Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PANCHO VILLA by Friedrich Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"An important, well-written contribution to Mexican history."
The definitive biography of a Mexican revolutionary reckoned a monster by some, a hero by many more. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"If he ever writes a Sinatra book, it will be one to look for."
This collection of 18 essays (including a 1945 plea for racial harmony by Sinatra himself), 13 of them new, is a mixed bag of superb musical and technical insight, interesting cultural studies analysis, and pure blather. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The result is that, though the prejudice her family encountered was deplorable and undeserved, Agos°n's black-and-white portrayal makes the history of their difficulties ring hollow, the stuff of allegories and fairy tales, not real life. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
Using a series of brief, fragmented descriptions, Agos°n (who edited What Is Secret: Stories by Chilean Women, 1996, and other volumes) reconstructs the wanderings and difficulties of her family Agos°n's grandparents, a tailor and a cigarette-roller, began their travels at the beginning of this century when they fled Russia for Istanbul to escape anti-Jewish pogroms. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 1998

"Fanny's humor, warmth, and adventurous spirit are evident in all her writing, be it fiction or a thank-you note. (illustrations and photos, not seen)"
The title may smack of an Erica Jong novel, but this is a biography of the courageous and tender woman best remembered as mother of 19th-century novelist Anthony Trollope. Read full book review >
NIXON'S VIETNAM WAR by Jeffrey Kimball
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 1998

"Kimball puts Nixon's and Kissinger's Vietnam War maneuverings under a microscope and discovers a malignant cancer on the presidency. (History Book Club selection)"
A convincing, devastating deconstruction of Richard Nixon's and Henry Kissinger's Vietnam War policies that attempts to explode the "peace-with-honor" myth. Read full book review >

CHARLES KURALT'S AMERICAN MOMENTS by Charles Kuralt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 1998

"Just as hokey and sentimental as Kuralt's broadcasts, they will appeal to his many fans but won—t win many converts among the unbelievers."
An illustrated anthology of —American moments— from the late newsman and wanderer Kuralt (A Life on the Road, 1990; On the Road with Charles Kuralt, 1985). Read full book review >
MUSSOLINI by Jasper Ridley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 1998

"Still, though not without its flaws, this is a valuable introduction to Mussolini."
This new biography will refine our portrait of a 20th-century dictator. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 1998

"Gripping and convincing. (50 b&w photos, not seen) ($75,000 ad/promo; first printing of 100,000; author tour; TV satellite tour)"
Probably the last book on the Kennedy assassination you will need to read. Read full book review >
THE FIRST TIME by Cher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1998

"As an added bonus, one can open the book at almost any page and start right in—the perfect arrangement for hard-pressed readers. (32 pages color and b&w photos) (Television satellite tour)"
A collection of short, easily digestible anecdotes—of her first Rolling Stones concert, her first solo recording, her first wedding ceremony—told by Cher and committed to paper in a tone of talkiness that seems to come straight from the tape recorder. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"All of Christgau's considerable strengths and weaknesses are on display."
Village Voice rock critic Christgau finally achieves life between hardcovers (although the paperback original collections of his justly famous "Consumer Guide" columns have long been in print) with this wildly variegated assortment of profiles. Read full book review >
MY ONE GOOD NERVE by Ruby Dee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 1998

"As Oscar Wilde put it, 'A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.' (A joint memoir by Dee and her husband, Ossie Davis, will be published by William Morrow, also in November.) (b&w photos, not seen)"
With this painfully sincere collection of poems, stories, and character pieces, Ruby Dee joins the unhappy pantheon of actors, such as Jimmy Stewart and Leonard Nimoy, who have strayed disastrously into scribbling. Read full book review >
GLEN EDWARDS by Daniel Ford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1998

"Edwards's own words are skillfully interwoven with Ford's, offering a richly detailed account of postwar aviation—and the infant years of the military-industrial complex. (photos, not seen)"
The fascinating diary of the WWII bomber and postwar test pilot (after whom Edwards Air Force Base was named) placed into context by Ford, a contributing editor at Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine. 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 >