Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

SAVAGE by Nick Hazlewood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2001

"An intriguing account of Button's troubled life, told with skill and grace."
Imaginative reconstruction of a lost but strangely influential episode in the history of British colonialism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2001

"Unpleasant and demanding, she—and not her unlucky son—is the real hero of this engagingly told footnote to American literary history."
An oddly entertaining biography of a tormented writer and his unlikely legacy. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2001

"Graphic images of adolescent life, softened by a vivid picture of the changing seasons on remote Penikese Island."
Insights into the lives of troubled and often violent youths, by a young man whose own past has certain parallels with theirs. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2001

"A provocative history of Arctic adventure and colonization. (21 illustrations, 2 maps, not seen)"
An account of two Arctic explorers and the Meta Incognita (Unknown Shore) that they attempted to settle in England's first attempt at colonizing the New World. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2001

"Instead, they're likely to enjoy Dugard's well-made narrative, and to come away sharing his abundant admiration for the admirable—and ultimately unfortunate—Cook."
A thoroughly readable biography of the famed sea captain and explorer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 2001

"Rich portraits of the sisters—and of the constraints and rewards of Victorian life. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Colorful adventures of two scions of a 19th-century English theatrical family. Read full book review >
A PASSION TO WIN by Sumner Redstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 2001

"Outrageous as he is, for personality and readability, Redstone gets an A."
A robust autobiography by the self-styled owner and CEO of media conglomerate Viacom (published, incidentally, by the company's book subsidiary). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2001

"A perfectly pitched biography that relies, as it should, as much on perceptive insights as documentation."
A profile of the man who assassinated Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of South Africa's policy of apartheid, that is both a compelling study of a tragically disturbed individual and an affecting metaphor for the apartheid years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2001

"Tales of courage and fortitude—a stiff upper lip, if you will—that should appeal to Anglophiles as well as students of history and women's studies. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
An inside view of the lives and responsibilities of the valiant women who married officers of the British Foreign Service, where rules were rigid but creativity counted for a lot. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2001

"A fascinating slice of America's past, wonderfully told. It might even inspire sports fans to get the words right."
A diverting history of the national anthem—ironic, anecdotal, and blessed with a dry humor—from New York Times reporter Molotsky. Read full book review >
FRANTZ FANON by David Macey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A respectful, if exhausting, portrait of an influential but marginal proponent of racial rage and third-world nationalism who did not live long enough to see his principles perverted by current regimes. (8 b&w maps)"
A biography of the Caribbean-born French psychiatrist-turned-revolutionary whose angry books (Black Skin White Mask, The Wretched of the Earth) and inflammatory speeches furthered the cause of Algerian independence and African nationalism in the 1950s. Read full book review >
WAR LETTERS by Andrew Carroll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"An excellent primary source for readers of military history, somewhat marred by Carroll's editorial intrusions."
Poignant letters from American servicemen and their families in the midst of war. 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 >