Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2000

"Outsiders will learn much about the art world's fast lane; insiders will smile—or smart—at Feigen's characterizations of them. (76 photos)"
An anecdotal, perversely entertaining, but sometimes disjointed memoir by the prominent art dealer and collector. Read full book review >
CIVIL WARRIORS by Dan Zegart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2000

"A glossary of the numerous characters coming in and out of the book could have aided the reader, however."
An account of the 30-year war waged by lawyers, scientists, whistle blowers, and health crusaders against the tobacco companies. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2000

"All but the most humorless progressive Ayatollahs should enjoy and take some moral correction from Stein."
A right-of-center, funny, seriously iconoclastic memoir aimed at the prevailing progressivism. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURIST by Robert Young Pelton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2000

"An interesting narrative killed off by its own bluster."
If an inflated ego and unbridled machismo were all it took to write well, Pelton (The World's Most Dangerous Places, not reviewed) would unseat Shakespeare. Read full book review >
BALTIMORE'S MANSION by Wayne Johnston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2000

"Johnston is a master of understatement wringing honest nostalgic emotion from simple declarative sentences. Here he offers a rich display of the rhetorical skills and heartfelt cultural recall that make his novels so enchanting and rewarding."
A beguiling combination of family history and autobiography, this first nonfiction work from Ontario novelist Johnston (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, 1999) forms a revealing appendage to his own fictional works. Read full book review >

COMING HOME TO JERUSALEM by Wendy Orange
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2000

"A desultory, episodic, and most unsatisfying peek at contemporary Israel."
A rather predictable Cook's Tour of the Holy Land. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2000

"Elizabeth was complex and her character often obscure. Her cult was a deliberate creation, says Strong, and his presentation is convincing, scholarly, and sophisticated. Knowledge of Latin helpful, but not essential. (91 b&w illustrations, seen)"
Among the manifold lessons history may teach is the skillful use of public relations—as used, for example, in the court of Elizabeth I. Read full book review >
SHARON TATE AND THE MANSON MURDERS by Greg King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2000

"Readers might wonder why King's account suddenly surfaces 31 years after the killings, but true-crime fans and Manson fetishists (you know who you are) will find it irresistible."
An oddly timed, incredibly detailed account of the most famous of the Manson Family's victims. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2000

"Should be considered and enjoyed by those in and out of the crime-fighting field."
A dramatic true-crime memoir by America's Most Wanted correspondent Boylan, who is renowned for "profiling" skills, which have resulted in uncanny sketches of notorious criminals (ranging from Polly Klaas's kidnapper to the Unabomber). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2000

"Henig not only achieves her goal of making Mendel come alive as a 'flawed but brilliant human being,' but provides a fascinating picture as well of a scientific age when luck and personalities—and not just brains—determined success."
A clear and engaging account of the life and times of the Moravian monk whose passion for numbers and painstaking work with pea plants laid the foundation for the modern science of genetics. Read full book review >
BERKELEY IN 90 MINUTES by Paul Strathern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2000

"Presumably intended for college students who can't be bothered to read primary sources, Strathern's quixotic portrait isn't likely to improve their grades—although it will certainly provide a laugh or two."
The very first sentence of this whimsical introduction to Irish philosopher Berkeley (1685-1753) gives away the game: Strathern (Foucault in 90 Minutes, see below) declares that Berkeley's work is "ludicrous" and "gives philosophy a bad name." Read full book review >
FOUCAULT IN 90 MINUTES by Paul Strathern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2000

"Readers will come away with enough fascinating vignettes to get them through two or three cocktail parties—which is probably more than most of them will require."
London-based writer Strathern (Berkeley in 90 Minutes, see above) offers a painless tongue-in-cheek introduction to French theorist Michel Foucault. 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 >