Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

THE MAN WHO BROKE NAPOLEON’S CODES by Mark Urban
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2002

"Galloping history, despite the misleading title. (7 maps; 8 pp. b&w photographs, not seen)"
A well-known BBC correspondent takes the career of Lt. Col. George Scovell, who cracked a complicated French cipher during the Peninsular Campaign of 1807-14, as an excuse to retell the rousing story of Wellington's sanguinary preparation for the great test of Waterloo. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2002

"The cry of a wounded creature ('I have a heart easily hurt') who cannot or will not let the wounds heal. They fuel her crusade."
A controversial author (Scapegoat, 2000, etc.) offers her bitter and sad reflections on life as a feminist. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2002

"Solid business-reporting skills, backed by wide access to key players, make this an especially useful case study for would-be China hands."
A speculative account of the electronic age that is dawning in China—one that, the author suggests, may soon bring both wealth and democracy to the world's most populous nation. Read full book review >
ELECTROBOY by Andy Behrman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 26, 2002

"Scattershot."
Debut memoir about art forgery, Lithium, Bloomingdale's, and electroshock therapy, among other things. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 19, 2002

"Still: Often wry, always witty—a fascinating glimpse of the Big Bang in folk music."
A member of an acclaimed Irish folk-singing group (The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem) creates a crisp, sprightly chronicle of his impoverished childhood and his rise to prominence during the hootenanny era of the late 1950s and early '60s. Read full book review >

BEFORE & AFTER by Thomas Beller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2002

"Brief and memorable epitomes of the urban encounter: a transporting collection."
Sixty vignettes of life in New York City both before and after the Twin Towers went south with its heart-breaking charge Read full book review >
THOUGHTS FROM A QUEEN-SIZED BED by Mimi Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2002

"A gentle, moving celebration of the quotidian."
Brief essays about an enduring marriage, motherhood, breast cancer, and aging. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2002

"Much fun in short takes."
A sequel, nearly 20 years later, to Heimel's Sex Tips for Girls (1983), in which the beleaguered humorist's sex life is not all that much better: she seems to prefer her pack of dogs, especially the late, angelic, beaglish Homer (tossed out of a car at a California strip mall in 1992 by a "a disgusting lump of putrid slime [and] scum-sucking pig") to over-attentive males who love her unconditionally, just like her mother, and sit on the edge of the bed each evening meticulously dissecting her every word and move that day in search of the slightest hint of betrayal. Read full book review >
BREAKING CLEAN by Judy Blunt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"Profound, and profoundly moving."
A memoir of growing up a cattleman's daughter in northeastern Montana in the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >
YOU GOT NOTHING COMING by Jimmy A. Lerner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"Despite its flaws, hard to put down, and harder to forget."
A jolting, unusual memoir from the ultimate fish out of water: a middle-aged MBA who pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Read full book review >
LINCOLN’S GREATEST SPEECH by Ronald C. White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"Well researched, wonderfully written, and at times extraordinarily moving. White's relatively small volume comes closer to finding the true spirit of Abraham Lincoln than many of the more celebrated biographies."
A thoughtful historical, cultural, and literary meditation on President Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural address. Read full book review >
LUMMOX by Mike Magnuson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2002

"A wild, unseemly, entertaining elegy that will appeal not just to lummox readers, related in street language that doesn't hide the talent."
Proletarian novelist Magnuson (The Fire Gospels, 1998, etc.) provides a memoir of his younger days around Menomonee Falls and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 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 >