Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Duberman honors those convictions with interesting insights, but the book would have benefited from a sharper focus."
A grab bag of scholarly essays on aspects of American history and politics. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"One hopes for sufficient outrage garnered to substitute for justice denied; also, for an inevitable movie adaptation that won—t dilute the story's uglier civic dimensions."
Award-winning investigative reporter Leveritt's debut is a wrecking-ball tale of tragedy, malfeasance, and machine politics that resembles an all-true Arkansas Confidential. Read full book review >

PRINT THE LEGEND by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Although at times inelegantly written, this is as definitive a biography as we are likely to get of one of America's greatest filmmakers. (b&w photos)"
Author of an acclaimed biography of Ernst Lubitsch (1991) and a well-regarded history of the coming of the talkies (The Speed of Sound, 1996), Eyman takes on an even bigger piece of film history: the career of John Ford. Read full book review >
THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOM by Faith Stewart-Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"With more writing grace and a better sense of timing, the whole volume could have been as good. (16 pages b&w photos)"
On the eve of the Russian Tea Room's reopening, a mildly diverting story of its past. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Despite its relative neglect of art and artists, an estimable history of the Whitney, with illuminating forays into the history of several prominent American families."
Biddle, a former president of the Whitney Museum of American Art and granddaughter of the museum's legendary founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, here commemorates the illustrious female dynasty of art lovers and the institution they created and sustained. Read full book review >

LOUIS ARMSTRONG by Louis Armstrong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"This collection transcends jazz and conventional grammar, revealing the humor and spirit of a legendary entertainer. (29 halftones)"
These writings from jazz great Louis Armstrong swing with the same warmth, rhythms, and inventive phrasing that made his music so popular. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Here's a fitting —thank-you— to those unseen lovers."
On Memorial Day 1995, Christopher Reeve, better known as Superman, fell from his horse. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Even jaded readers, attentions captured by the pyrotechnical escape plot, will recognize the likely injustice in Stockton's state-sanctioned fate."
Virginian-Pilot editor Burke and writer Jackson produce a dark epic chronicling the only multiple escape from death row, and the redemption of a man condemned for a killing likely not his own doing, in that rare volume that is at once a taut, gripping true-crime ride and a disturbing indictment of the nether regions of criminal justice. Read full book review >
JACK KEROUAC by Jack Kerouac
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"If you do care, this book is indispensable to your understanding of Kerouac; if you don't, reread his fiction, which is so autobiographical that it at times makes the letters redundant."
The second of a two-volume set of Kerouac's interminable correspondence, containing letters from the publication of On the Road until his death. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The collection makes a convincing case for Toklas's assertion that 'notes are a very beautiful form of literature'—personal, provocative, and tender."
The domestic correspondence between Mr. Cuddle-Wuddle (Stein) and Baby Precious (Toklas) reveals the inner hearts and inner workings of the 20th century's most famous lesbian marriage. Read full book review >
UNDER THE ROSE by Flavia Alaya
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1999

"In this memoir, as in opera, it's the powerful feeling, not the melodramatic plot, that will capture the reader. (b&w photos)"
A torrid tale of illicit love between an Italian-American woman and an Irish-American Roman Catholic priest that lasted for 20 years and produced three children. Read full book review >
UNCOMMON SENSE by Reg Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1999

"Griffin Bell has lived a complex life; it deserves a more thoughtful assessment."
Although marketed as a "balanced biography," this effort reads more like an extended piece of promotional material paid for by either the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce or Griffin Bell's law firm for distribution to potential clients. 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 >