Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Jenkins does a fine job of threading Cody's personal saga into the histories of the Wild West and world aviation, weaving a pleasingly reader-friendly narrative."
A rollicking, consistently surprising biography of an American cowboy who, in an unlikely turn of history, ended his life a hero of British aviation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A useful study, even for those who are not guilt-ridden."
A sometimes searing indictment of American racial practices. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The story of a truly American artist and his art are told in this well-researched and nicely presented volume. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A fine biography of the creator of bluegrass music. Read full book review >
HITLER, THE WAR AND THE POPE by Ronald J. Rychlak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Readers who are looking for an answer to Cornwell may find this book helpful; those who have followed the controversy about Pius XII will find little new here."
Ever since the appearance of Rolf Hochhuth's play The Deputy in 1963, the role of Pope Pius XII during the WWII has been a subject of heated controversy, a controversy that has intensified in recent years as the Vatican proceeds with the investigation that may eventually lead to his beatification. Rychlak (Law/Univ. of Mississippi) here presents a defense of the pontiff. Read full book review >
THE MISSIONARY AND THE LIBERTINE by Ian Buruma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Informative and entertaining perspectives on Asia."
In this scattershot collection, Buruma (Anglomania, 1999, etc.) examines a wide range of cultural, sensual, and destructive encounters between East and West and the gross, subtle, and sometimes violent ways in which Orient and Occident have misunderstood and changed each other. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Silby recognizes that while 'throwing like a girl' is no longer an insult, female athletics comes with its own set of unique challenges—and her study is a valuable attempt to rise to the challenge."
Sports psychologist Silby presents a comprehensive guidebook for parents of female athletes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"An insightful and entertaining collection."
Noted essayist and critic Crowther (Time, Newsweek, etc.), perhaps better known as novelist Lee Smith's husband, has gathered together over two dozen sparkling essays on all things Southern. Read full book review >
OUR MAN IN VIENNA by Richard Timothy Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Though the humor is sometimes strained, and the tone dated, the period charm and infectious goodwill more than compensate."
A genial successor to Our Man in Belize (1997) continues Conroy's deliciously unserious memoirs of life in the Foreign Service in 1960s Vienna, where suspected Russian spies apply for visas and the notorious mistress of mobster Bugsy Siegel asks for help. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A fine work of history. (maps, not seen)"
War still makes rattling good history, especially in the hands of a skilled storyteller like Gragg (Confederate Goliath, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A boon to all language lovers, as well as those specifically interested in the history of English writing and psycholinguistics—and perhaps a therapeutic and educational read for poor spellers as well."
Parade magazine columnist vos Savant takes the reader on an entertaining and illuminating journey into the confused world of English orthography. Read full book review >
THE CLOSE by Chloe Breyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A plodding, shallow account of a year in the Christian life."
Harvard grad and social activist Breyer's tale of her first year at an Episcopal seminary in New York City fails to illuminate. Read full book review >
ANOTHER BEAUTY by Adam Zagajewski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"An engaging, occasionally frustrating, but generally very satisfying notebook, filled with acutely observed moments both past and present."
A quirky, offbeat memoir-cum-journal from a leading Polish poet. 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 >