Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2001

"A nice job: Like all good sports narratives, this is more about meeting challenges than winning titles."
An evocative account by New York Times reporter Johnson of his participation in the grueling Badwater Ultramarathon, describing the race itself and his reasons for running it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2001

"Strange how an investigation of the Master of Suspense and his world can be so humdrum, but closing with four term papers will accomplish just that. (16 pages b&w photos)"
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Dial "T" for Tedium. Read full book review >

A PLACE TO STAND by Jimmy Santiago Baca
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2001

"A brutally unflinching look back at a dead-end youth that became a crucible for vivid and vital art."
A mercifully brief memoir of the Pushcart Prize- and American Book Award-winning Hispanic poet's criminal past, and his agonizingly slow discovery of the redemptive power of writing while serving a prison term. Read full book review >
TIGER’S EYE by Inga Clendinnen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2001

"A touching insight into how we build our sense of self."
A hypnotizing memoir exploring depths of severe illness, identity, and memory itself. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2001

"A broader array of semi-clad men—and a sharper focus—would have done Kasson and the reader a world of good. (80 b&w photos and illustrations)"
Men in loincloths and the crisis of modernity! What's a turn-of-the-century boy to do? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2001

"A tale of resourcefulness outside the death camps—and another worthy addition to the still burgeoning literature of the Holocaust. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Hungarian lawyer Soros (father of financier George Soros) describes the endurance of the Jews in wartime Budapest in his memoir (which was first published—in Esperanto—in 1965). Read full book review >
RED SORROW by Nanchu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2001

"An unusual and worthwhile account. (8 b&w photos, not seen)"
A redolent memoir of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), and of its pervasive social and personal aftereffects. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN BLUES by Phil Pastras
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2001

"A well-written contribution to jazz history, and fine tribute to Morton's life and work."
A smart and engaging exploration of an inventive jazzman's lost years. Read full book review >
SIMONE WEIL by Francine du Plessix Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2001

"A superbly nuanced portrait of a tortured character."
A lucid portrait of the enigmatic French writer and mystic. Read full book review >
THE PRAIRIE IN HER EYES by Ann Daum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2001

"A stifling and heartless tale: Daum isn't sorry to see the demise of her childhood way of life, but she cannot adequately make clear the reasons for her continued attachment to the site of all that misery."
A grim tale purporting to explain the pull of a place (the ranchland of South Dakota) that succeeds mainly in making those lucky readers who have never lived in that high dry country feel luckier still. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2001

"Catholics and spiritual seekers of a liberal bent, however, will find Beck's opinions refreshing and well stated."
Episodes, told both annoyingly and effectively, along one man's road to Damascus. Read full book review >
SAVAGE by Nick Hazlewood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2001

"An intriguing account of Button's troubled life, told with skill and grace."
Imaginative reconstruction of a lost but strangely influential episode in the history of British colonialism. 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 >