Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fascinating exploration of post-colonialism as seen through the eyes of its progenitor."
A compilation of 35 years' worth of critical essays from one of the boldest and most articulate cultural theorists alive today. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2001

"An extraordinary real-life adventure of men battling the elements and themselves, told with ice-cold precision."
The first American expedition to the North Pole provides a chilling twist on the true-crime genre in this historical detective story by novelist Parry (That Fateful Lighting, not reviewed). Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 26, 2001

"Well-paced and good-humored: a page-turner."
A collection of vivid, engaging profiles written over the past decade by New Yorker staff writer Orlean (The Orchid Thief, 1999). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 25, 2001

"Studded with insights and with prose as elegant as that in either writer's fiction, these letters delineate an epistolary friendship that makes 84 Charing Cross Road look dull."
The correspondence of New Yorker editor William Maxwell and poet, short-story writer, and novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 24, 2001

"An exceptional piece of music history that will be as mightily thumbed by fans of Ambient music as the Physician's Desk Reference is by hypochondriacs. (b&w photos)"
Music journalist Prendergast all but trips over himself in a rush to deliver his views on Ambient music in this vast and cogent treatment of the sound that changed the way we experience music. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 23, 2001

"Although not without some novel conceits, this seems to lose its main focus early on and sinks like an ill-made vessel in the ocean of its own verbiage."
This slight compendium charts the most significant nautical journeys of ancient world, providing some modern insights into their navigational techniques and offering up a hodgepodge of mythological explication to keep the text afloat. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 2001

"A mostly cheerless account presenting a bleak view of the Dark Continent's present and future. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
The anguished recollections of a former African big game hunter mourning the loss of his world. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 2001

"A solid argument to extend the nation's present prosperity to the lowest echelons, as Robert Kennedy urged three decades ago."
A liberal defense of the welfare state, and a plea for renewed compassion in an evidently heartless time. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 18, 2001

"Physicists will be bolstered by Lindley's bottom line: Like Boltzmann, theorizing is okay. Science buffs may need to have references at hand, however, to refresh their memories on the principles of thermodynamics and kinetic energy."
A tribute to the 19th-century Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann, whose early work "laid the groundwork" for quantum and chaos theory. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"Not enough style or humor to keep the pages turning: the author brings so many touristy preconceptions to the plate (one tires early on of descriptions of 'hanky-headed' olive growers and their quaint, local customs) that it is hard to see whether she fell in love with a country or an ideal."
Two English sisters play peasants in the Ligurian countryside in Italy: one describes their adventure here, clearly hoping to do for the tiny village of Diano San Pietro (and for herself), what Peter Mayle did for Provence. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism, guaranteed to put you off your lunch."
A tale full of sound, fury, and popping grease. Read full book review >
BURYING CAESAR by Graham Stewart
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"A revealing, highly useful look into modern European history."
A spirited account of English politics in the 1930s, a decade marked by infighting and intrigue. 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 >