Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV by Sergei N. Khrushchev
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A fascinating portrait of a man of immense vitality, a fervent Communist, convinced that the Soviet Union would surpass the US, and the process by which he began subconsciously to understand that the system itself did not work."
A filial but revealing semi-biography of Nikita Khrushchev by his son, now at the Institute for International Studies at Brown. Read full book review >
YELTSIN by Leon Aron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"In richness of information, analysis, and judgment, Aron illuminates not only a great man but a supremely critical period of Russian history."
If Russia, in Churchill's words, is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, this splendid biography by Aron (Russian Studies/American Enterprise Institute) does much to unwrap the mystery of one of Russia's most enigmatic statesmen. Read full book review >

WOODROW WILSON by Louis Auchincloss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Its keen characters shrewdly quoted, this taut, fair presentation leaves the reader entertained by an informed storyteller, and informed by an entertaining historian. (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selection)"
Fleet narrative and clear-eyed psychology put our 28th president's flawed administration (1913-21) into personal and global perspective. Read full book review >
GET HAPPY by Gerald Clarke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Don't, however, expect it to convey her magic: listen to her Carnegie Hall album in the dark for that. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Apr. 2000 ISBN: A corker of a biography that reveals Judy Garland as a peerless artist careening wildly through a life that could have ended even sooner than it did. Read full book review >
TOWER by Bill Henderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Henderson may meander a bit, but his search for fulfillment and a renewed outlook on life lands on solid and fertile ground. (10 b&w illustrations)"
Pushcart Press founder and publisher Henderson (Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club, 1996, etc.) discovers the "utter joy of building" and shares his quest for grace, bargain lumber, and something to call God in this part-memoir, part-how-to labor of love. Read full book review >

CITIZEN COORS by Dan Baum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Although the narrative is occasionally plodding, Baum's history is incendiary, providing fuel for many a political fire."
An anecdotal history tracing the fortunes of the American brewing family known as much for its right-wing politics as for its suds, written by former Wall Street Journal reporter Baum (Smoke and Mirrors, 1996). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A difficult subject, endowed with enough drama, irony, and political perception to match its importance."
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist FitzGerald (Cities on a Hill, 1986, etc.) mixes comprehensive detail and tart observation in this account of high-tech meeting high-touch—the promotion of the Strategic Defensive Initiative (SDI) by Ronald Reagan. Read full book review >
FULL OF LIFE by Stephen Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A spirited, scholarly portrait of a man who wrestled with merciless demons and emerged victorious. (17 b&w photos)"
A comprehensive and compassionate biography of novelist-screenwriter Fante (1909-83), whose once-forgotten fiction and largely forgettable screenplays are enjoying a renaissance. Read full book review >
JOAN OF ARC by Mary Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A bold 'biographical meditation' that persuades the skeptic to meditate on the inexplicable something Joan made happen, and keeps on happening, to this day. (First serial to Commonweal; author tour)"
Illiterate adolescent peasant girl, prompted by inner voices, turns knight-redeemer of her country—temporarily. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"In short, the internal psychological dynamics of Nazism deserve a more nuanced, historically grounded treatment that is provided here."
A useful introduction to the roots of Hitler's ideas concerning the Jews and the German people, combined with a reductionist analysis of the psychology of the F?hrer and the German masses. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"It is not necessary to be an environmental activist to find this a compelling portrait of a young woman of remarkable fortitude and dedication. (40 b&w photographs, not seen)"
A charged first-person account by an ardent environmental activist whose long-term occupation of a giant redwood tree focused public attention on the cutting of old-growth redwood forests in northern California. Read full book review >
ALMA ROSÉ by Richard Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"This well-researched and highly readable biography provides a moving account of one woman's confrontation with the greatest horrors of the war. (60 photos)"
The Holocaust account of Gustav Mahler's niece, who went from being the musical heiress of Europe to conducting a women's orchestra at Auschwitz. 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 >