Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

EUGENE O'NEILL by Stephen A. Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"O'Neill proves a fascinating, if morbid, traveling companion, and Black a capable and erudite cicerone. (40 illus.)"
Mourning may become Electra, but it served equally well for O'Neill, who, as Black (English/Simon Fraser Univ.) contends in this massive biography, worked through his personal tragedies by recasting them for the stage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Alternatively dry and gripping, with disorienting globe-hopping crosscuts—a science history whose subjects are motivated equally by daft heroism, back-biting egotism, and lonely, frequently despairing moments of insight."
Thrilling scenes of arctic winter animate an episodic examination of how 19th-century scientists slowly used circumstantial evidence to conceive of a distant Ice Age. Read full book review >

MARK TWAIN, A LITERARY LIFE by Everett Emerson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A useful addition to Twain scholarship—one that may inspire many to reread the Inimitable himself."
Mark Twain considered his writing the key feature of his life; this new biography takes him at his word. Read full book review >
AND THE SEA IS NEVER FULL by Elie Wiesel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"He is not always right - but the many times he is make the book worthwhile. (16 pages photos)"
Nobel Prize-winner Wiesel (All Rivers Run to the Sea, 1996, etc.) concludes his memoirs in his characteristically engaging and conversational tone. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"In essence, a predictably superficial superstar bio—Cher at the turn of the century, as it were. (42 b&w, 8 color illustrations)"
She strolled Venice's Piazza San Marco clad only in a fur cloak, escorted by pet cheetahs on jeweled leashes; she adorned herself with snakes, live and stuffed, and accessorized an evening costume with chicken blood. Read full book review >

CRUX by James Dickey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1999

"In disagreement with Auden, Dickey writes, 'Poetry makes plenty happen; it can change your life,' as this passionate and ornery epistolary collection proves."
Indefatigable literary estate agent Bruccoli (English/Univ. Read full book review >
THE LONGEST SILENCE by Thomas McGuane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1999

"It's a daring head, too, audacious and unrepentant and wild for the type of experience you could write about."
An outlaw spirit moves through these fish stories. Read full book review >
CHOSEN BY GOD by Joshua Hammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1999

"Hammer's achievement in this first book is to render a deft, well-written of his brother's ultrapietistic life with a fine balance of journalistic objectivity and the nuanced understanding of a man whose struggle to know his brother has made him something of an 'insider.'"
A deeply affecting family memoir about the author's brother, who, within a matter of months, changed from a kind of hippie lost soul in Jerusalem to a baal teshuva (literally, "master of repentance")—a newly pious Jew. Read full book review >
THE WAR JOURNAL OF MAJOR DAMON ``ROCKY'' GAUSE by Damon ``Rocky'' Gause
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1999

"A movie is planned. (Author tour)"
An American pilot's remarkable diary, copied in a small notebook hidden in a footlocker for over 50 years, records his amazing escape from the notorious March of Death ordeal inflicted by Japanese soldiers on American and Filipino POW's and his further dangerous adventures during the last days of Bataan and Corregidor in the 1942 Philippines. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"It is a call for boldness and courage in public life, written with a passion the authors find so missing in Clinton."
Pulitzer-winning historian Burns (Univ. of Maryland; Government by the People, 1997, etc.) and political scientist Sorenson (Williams Coll.) offer a dyspeptic deconstruction of the Clinton presidency. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1999

"It is an extraordinary tale of the unique commercial underwriters of European history, told with impressive scholarship."
Once upon a time, the Rothschilds were the wealthiest people on earth. Read full book review >
JOHN GLENN by John Glenn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1999

"Despite the simple, even pedestrian writing, Glenn's story of how he became a throwback to the heroic age of discovery is enduringly thrilling. (16 pages b&w photographs, not seen) (Book-of- the-Month Club Main Selection)"
Mr. Smith goes to NASA, then Washington, then NASA again. 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 >