Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Useful and easy reading, this evaluation of Lee as a gifted soldier and a Christian gentleman of character and humility does not provide many new insights nor convincingly refute the claims of Lee's critics."
A new study that defends the South's greatest icon against the negative assessment promulgated by such revisionist biographies as Thomas Connelly's The Marble Man (1977). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"What interested Szpilman (who still lives in Warsaw), and what comes through here, is not a desire for revenge, but the brute animal drive for survival."
A striking Holocaust memoir that conveys with exceptional immediacy and cool reportage the author's desperate fight for survival and the German who came to his aid. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A touching account by a son who loved his father deeply and skillfully describes how fame and fortune can almost destroy a life."
How President Jimmy Carter's late younger brother, Billy, dealt with instant celebrity when the media stereotyped him as a southern "redneck" and "ol" boy" freak, as told by Billy's son. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"With the help of L.A. media critic Diehl, this is written with humor and a sense of proportion that leaven the usual movie star bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Film star Williams reveals all, including how every hair and eyelash remained in place during the spectacular water ballets that were the core of most of her movies. Read full book review >
PAPER DAUGHTER by M. Elaine Mar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1999

"Millions of Americans from diverse cultural backgrounds will find reflections of their own stories in this memoir; many more will find a deeper understanding of the complex relationships upon which our culture is founded."
A funny, sometimes brutally honest, account of one Chinese immigrant's path from the tenements of Hong Kong to the halls of Harvard. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1999

"Robertson's thoughtful chronicle restores to the record a powerful figure whose story continues to challenge America's vision of itself as a place of equality and harmony. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A fascinating historical detective story about an abortive 1822 slave insurrection in Charleston, S.C. Little survives in the historical record about Denmark Vesey, the free black who masterminded what could have been the most devastating uprising in American history. Read full book review >
HOLDING STONE HANDS by Alan Boye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1999

"A true contribution to the literature of the Northern Cheyenne past."
A noteworthy mix of Native American history and memoir. Read full book review >
A PASSION FOR BOOKS by Dale Salwak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1999

A spirited collection of original essays extolling the virtues of the book and the "intoxicating power of the printed word." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 1999

"A series of meandering discussions of great scientists that is two parts Charlie Rose to one part Bill Maher. (12 photos, not seen)"
A mixed bag of essays on 12 great scientists, derived from a series of radio shows hosted by the author. Read full book review >
HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN IT'S GOD? by Dan Wakefield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 1999

"Down-to-earth, humorous, and confessional anecdotes about the confusing absence of magical answers for the quotidian spiritual life. (One Spirit Book Club selection; author tour)"
This entertaining sequel continues the religious transformations Wakefield recounted in 1988's Returning: A Spiritual Journey. Read full book review >
CARE AND EQUALITY by Mona Harrington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 1999

"After an impressive beginning, Harrington disappoints by hiding behind a 'politics' of liberal family policy rather than providing what her analysis indicates is really needed: a liberal theory of the family."
A partially successful attempt to deny that "liberal family policy" is an oxymoron. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 19, 1999

"Another tribute to the 'greatest generation' of WWII."
A biography of aviator Cornelia Fort, from her wealthy Nashville (Tenn.) childhood to her pioneering career as a pilot and early death. 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 >