Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

THIS CRAFT OF VERSE by Jorge Luis Borges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fascinating journey that weaves together the familiar and the unfamiliar in literature to cast old questions in a new light and supplement our understanding of a complex literary mind."
An elegant and deftly woven five-part lecture series that uses philosophic, etymological, and personal inquiry to offer an erudite and coherent exposition on the power and limitations of language with regard to the crafting of poetry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A flat account whose final aspiration ('[L]et the Holy Spirit fill the empty vessel') falls as heavily across the page as an unanswered prayer."
A sad chronicle of a failing marriage by a writer who finds hope and healing in nature and religion. Read full book review >

I LIKE BEING CATHOLIC by Michael Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Catholic readers should not expect an in-depth reaffirmation of their faith, but they may enjoy dipping into the memories and sentiments of those who share their religious heritage."
Simple and honest essays, recollections, and quotations on contemporary Catholic faith and culture in America today. Read full book review >
HIROHITO AND THE MAKING OF MODERN JAPAN by Herbert P. Bix
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A deeply satisfying immersion into modern Japanese history that also serves to warn against facile approaches to the machinery of states."
A lengthy exploration of the role of Emperor Hirohito in 20th-century Japanese politics that draws on an impressive array of fresh sources. Read full book review >
MOVE CLOSER by John Armstrong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A splendid, unhurried walk through the broad corridors of Western art. (38 b&w illustrations)"
Armstrong (Philosophy/Univ. of London) makes an impassioned argument for the utility of art and the means by which those alienated by aesthetics may approach painting, sculpture, and architecture. Read full book review >

PET PEEVES by George Plimpton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"For the pet-obsessed only."
This faintly amusing blend of Plimpton's ironic words and Koren's shaggy drawings purports to be a series of letters sent to a veterinarian who wrote a syndicated pet-advice column before his disappearance in 1998. Read full book review >
RACE WOMAN by Gerald Horne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Any woman who divorces her first husband simply by declaring him dead is at the very least intriguing: Horne takes on a difficult subject and does a serviceable job."
The journey of an itinerant activist, narrated by historian Horne (Fire This Time, not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A journey worth sharing: travel at its spare, energetic best. (photos, not seen)"
An observant seven-month trek down the High Road of the Inca Empire from solo adventurer Muller (Hitchhiking Vietnam, not reviewed). Read full book review >
MAVERICK HEART by Stephen J. May
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fine job: May's attentions may well inspire new interest in Grey's largely forgotten work."
A well-crafted biography of the western writer. Read full book review >
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE HOLOCAUST, 1930-1965 by Michael Phayer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fair and even-tempered account of a volatile subject. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
A well-reasoned but damning overview of the Vatican's response to Nazi atrocities during and after WWII. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Replete with quotable lines, a diatribe well-timed to bring heat but little light to this fall's campaign."
Another of Bovard's harangues against the power of the federal government, this time focusing primarily on the Clinton administration's domestic policies and programs. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Employing detailed research and compelling arguments, Bass offers timely and convincing evidence that international war tribunals provide a viable process by which human rights can be upheld throughout the international community."
An analysis of the politics underlying war-crimes tribunals—from the exile of Napoleon at St. Helena up to the indictment of Slobodan Milosevic for Serbian atrocities committed in Kosovo. 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 >