Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"An important historical document, but not for general readers. (photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly researched but ultimately unreadable diary of a Civil War—era nurse and smuggler, edited by Conklin, a Gettysburg battlefield guide and lecturer on women in the Civil War. Read full book review >
DON'T COUNT THE CANDLES by Joan Rivers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Old saws given new bite in the sharp-tongued Rivers mode. (Author tour; TV satellite tour)"
No go-with-the-flow aging for Joan Rivers. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"The foreword is by Bob Costas. (photos, not seen)"
Innocuous anecdotes and remembrances abound in this valentine to the legendary sports broadcaster Harry Caray. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Pitrone (The Dodges: The Auto Family Fortune and Misfortune, not reviewed, etc.) paints an acid-tipped portrait of a self-obsessed, heedless semi-star, but this account lacks any depth or perceptiveness. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
A paint-by-numbers biography of the much-married singer, actress, comedienne, pitchwoman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"An unsettling page-turner and sobering reminder that in the legal treatment of the least fortunate of our citizenry lie all of our rights. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
Criminal lawyers will find plenty of useful trial tips here. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Informative but ultimately unsatisfying. (16 pages b&w photos)"
This biography of barrier-smashing cellist du PrÇ (1945—87) is the literary equivalent of an Çtude: important for the lessons it teaches, but dry and decidedly lacking in musicality. Read full book review >
THE BONE LADY by Mary H. Manhein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Despite the morbid nature of her work, she loves what she does and communicates that enthusiasm in her absorbing harrative. (illustrations)"
A subtly creepy collection of stories culled from the experiences of a leading forensic anthropologist. Read full book review >
DREAMING OF COLUMBUS by Michael Pearson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"A mix of history and memory that doesn—t quite capture either the dynamism or the distinctiveness of the Bronx."
A romantic but uneven memoir of growing up Irish Catholic in the Bronx, N.Y., during the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >
JOSEPHINE by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Moreover, her scholarly insights combine superbly with a mastery of period manners more often found in the best historical fiction. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An intimate, richly detailed, and candid portrait of the dramatic life and times of Napoleon's wife, Empress Josephine. Read full book review >
MARIA CALLAS by Stelios Galatopoulos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Arianna Stassinopoulos's Maria Callas, l981). (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
A personal friend of the celebrated opera singer offers a pedestrian but solid biography notable for extensive quotes from Callas's own reflections on her life and career. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"A tribute to the hard work and dedication of a forgotten hero in the battle for civil rights."
A fascinating chronicle that fills in an important but often overlooked gap in the early civil rights movement's history. Read full book review >
SPINOZA by Steven Nadler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Spinoza, so often sainted or demonized, at last receives a fine, measured biography. (11 photos, unseen)"
With eloquent sobriety and restraint, this biography of the Dutch-Jewish thinker whom Bertrand Russell called "the most lovable of the philosophers" communicates much of its subject's rarefied spirit. 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 >