Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

A WORLD TRANSFORMEDFirsthand Accounts of California Before the Gold RushPaddison, Joshua—Ed. Read full book review >
AGATHA CHRISTIE AND THE ELEVEN MISSING DAYS by Jared Cade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Ardent fans may be enthralled; she would be appalled. (31 b&w photos)"
A sympathetic biography of the celebrated mystery writer that focuses on her strange disappearance in 1926. Read full book review >

WHO KILLED KIROV? by Amy Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Russian political imagination. (26 b&w photos, not seen)"
Reminding us that Americans do not hold the monopoly on conspiracy theories, Knight analyzes the dramatic events and repercussions surrounding the murder of Sergei Kirov. Read full book review >
WALKER EVANS by James R. Mellow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Well written, lively, and thoroughly documented, Mellow's biography is a fine contribution to American art and cultural history."
A superb biography of a photographer who, dead for a quarter of a century, still exerts a powerful influence. Read full book review >
LORCA by Leslie Stainton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Stainton, who has written widely for scholarly journals and other publications, has done a remarkable job of capturing the rich fullness of Lorca's short, brilliant life. (illustrations, not seen)"
A meticulously crafted, elegantly recounted biography of the renowned Spanish poet and playwright. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"There are 20 pages of chapter notes, but this biography is too good to be confused with literary criticism. Powers calls out 'mark twain' and leads us on Samuel Clemens's dangerous, poignant, and delightful voyage against the current."
An eloquent portrait of the American Renaissance's greatest writer as a young man. Powers is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of eight books. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 1999

"A promising idea, but the book does not deliver. (8 pages b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Intermittently interesting tales from the presidential tapes. Read full book review >
THE BOY FROM THE TOWER OF THE MOON by Anwar Accawi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 1999

"Taken together, they sound so much alike that the exotic finally becomes mundane."
A colorful though repetitious memoir of life in a small Lebanese village just after the Second World War. Read full book review >
NAME-DROPPING by John Kenneth Galbraith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 1999

"But perhaps these will be part of Galbraith' s 32nd book."
In his 90th year, Galbraith has produced his 31st book: a slight but enjoyable remembrance of the great, and not-so-great, he has encountered in his adventures in politics. Read full book review >
BOUND BY HONOR by Bill Bonanno
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1999

"Given Bonanno's knowledge of hidden Mafia history, one wishes his literary handlers had been less hasty in rushing a flawed book into the mob-opera marketplace. ($100,000 ad/promo; TV rights to Showtime; author tour)"
The heir to legendary Mafia patriarch Joseph Bonanno describes the eclipse of a once-formidable criminal empire, with buffeting verbiage but only moderate amounts of candor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1999

"An engaging effort to explain lawyers and their ethical dilemmas to a skeptical popular audience. (Author tour)"
An examination of why lawyers act like slimeballs and what can be done about it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 1999

Where not to go on your summer vacation. 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 >