Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1998

"This definitive biography is, like its subject matter, unabashed and eloquent, though too loquacious for casual readers."
A meticulously researched and original biography of the firebrand American abolitionist. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND HITLER by John Strawson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 1998

"An absorbing dual biography that makes an original contribution to the seemingly endless body of WWII literature and Churchilliana."
From a British major general and military historian, a thoughtful study of political leadership. Read full book review >

A DISTANT PROSPECT by Lord Berners
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1998

"The two volumes of memoir are marvelous together."
In this sequel to First Childhood (see p. 1246), Lord Berners looks back on his years at Eton with enough distance to forgive the indignities and recall the terrors with honesty and humor. Read full book review >
RUNNING NORTH by Ann Mariah Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 1998

"That very real accomplishment is not quite enough to fuel this book, which lacks the punch of other recent adventure-travel titles set in the north country. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
Another entry in the vast how-I-survived-an-Alaskan-winter literature. Read full book review >
FOR LAUGHING OUT LOUD by Ed McMahon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 1998

The ubiquitous TV emcee (his occupation: —personality—) presents a prototypical show-biz autobiography with the significant help of a seasoned amanuensis (All My Best Friends, with George Burns, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 1998

"A well-edited set of documents that will be uniquely invaluable to students of Beckett's works and of the American theater. (21 line illustrations, not seen)"
The great playwright exchanges letters with his favorite American stage director. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"Intriguing tidbits throughout make the book worth reading, but the parts are stronger than the whole."
A confusing array of snapshots of women from the history of the Western hemisphere. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 1998

"The lesson less practiced polar explorers might take away is: stay home and read this book."
A classic of outdoor adventure that, although a little dry by today's post-Krakauer standards, remains powerful. Read full book review >
SHELTER by Bobby Burns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 1998

"Burns is to be commended for hanging tough and pulling through, but these recollections contribute little more than a menu- by-menu tableau of life in a shelter."
paper 0-8165-1862-9 A Filofax view of 41 days in a homeless shelter. Read full book review >
COLE PORTER by William McBrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"McBrien obviously appreciates and loves his subject, but his book lacks two things needed to convey Porter's essence: wit and rue. (72 illustrations, not seen)"
A comprehensive biography that ultimately seems rather like a 400-page Cole Porter song list. Read full book review >
NORTH OF NAPLES, SOUTH OF ROME by Paolo Tullio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"A winsome visit to a part of Italy 'off the beaten path.'"
A light and engaging visit to an Italian mountain valley town. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"As for Naipaul: 'Never give anyone a second chance.'"
The detailed story of a long, top-heavy friendship that took a sudden nosedive, from novelist and travel writer Theroux (Kowloon Tong, 1997, etc.). 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 >