Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT by Eddie Fisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Now that's talent."
The teen idol, singer, former husband of Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Connie Stevens, father of actresses Carrie and Joely Fisher, pens a tell-all memoir with the help of celebrity profiler David Fisher (no relation and co-author with George Burns of All My Best Friends, 1989, among others). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

"This company history is too undecided, too transitory, and too thin, a victim of its subject's own short life span rather than any fault or omission of the author. (First printing of 75,000; $100,000 ad/promo)"
As fast as computer companies emerge from their initial public offerings, books are being created to tout their stories. Read full book review >

FINDING MY VOICE by Diane Rehm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1999

"An articulate and inspirational travelogue of one woman's remarkable journey. (8 pages photos) (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
A fetching, straightforward account of the struggles and successes of a respected radio personality. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"Larson captures his ignominy, and the storm in its fury. (Author tour)"
There is bad weather, and there are 100-year storms. Read full book review >
GLORIA STUART by Gloria Stuart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"Those who pick up this book will likely ask themselves a similar question. (Author tour)"
The elderly star of Titanic tells all—and then some. Read full book review >

THE MYSTERIOUS MISS MARIE CORELLI by Teresa Ransom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"The author has struggled to piece together fragmented historical material, for which Victorian scholars will be grateful. (12 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The biography of a turn-of-the-20th-century author whose now forgotten mystical and romantic novels were bestsellers in England and around the world until WWII. Read full book review >
FAITH OF MY FATHERS by John McCain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Impressive and inspiring, the story of a man touched and molded by fire who loved and served his country in a time of great trouble, suffering, and challenge. (Author tour)"
A candid, moving, and entertaining memoir by the US senator from Arizona and potential presidential candidate. Read full book review >
KINSHIP by Philippe Wamba
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The best book dealing with the African half of the compound African-American."
A strange, wonderful hybrid of memoir and history by a man who has periodically lived as an African and an African-American. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Nonetheless, one of the most revealing and chilling books to have emerged from the outstanding efforts of the Yale Annals of Communism Series. (42 illustrations)"
A further batch of remarkable documents from the archives of the Soviet Central Committee, including secret transcripts of their meetings, police reports, and even the last letters of Bukharin and Yezhov (the head of the NKVD during the Terror) before they were executed. Read full book review >
ALL SOULS by Michael Patrick MacDonald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A remarkable work. (Author tour)"
An incendiary, moving book that startles on nearly every page. Read full book review >
PAST FORGETTING by Jill Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"An intriguing but confusing view from inside the author's head that would be considerably improved by observations from the likes of Barbra and Erica about their now-forgetful friend."
A misty memoir of amnesia triggered by a swimming pool accident, and the slow, painful retrieval of memory. Read full book review >
PLACES LEFT UNFINISHED AT THE TIME OF CREATION by John Phillip Santos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Chicano studies."
A moving, intellectually powerful memoir of Mexican-American 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 >