Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

SWIMMING ACROSS by Andrew S. Grove
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

The self-portrait of a young man, now the CEO of Intel. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Admirably detailed, stunningly successful, and likely to become the definitive biography of the Kennedy marriage, with all the intimacy and international scope implied."
The famously private Mrs. Kennedy has met her match and is herein revealed—along with her husband and his administration—respectfully but thoroughly, by an author possessed. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2001

"Sheer charm."
Texas-born Hagman, the son of Mary Martin of Peter Pan fame, tells of his life, loves, and liver. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2001

"A quick and easy senior seminar taught by a quick and easy senior instructor, false attempts at grouchiness notwithstanding. It's amiable entertainment—it could not be otherwise—and fully anodyne."
Rounding 40 years since he first stood up to recount comical things, Dr. Cosby is the Cal Ripkin of standup. Just as regularly, no matter what, he suits up and delivers another slim volume of agreeable musings on matters of general interest (Love and Marriage, 1989; Childhood, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Not even the excellent reportage rescues this account from the status of an overinflated, albeit remarkable, feature from a Sunday magazine."
An extended burrow through the sands covering a Middle Eastern murder. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"An engrossing cultural narrative, riddled with bombastic prose."
A detailed biography of the Rolling Stones, emphasizing musical minutiae and salacious recollections. Read full book review >
GODDESS by Barbara Victor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Madonna is renowned for reinventing herself, and the author can't quite keep up. The overdetermined, central motif here—Madonna as Eva Perón—is already outdated."
Journalist Victor (The Lady, 1998, etc.) has clearly spent years conducting interviews and compiling quotes from secondary sources for her examination into the life of pop-goddess Madonna. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2001

"An engaging work that remains likable despite a certain preachiness and a good bit of schmaltz."
An insider's look at the lives of ten ultra-Orthodox women and how their religion permeates their daily routine. Read full book review >
THE ROOSEVELT COUSINS by Linda Donn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2001

"Not only a lively history of an extraordinary clan, but a perceptive analysis of the clash between loyalty and ambition in an epic family drama played out in the public eye. (110 illustrations)"
A readable and informative appraisal of the relationships among the Roosevelt cousins—close in the early years but increasingly strained by conflicting political ambitions and jealousies as FDR became the heir to TR's progressive political legacy. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL by Roy Jenkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2001

"While too many authors have chronicled Churchill's rich life for this to be considered truly definitive, Jenkins's inside perspective on British politics makes his work essential reading for those interested in Churchill's life and times. (32 pages b&w photos, maps)"
A thoughtful, comprehensive portrait of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's remarkable life. Read full book review >
GAUDÍ by Gijs van Hensbergen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2001

"Readers, then, should be reasonably well-acquainted with Gaudí's career before sampling this substantial but lumpy stew."
The first English-language biography of the great modern architect. Read full book review >
BEGINNINGS by Horton Foote
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2001

"Academics writing about Foote's life and work will have to slog through these unselective, self-indulgent memoirs; other, luckier souls can just say no."
A wearisomely folksy account of a young actor's apprenticeship in the 1930s. 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 >