Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Readers with a serious interest in Cochise's life and times will prefer less self-conscious lives, such as Edwin Sweeney's Cochise and David Roberts's Once They Moved Like the Wind, to Aleshire's imaginative treatment."
A well-intentioned but unsatisfying life of the Apache warrior, "arguably the only Native American leader to actually win his war with the United States of America." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The happy ending is that Leakey is on the job, albeit less than sanguine: 'Kenya's politics are rough,' understates the man who has given his legs, after a suspicious plane crash, to the cause."
Combining his passion for Kenya and all that country's living creatures—poachers excepted—with a lucid, humanistic appreciation of what both need to survive, Leakey (The Sixth Extinction, 1995, etc.) offers a vision not just for the Kenyan Wildlife Service but for the nation as a whole. Read full book review >

WHILE THE LOCUST SLEPT by Peter Razor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pitched memoir."
A septuagenarian member of the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwa tells a harrowing tale of mistreatment and racial prejudice as he movingly recalls his years as a ward of the state and an indentured laborer in Minnesota during the 1930s. Read full book review >
VILLA AND ZAPATA by Frank McLynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"All in all, an amateurish entry in a literature already dominated by outstanding professional work."
Villa rides again, but this horse limps. Read full book review >
LAST DAYS OF GLORY by Tony Rennell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An admirable success at generating the sense of impending change that surrounded the death of Queen Victoria."
The final month of Queen Victoria's reign, told in minute detail and set square within the flux of fin-de-siècle Britain, from countryman Rennell. Read full book review >

HIS SONG by Elizabeth J. Rosenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Not likely to change anyone's opinion of Elton John's music, good or bad, but it will to far to lend a greater appreciation for the performer. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A comprehensive biography that traces the evolution of the pop star known as Elton John, examining both the man and the personality. Read full book review >
AN HONORABLE ESTATE by Jr. Rubin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An intelligent, thoughtful, and always companionable history of a lost era—and of one man's intellectual journey."
With his usual aplomb, plainness, and perception, Rubin (The Mockingbird in the Gum Tree, 1991, etc.) tells how and why it was that he never ended up devoting his life to journalism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A powerful, often haunting narrative of love in the worst of circumstances, though told with more art than is necessary or, perhaps, appropriate."
Scriptwriter and novelist Popescu (autobiography: The Return, 1997; Amazon Beaming, 1991) tells the romantic tale of his wife's parents—a potent story, extracted from their taped testimonies, of devotion in an unlikely setting. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN SENSES by Victor Villaseñor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A little of the incessant be-here-now grooviness can go a long way, though readers inclined to New Age sensibilities will find the ever-enthusiastic Villaseñor a pleasant and engaging companion."
Coherence takes a backseat to exuberant, purplish prose in this sprawling saga of a family's life in Mexico and the US, sequel to Rain of Gold (1991). Read full book review >
THE CEO OF THE SOFA by P.J. O’Rourke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Conservatively speaking, O'Rourke's current patchwork is not up to his previous entries. But as Dave Barry's goofy, evil twin, he's still funnier than Pat Buchanan or Arianna Huffington."
O'Rourke (Eat the Rich, 1998, etc.), sharpest of the right-wing comic writers—not a populous gang, to be sure—this time stays at home to deliver his caustic, frequently malevolent commentary. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Excellent, as is Halberstam's custom, and instructive for those seeking to understand geopolitical realities."
Another weighty tome from the noted journalist and historian, this one chronicling the sometimes confused, always complex junction of foreign policy and military might. Read full book review >
ALEXANDRA by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Once again, Erickson demonstrates her skill in limning a forceful royal who tried unsuccessfully to alter history and escape fate."
Russia's last empress receives compassionate but by no means uncritical treatment from biographer Erickson (Josephine: A Life of the Empress, 1999, etc.). 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 >