Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

HOME AND EXILE by Chinua Achebe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"A welcome book for Achebe's many admirers, as well as for all students of contemporary African cultures."
Bookish lectures in which the Nigerian Nobel Prize-winning novelist reflects on his life and work. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"A depressing but fascinating account of one of the sadder figures of modern American letters."
An annotated collection of letters exchanged between novelist Johnson (In the Night Café, 1989, etc.) and Kerouac (1922-69) during the two years (1957-58) of their stormy (and not terribly romantic) love affair. Read full book review >

ON MONEY AND MARKETS by Henry Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"Not exactly cheery, but definitely worth knowing. (Introduction by Paul A. Volcker)"
A superior course in economics (with a glimpse of biography) from "Dr. Gloom," the famous monetarist, financial forecaster, and bond guru who earned his sobriquet with his infallably honest, level, and sometimes unwelcome economic pronouncements. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"Each autobiography here transforms the story of a private life into the story of the country and the times: a volume sure to attract early Soviet history buffs."
A collection of life stories of Russian women, accompanied by an analytical introduction and edited by scholars Fitzpatrick (History/Univ. of Chicago) and Slezkine (History/Univ. of California), from the perspective of direct participants in the unfolding historical drama begun in 1917. Read full book review >
MOUNTAIN CITY by Gregory Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"Mountain City deserves a better eulogy."
Snapshots of the dying Nevada mining town of Mountain City, this unwieldy collage slaps together pictures of life there with little concern for how the pieces fit. Read full book review >

WOMEN OF THE LONG MARCH by Lily Xiao Hong Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"This intimate look at women in Red China should not be missed."
A moving, even-handed account of three Chinese women who were part of the Communist vanguard in the 1930s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"The author's intelligence and personable quality, combined with her large cast of political and show-business celebrities, make for an entertaining and informative discussion of important arts issues. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A well-written account of Alexander's 1993-97 term as head of the National Endowment of the Arts, smoothly interwoven with tales of her stage and screen life. Read full book review >
BOUND FOR SHADY GROVE by Steven Harvey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"Often precious, this will strike a chord nevertheless with many old folkies."
A banjo-picking English professor meditates on mountain music and rural lifestyles. Read full book review >
DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI AND THE GAME THAT MUST BE LOST by Jerome McGann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"The 'game' that McGann refers to is art, which can never fully fulfill its mission or be rendered perfectly in its execution. Nonetheless, if both Rossetti and McGann must eventually lose their game, their efforts are stronger than most."
McGann (Media/Univ. of Virginia) examines the poetry and paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti in an effort to determine why the artist's stature, so high between 1850 and 1910, fell dramatically with the rise of Modernism. Read full book review >
MADELEINE ALBRIGHT AND THE NEW AMERICAN DIPLOMACY by Thomas W. Lippman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"Lippman's portrait is likely to prove valuable in the future as an accurate, unbiased record of Albright's term—and of the confusions of post-Cold War international politics."
An animated account of Madeleine Albright's career as Secretary of State that incorporates an examination of the foreign policy challenges (both met and unmet) of the Clinton administration. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"A fascinating study of an intriguing case. (15 pages of photos)"
The true significance of the "Almanac Trial" is revealed by historical detective and novelist Walsh (Midnight Dreary, 1998, etc.) in this engrossing account of how history is made and lost. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"Ambitious pop-cult criticism that fails because of its single-mindedness and humorlessness."
A book-length essay about the recent resurgence of swing dancing and the supposed implications of its renaissance. 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 >