Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

GROOVY BOB by Harriet Vyner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Spontaneous and emotive, this biography works like a Seurat painting, a welter of fast dabs that fuse into a mesmeric picture. (50 b&w photographs)"
In what amounts to an oral history of Groovy Bob by his friends, documentarian Vyner knits hundreds of interview snippets into an engaging portrait of the 1960s eminence. Read full book review >
SAMUEL PEPYS by Stephen Coote
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"With skill, humor, and sound scholarship, Coote drags into the foreground a man whom history has carelessly consigned to the background."
A sturdy and occasionally stirring biography of the Restoration bureaucrat and celebrated diarist Pepys (1633-1703). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers looking for casual, innocent fun will find here a pleasant enough weekend in the country."
A city mouse, journalist by profession, is led by his smarter spouse to the country to escape the urban trap. Read full book review >
MARTIN FROBISHER by James McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Intriguing if long-winded. (4 b&w maps and charts)"
The first major biography of the early English explorer since William McFee's widely purchased 1928 Life of Sir Martin Frobisher. Read full book review >
PHILIP V OF SPAIN by Henry Kamen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A fresh history that profits from its psychological insights."
A biography of a manic-depressive, but surprisingly successful, king. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"An uplifting saga that offers an engrossing eyewitness view of Russian history and makes a valuable contribution to slave literature. (3 maps; 25 illustrations)"
The memoirs of a former serf from early-19th-century Russia who writes poignantly of his fight for freedom. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A valuable revisionist look at one of the key figures of modern American music."
Scottish music critic Tingen examines the controversial second half of Miles Davis's career, when he performed with electric bands. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Proponents of an activist central government will find intellectual comfort in these pages—but they will give anti-federalists fits."
A novel consideration of American history offers a fresh view of a foundational document. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A little late to take advantage of this year's festivities, but readers with an interest in presidential history will find it worthwhile."
White House fun-facts-compiler Boller (Presidential Anecdotes, not reviewed) provides an entertaining catalogue of material about a president's happiest day. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A thoughtful and fascinating account."
A well-crafted study of the treatment of the disabled in early American society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Polsgrove raises a blunt, uncomfortable question: Why did so many bright, educated people fail the principal moral test of contemporary American history?"
A vivid, evocative assessment of the activities (and inactivities) of intellectuals—black and white—during the most volatile years (1953-65) of the US civil-rights struggle. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A deeply personal American story and a valuable contribution to the study of race in our culture."
A clear-eyed account of a young black man's search for his white ancestors. 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 >