Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

MORGAN by Jean Strouse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Especially at a time when American wealth and monopoly again reign, this life of a notable dollar-diplomat is most welcome. (b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A superbly researched, well-written biography of a great—and, in the author's view, somewhat misrepresented—figure in American history. J. Pierpont Morgan's (1837—1913) every touch, it seemed, yielded pure gold. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Although a writer's autobiography is perhaps most likely to appeal to that writer's previous fans, anyone encountering Aldiss for the first time in this excellent book will almost certainly turn back happily to his extensive and varied catalog of work."
A richly rendered memoir by one of England's finest writers. Read full book review >

ROBERT FROST by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Parini's life magnificently details how Frost, through fortitude and lifelong dedication to craft, sought to heed his own advice to be whole again beyond confusion. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Parini, a poet (House of Days, 1998), biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995), and novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, 1998), delivers a sensitive life of Frost that highlights the poet's struggle to find light and stability in an existence filled with darkness and chaos. Read full book review >
I WAS A BETTER MOTHER BEFORE I HAD KIDS by Lori Borgman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"On the other hand, why spend 21 bucks on this uneven collection'subscribe to one of the newspapers that carries her column, and you'll get the day's news as well."
As touted by the publisher, another candidate to fill the hole left by the late Erma Bombeck. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"A good look at Vietnam's recent history through the lives of a middle-class family."
A sprawling attempt to chronicle a large Vietnamese family buffeted by French colonization, WWII, and the French and American wars. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"A charming, novelistic reflection on philosophy by a teacher and student of the elderly."
At a time when academic philosophy, grown technical and arcane in recent decades, is reaching for a wider audience, this book helps initiate what seems a natural dialogue between the wisdom of ancient texts and the wisdom of advanced years. Read full book review >
THE MARQUIS DE SADE by Neil Schaeffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"This life of Sade is a respectable biography, but not likely to stand out in the crowd."
Schaeffer (English/Brooklyn Coll.) is an unlucky fellow. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"This medical coming-of-age story is told with clarity, candor and grace and would make a fine graduation present for any pre-med student."
A medical student's thoughtful and revealing chronicle of growing into the white coat of a doctor under Harvard Medical School's New Pathway system, beginning with day one of orientation and ending with graduation four years later. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Both personally and professionally, Májozo exemplifies the trials and triumphs of the African-American woman."
An evocative and eventful memoir of a remarkable black woman who made the arts her life and her life an artwork. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF HISTORY by Howard Zinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"While many will be unable to swallow Zinn's enthusiastic Marxism, his humanity, honesty, and compassionate perspectives on our often brutal history and culture, and his dry humor, make these interviews thoughtful and compelling."
Here, in a series of scattershot interviews from 1989 to 1999 with Alternative Radio founder Barsamian, radical "peoples' historian" Zinn (professor emeritus at aBoston Univ.; Marx in Soho, p. 291 ; etc.) does his best to show that the relentless dialectic of history has survived the collapse of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1999

"A strictly academic study of Patton's generalship in one significant battle. (maps)"
A detailed analysis of one of the few WWII campaigns led by General George S. Patton that could be called a failure. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1999

"Oversweet at times, but thoughtful and well written."
Journalist Whitney (Whose Life? 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 >