Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

IN FACT by Thomas Mallon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"Well-wrought work strongly seasoned with polemic."
A skilled fiction-writer and essayist trains his eye on contemporary writers. Read full book review >
MATTERS OF STATE by Philip Hamburger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Marvelous, gentle, uncynical, lyrical—everything that American politics itself is not."
More than 50 years' worth of reminiscences from a longtime political observer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Stunning."
One of the boldest contributions to the history of the Holocaust in the last decade. Read full book review >
KILLING DRAGONS by Fergus Fleming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A fine job: Fleming makes it clear that the climbers climbed for many reasons, but almost always returned with good stories to tell."
A diverting, popular history of the first men and women who scrambled among the Alps, from Time-Life editor and novelist Fleming (Barrow's Boys, p. 322). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A crude but vivid account of life beyond the bounds of decency."
In 1965 Sinclair killed a store clerk during a bungled robbery. He was subsequently imprisoned in what he describes as "America's worst prison system"—and this autobiographical account supports that description. Read full book review >

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 >
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 >