Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

HALLS OF FAME by John D’Agata
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Full of promise but mired in problems, D'Agata doesn't make the cut."
A collection of essays from a new writer who spurns traditional narrative. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A solid addition to the annals of true crime—and punishment."
The Mississippi assistant district attorney who prosecuted a 26-year-old murder case debuts with an absorbing tale of murder, hatemongering, and long-overdue justice. Read full book review >

LECTURES ON SHAKESPEARE by W.H. Auden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Overcoming the temptation to create his own Shakespeare, Auden penetrates to the very core of Shakespeare's originality, expressing himself in crystalline analytical prose."
Lectures on Shakespeare delivered by British poet and critic Auden in 1946 at the New School for Social Research in New York, carefully reconstructed by Kirsch from students' notes. Read full book review >
AMERICA, ITS JEWS AND THE RISE OF NAZISM by Gulie Ne’eman Arad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"An excellent reference for an increasingly popular field."
Arad joins other significant Holocaust historians, such as David Wyman and Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, but her aims are somewhat different. Read full book review >
CLASSIC COUNTRY by Charles K. Wolfe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Many of these pioneering artists died in relative obscurity, but Wolfe goes a good ways toward reviving their legacies. (47 b&w photos)"
Profiles of influential but largely forgotten country music artists. Read full book review >

HITLER’S HENCHMEN by Guido Knopp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A well-documented and disturbing look into the mind's eye of the willing executioners of their Führer's 'divine vision.'"
In six separate sketches, German journalist Knopp (German Unity, not reviewed) explores the relationship that Goebbels, Göring, Himmler, Hess, Speer, and Dönitz had with Hitler. Read full book review >
PINOCHET AND ME by Marc Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A powerful page-turner—its only flaw is its brevity."
A thrilling yet heartrending account of an American journalist's experiences in Chile from the rise of Allende to the trial of Pinochet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Patterson guides us with consummate skill through a hall of social heroes populated by courageous parents and students, tireless attorneys, and resolute judges. (39 b&w photos; 1 map, not seen)"
A prize-winning historian (Grand Expectations, not reviewed) revisits the 1954 school-desegregation decision and traces its effects on American social history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Initially solid case study of American business degenerates into a vanity publication."
A fawning biography of the restaurateur who brought glitzy haute cuisine to New York. Read full book review >
SALAMANCA, 1812 by Rory Muir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"While Muir presents his reconstruction in too much detail to hold a general history reader's attention, students and enthusiasts of Napoleonic warfare will feast on the thoroughness of his research and the accuracy of his scholarship. (20 detailed battle maps)"
Detailed history of the 1812 battle at Salamanca, Spain, where Lord Wellington proved his tactical virtuosity by defeating French forces under the command of Marshal Marmont. Read full book review >
THE SISTERS by Mary S. Lovell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Many empty calories in this airy confection. (16 pages b&w photographs, not seen)"
In prose so light that sentences nearly float up from the page, Lovell (A Rage to Live, 1998, etc.) chases the Mitford sisters (Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah) hither and yon, from mansion to prison, from Hitler's hideaway to the top of the bestseller lists. Read full book review >
THEM by Jon Ronson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Ronson's eye for the telling detail and his gift for capturing hilarious dialogue make this an entertaining read, but laughs aside, this is serious and thought-provoking stuff, and likely to nettle left, right, and some in the middle too."
A picaresque journey into the wonderland of delusional fanatics, often scary, yet wildly funny. 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 >