Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

THE LAST TREK---A NEW BEGINNING by F.W. de Klerk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Like South Africa's gold deposits, a lot of the value here is buried deep."
A strangely distanced, often stilted autobiography by the last white leader of South Africa. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"48 b&w illustrations, not seen)."
A breakthrough biography of Douglass's private life, highlighting the fruitful and romantic relationship between the abolitionist and former slave and his German translator and companion. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Hass graces Gaza with revolutionary fire, but ultimately, her book only proves that nothing positive is built on rage."
Remarkable but vehemently Marxist reportage from an Israeli journalist who adopts Gaza as her home. Read full book review >
GROOVIN' HIGH by Alyn Shipton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Torn between the morally upright educated music book and the more sensationalistic material of his subject's life, Shipton ends up with an unbalanced portrait that fails to satisfy."
London Times jazz writer Shipton tenders a new look at the life of legendary trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Young women interested in careers in science will especially benefit from Lowman's encouragement, but general readers will enjoy her book as well. (30 illustrations, not seen)"
An exuberant celebration of biology in the wild, far from labs, classrooms, and offices. Read full book review >

BOGGS by Lawrence Weschler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"An intelligent, ironic, and entertaining text about making money, from an accomplished reporter. (illustrations)"
J.S.G. Boggs, the artist who draws money, is revisited by New Yorker staffer Weschler (Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, 1995; Calamities of Exile, 1998; etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

A WORLD TRANSFORMEDFirsthand Accounts of California Before the Gold RushPaddison, Joshua—Ed. Read full book review >
AGATHA CHRISTIE AND THE ELEVEN MISSING DAYS by Jared Cade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Ardent fans may be enthralled; she would be appalled. (31 b&w photos)"
A sympathetic biography of the celebrated mystery writer that focuses on her strange disappearance in 1926. Read full book review >
WHO KILLED KIROV? by Amy Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Russian political imagination. (26 b&w photos, not seen)"
Reminding us that Americans do not hold the monopoly on conspiracy theories, Knight analyzes the dramatic events and repercussions surrounding the murder of Sergei Kirov. Read full book review >
WALKER EVANS by James R. Mellow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Well written, lively, and thoroughly documented, Mellow's biography is a fine contribution to American art and cultural history."
A superb biography of a photographer who, dead for a quarter of a century, still exerts a powerful influence. Read full book review >
LORCA by Leslie Stainton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Stainton, who has written widely for scholarly journals and other publications, has done a remarkable job of capturing the rich fullness of Lorca's short, brilliant life. (illustrations, not seen)"
A meticulously crafted, elegantly recounted biography of the renowned Spanish poet and playwright. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"There are 20 pages of chapter notes, but this biography is too good to be confused with literary criticism. Powers calls out 'mark twain' and leads us on Samuel Clemens's dangerous, poignant, and delightful voyage against the current."
An eloquent portrait of the American Renaissance's greatest writer as a young man. Powers is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of eight books. 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 >