Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

A ROSE FOR MRS. MINIVER by Michael Troyan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Expect no new revelations on film history or shocking discoveries about Garson's personal life; instead, veneration for a seemly star. (48 b&w photos, not seen)"
A sweet, contained view of Louis B. Mayer's favorite actress and Hollywood's icon of WWII fortitude. Read full book review >
JACK KEROUAC by Barry Miles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"One respects Miles only for admitting that huge amounts of Kerouac's work are wretched. (Author tour)"
A project for which there could scarcely be less demand: not just another telling of the numbingly well-documented life of Beat Generation warhorse Jack Kerouac, but one penned by the indefatigably irrelevant Beat crony Barry Miles. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Whatever kind of catharsis the diaries may supply to Germans, others will also read them gratefully. (First serial to the New Yorker)"
A classic (of two genres) finally translated into English. Read full book review >
HITLER by Fritz Redlich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Not an original thesis, but an articulate addition to the literature."
A study of Hitler's physical and psychological infirmities. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The latest definitive work on the marvelous Rothschilds, cogent and strong. (16 pages of photos, not seen)"
The fabulous history of a legendary family, reviled by many, lauded by many others, and fascinating to all, is told again, this time with encyclopedic exactitude. Read full book review >

WITH OSSIE AND RUBY by Ossie Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Fortunately, the emphasis falls on political involvement, not on sentiment. (32 b&w photos, not seen)(Author tour)"
It's political activism, and not the usual soft, show-biz patter, that mostly sustains this joint autobiography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Goodwin should resist her tendency to lose sight of the forest for the trees. (11 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A well-meaning biography, mired in detail. Read full book review >
THE ROOSEVELT WOMEN by Betty Boyd Caroli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 1998

"Great fun for Roosevelt buffs; filling in some gaps for those still unable to reconcile how the awkward, uncertain Eleanor became an international icon. (photos, not seen)"
It was ideas and ideals that drove the Roosevelt women, particularly those influenced by the genes of Georgia belle Mittie Bulloch, says the author in this curiously engrossing overview of the Roosevelt XX-factor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 1998

Forty years of an adventurous and loving marriage, recounted alternately by husband and wife, who occasionally seem to have lived on different planes but never lost touch. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1998

"This definitive biography is, like its subject matter, unabashed and eloquent, though too loquacious for casual readers."
A meticulously researched and original biography of the firebrand American abolitionist. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND HITLER by John Strawson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 1998

"An absorbing dual biography that makes an original contribution to the seemingly endless body of WWII literature and Churchilliana."
From a British major general and military historian, a thoughtful study of political leadership. Read full book review >
A DISTANT PROSPECT by Lord Berners
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1998

"The two volumes of memoir are marvelous together."
In this sequel to First Childhood (see p. 1246), Lord Berners looks back on his years at Eton with enough distance to forgive the indignities and recall the terrors with honesty and humor. 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 >