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This engaging book goes deeper than psychologizing on the (Patty) Hearst Syndrome in explaining how the survival instinct allows one to sleep with the enemy. (Author tour)"
A well-written, tense, and intimate Holocaust memoir by an author with a remarkable war experience. Read full book review >
IRIS AND HER FRIENDS by John Bayley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A moving final tribute to the healing force of memory and the sustaining power of love."
Sweet memories of the distant past are juxtaposed with present agonies as Bayley, a retired Oxford don, novelist, and critic, concludes the story of wife, Iris Murdoch's struggle with Alzheimer's disease in this piercing follow-up to Elegy for Iris (1998). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Add this book to the ballast. (photos, not seen)"
A ham-handed account of what had all the ingredients to be a gripping adventure tale—Sweden to Kathmandu by bicycle, trek to Everest, climb, return by same route—from Kropp, the second person to ever reach the summit of K2 without supplemental oxygen, assisted by Swedish freelance journalist Lagercrantz. Read full book review >
DOCTORS AFIELD by Mary G. McCrea Curnen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A diverting glimpse into some unusually creative minds. (40 b&w and 8 color illus.)"
A quirky, intriguing collection of portraits of an extraordinary group of physicians—21 men, 6 women—whose leisure time is spent immersed in creative pursuits. 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 >