Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

OFF CAMERA by Ted Koppel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"Koppel calls his diary 'bread crumbs in the woods . . . marking the trail of how we got to wherever it is we are.' To anyone hungry for literate, thoughtful, and thought-provoking commentary on our times, however, it is a whole satisfying loaf, crust and all."
The perceptive, articulate anchor of Nightline records his observations, thoughts, annoyances, and memories in a daily journal of the closing year of the century. Read full book review >
TODAY I AM A BOY by David Hays
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2000

"To his credit, Hays doesn't oversentimentalize things; to his discredit, he never makes his journey the story it could have been. A disappointment."
A semiretired theater director, at age 66, finally becomes a man. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2000

"An admiring yet not fawning look at Clinton's persuasive powers and use of the bully pulpit."
Clinton and his White House staff at work, seen from the perspective of his former director of speechwriting. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD RUNS LIKE A RIVER THROUGH MY DREAMS by Nasdijj
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2000

"A triumph of a remarkable spirit."
Love, pain, and anger radiate from every word of this strikingly beautiful and tragic memoir of an American Indian. Read full book review >
JOURNEY by Marsha Mason
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2000

"At one point in the narrative, an inner voices shouts, 'such a cliché, cliché, cliché!' Indeed."
As celebrity biographies go, this barely readable one hits rock bottom Read full book review >

ON WRITING by Stephen King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2000

"A useful book for any young writer, and a must for fans, this is unmistakably King: friendly, sharply perceptive, cheerfully vulgar, sometimes adolescent in his humor, sometimes impatient with fools, but always sincere in his love of language and writing."
Generous, lucid, and passionate, King (Hearts in Atlantis, 1999, etc.) offers lessons and encouragement to the beginning writer, along with a warts-and-all account of a less-than-carefree life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2000

"Like its author, this is a hybrid—both casual and entertaining."
A series of travelogues and memoirs linked by the subjects of race and identity. Read full book review >
EYE OF THE STORM by Robert Knox Sneden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A fine work, as winning in its production as it is riveting in its contents, for everyone captivated by the Civil War."
The most significant parts of an extraordinary, recently discovered Civil War memoir, created in art as well as word, see the first light of day. Read full book review >
THE THIRD REICH by Michael Burleigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A brilliant synthesis: lucid and felicitous, scholarly and compassionate."
A rich, comprehensive analysis of the rise and fall of Hitler's Germany, by historian Burleigh (Death and Deliverance, 1994). Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF A SPIRITUAL OUTSIDER by Suzanne Clores
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Readers may well will wish that, in Clores's case, reticence had triumphed here."
A superficial account of a New York writer's superficial spiritual quest. Read full book review >
HONKY by Dalton Conley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Not without its charm, Conley's account has the makings of a made-for-television movie."
Conley (Sociology/New York Univ.) recounts his years of growing up poor in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York, where as a white he was a minority amid Latinos, blacks, and Asians. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Although much of the sluggish final chapter (a summary of fictionalized versions of Sloan's life) more properly belongs in an appendix, this remains an engaging blend of personal and cultural history, of scholarship and skillful writing. (30 illustrations)"
A thoroughbred biography of the brash American jockey whose unconventional style of riding "overturned two hundred years of tradition." 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 >