Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

THE CIRCLE OF HANH by Bruce Weigl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Weigl's integrity and experience have produced a moving, singular, and highly readable story—while his supple prose maintains the precise, stark imagery, crisp meter, and mordant understandings of his poetry."
From acclaimed poet Weigl (After the Others, 1999), a deliberately turned and finely envisioned memoir, alternately harrowing and hopeful but consistently contemplative. Read full book review >
MISGIVINGS by C.K. Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Sad, almost grim, rewarding."
Award-winning poet Williams (Repair, 1999) looks back on his parents' unhappy marriage, a mix of personalities that was guaranteed from the start to produce some sparks—and did. Read full book review >

THE LAST GOOD FREUDIAN by Brenda Webster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A fresh take on the poorlittlerichgirl theme, whinefree and surprisingly frank. (16 b&w photos)"
Soulbearing memoirs of a woman ``born and brought up to be in psychoanalysis,'' who discovers rather late in life that writing fiction has taught her more about herself than years of psychotherapy. Read full book review >
TO HELL WITH HONOR by Larry Sklenar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"However, committed lay readers and serious students of the event and the surrounding Victorianexpansionist milieu will probably find this an engaging, convincing, and fully informative account, one which will stand out in the crowded field of Custerrelated books."
A remarkably detailed and reconstructed account of the era and events surrounding the Seventh Cavalry's infamous loss under General George Armstrong Custer that largely succeeds in ameliorating the General's equally infamous culpability by exploring the gray areas and forgotten facts of this archetypical American disaster. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Hallock's great accomplishment here is a documentation of literary homophobia. It will take another writer to give us a compelling biography of this once-famous poet."
In his new study of a 19th-century American poet, Hallock uncovers convincing evidence that homophobic critics forced him into selfcensorship, isolation, and, ultimately, silence. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Highly useful to scholars, and certain to excite discussion and even controversy, Kaiser's book is a valuable contribution."
An important addition to the sad—and growing—library devoted to the Vietnam war. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2000

"Hu was faced with the classic difficulty of portraying the true dimensions of powerful virtue: Unfortunately, the bare facts of Vautrin's life convey her stature far better than this heartfelt but somewhat pedestrian account."
An account of the remarkable courage of an American missionary who lived through the rape of Nanking, by award-winning Chinese academic Hu (History/National Univ. of Taiwan). Read full book review >
INVENTING AL GORE by Bill Turque
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2000

"A fluid, intelligent biography—both comprehensive and comprehending. (20 b&w photos, not seen) (First serial rights to Newsweek)"
A balanced and insightful account of the life of the Vice President from a Washington correspondent for Newsweek. Read full book review >
PHOENIX by J.D. Dolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2000

"Dolan unflinchingly peels away the layers from a family's secrets and fears, and in doing so creates a memorial to a brother lost too soon—as well as a powerful, unsettling lament for the ways in which life's hard realities can diminish one's dreams."
A beautifully written, painfully frank memoir about a death in the family, and a meditation on the fragile bonds of kinship in the modern world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2000

"A deliciously engaging tale of flower-power."
An exuberant romp through the surprisingly bizarre world of orchid collectors, where decorous matrons swoon over blooms, bureaucrats act like SWAT teams, and reputable scientists punch customs officers in the face. Read full book review >
PASSIONATE MINDS by Claudia Roth Pierpont
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2000

"Individually, however, these are compelling and provocative essays, offering fresh insights into the lives and works of the disparate writers. (11 b&w photos)"
Probing, challenging literary profiles of a dozen 20th-century women whose personal and public concerns encompass sex, race, politics, and, of course, the roles of women. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2000

"For all his occasional narrative longeurs, Crane's insights into Ch'an beliefs and his unlikely friendship with Tsung Tsai prove that poetry in its purest form is indeed universal."
A poetry-filled account of the friendship between author Crane and Ch'an Buddhist master Tsung Tsai and of their fascinating journey through China's remote outer regions. 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 >