Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

POISON by Gail Bell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2002

"Messy, morbid, and entertaining."
An Australian pharmacist debuts with a lively, if disorganized, story of poisonous death in her family framed within an informal history of toxic substances. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Following several attempts at a reunion, the band died with Van Zant and three other band members in a plane crash in 1977, an accident handled with tact here and easily the most disturbing and electrifying part of this tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd. (Photographs)"
One for the fans as Odom, security manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd and longtime buddy of lead man Ronnie Van Zant, chronicles the boozy ascent and abrupt crash of the hugely popular band. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Powerful, evenhanded, thoroughly edifying."
An illuminating portrait, by a first-class investigative journalist, of the half-century-long civil war that has divided Cuban against itself. Read full book review >
AMBUSHED by Ian Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2002

"Dramatic and impressive, calling into question the voyeuristic war reporting of media conglomerates."
Well-executed, troubling account of a foreign correspondent's addiction to combat zones. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"Tandem voyages taken 200 years apart: filled with history and alive with contrasts."
Pulitzer-winning journalist and travel-writer Horwitz (Confederates in the Attic, 1998, etc.), dogging the wake of Captain Cook, discerningly braids Cook's long-ago perceptions with his own present-day inquiries into the lands the Captain encountered. Read full book review >

FAITH IN TIME by David  Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"An invaluable life narrative of a key jazz stylist that raises disturbing questions about the shabby treatment accorded Scott's musical generation."
The moving, startling tale of a near-forgotten jazz master's return from oblivion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Spirited and engaging, even for those who don't have a yen to undulate."
A vigorous, funny account of the effects of blighted romance cured, sort of, by a course in belly dancing. Read full book review >
STRANGER ON A TRAIN by Jenny Diski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Wry, graceful commentary on the oddity of the human condition."
A British writer in search of solitude takes two epic train journeys across the US, only to find herself inexorably drawn into a community of strangers. Read full book review >
NEWTON by Patricia Fara
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Nothing seems beyond Fara's grasp in her scholarly examination of apples and alchemy, physics and fame, public relations and reputation. (41 illustrations)"
Fascinating if sometimes dense study describing how Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) came to be regarded as the world's first scientific genius. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The discoveries that compelled their change of heart lend surprising twists to the narrative—one likely to be of great interest to students of Cold War history and true crime."
A former FBI agent and his coauthor spouse revisit a bungled, long-forgotten spy case and turn up the smoking gun. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Compelling, clear-eyed examination of Scott's actions and larger notions of what makes a hero."
Better known today for his books of film biography, history, and criticism (Rosebud, 1996, etc.), Thomson initially came to attention in his native Britain with this vivid 1977 analysis of the great race to the South Pole and the character of the men who led the efforts. Read full book review >
ZORA NEALE HURSTON by Carla Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A valuable resource for students of Hurston's work, and a mine for future research."
Revealing selection of letters by the renowned folklorist, novelist, and essayist, capably edited by Kaplan (English/USC). 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 >