Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 1999

"The Cold War was a war, and Kramer is scarred, but few fought it with more honor, consistency, and moral passion."
An honest, unsparing, and often devastating analysis of how the intellectuals of the left—and for much of the last 70 years the term ‘intellectual' was almost synonymous with the left—dealt with the supreme moral conflict of our times, that between communism and democracy. Read full book review >
A GOOD ENOUGH DAUGHTER by Alix Kates Shulman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 1999

"Loving and accurate description of the author's rollover from dependent child to caretaker child, and of the parents who continued to fashion themselves in old age as they had throughout their lives. (b&w photos)"
A tender memoir about caring for her aging parents from an author better known for fiery feminism (Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, 1972, etc.). Read full book review >

FOR THE LOVE OF IT by Wayne Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"An inspiring exhortation to those who have yet to find passion in pastime. (7 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Veteran literary critic Booth (Univ. of Chicago; The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction, 1988) offers a heartfelt, though somewhat scattered, assertion of the value of avocation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Crashing the Net is best not for hockey diehards, but for the female reader or general sports fan looking for modern models of inspiration. (illustrations, not seen)"
An unapologetically feel-good human-interest look at the 1998 American winners of the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in women's ice hockey. Read full book review >
BACKBEAT by Tony Scherman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"While the discussions of rock's formative years make for interesting reading, Palmer's personal story does not, and this book will probably appeal most to rock history completists. (32 b&w photos)"
Music critic Scherman (editor, The Rock Musician, not reviewed, etc.) presents the story of drummer Earl Palmer, one of the foundational figures in rock, who witnessed the changes in race relations and the world of popular music from the vaudeville days to the present. Read full book review >

FAULT LINES by David Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

The transformation of South Africa from apartheid to democracy traced sometimes prosaically, sometimes astutely through the lives of eight representative South Africans. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"An eloquent book about attaining and teaching excellence, whose metaphor happens to be a high school running team. (Author tour)"
A lyrical, touching and true tale of a running coach mentoring her high school athletes to the finishing line of their potential. Read full book review >
THE MUTE'S SOLILOQUY by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"The chilling true story behind much of the acclaimed fiction of Toer."
A distinguished novelist's (The Buru Quartet: House of Glass, 1996, etc.) painful remembrances of the 14 years he spent in an Indonesian prison work camp. Read full book review >
NADIA, CAPTIVE OF HOPE by Fay Afaf Kanafani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"A moving narrative that passionately describes one Muslim woman's determination to lead a life of her own choosing."
A candid memoir from a Beirut-born Muslim woman who recounts the drama of her personal life against the backdrop of political violence and upheaval in the Middle East. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Although Gordon works hard to detach Minny and Fenimore from James's shadow, she can't quite unravel his strategies to keep his private life private. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sharply observed but ultimately frustrated view of the Master, as reflected through the lives of one woman who inspired his art and another who shared in his dedication to fiction. Read full book review >
BETTY FRIEDAN by Judith Hennessee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

67943203.599 Hennessee, Judith BETTY FRIEDAN An exhaustive, readable, forthright biography of the woman who, however truculent she may have been in both personal and political disputes, earned her way as one who launched the second-wave feminist revolution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"An important historical document, but not for general readers. (photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly researched but ultimately unreadable diary of a Civil War—era nurse and smuggler, edited by Conklin, a Gettysburg battlefield guide and lecturer on women in the Civil War. 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 >