Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 982)

THE CAMERA MY MOTHER GAVE ME by Susanna Kaysen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"Disguised as plain, brown memoir, a voluptuous exploration of sexuality, aging, the failures of modern medicine, attempts at self-knowledge, and the meaning of pain."
A vagina dialogue: pithy, funny, adventurous, sexy, and eye-opening. Read full book review >
HOOP ROOTS by John Edgar Wideman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"A creative, rambling blend of memoir, fiction, and essay."
Novelist Wideman (The Cattle Killing, 1996, etc.) uses basketball as a doorway through which to glimpse black manhood. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"An engaging history, especially appropriate for travel enthusiasts."
An ardent, readable history, by British travel writer and biographer Botting (Gerald Durrell, 1999, etc.), traces the rise and fall (or self-immolation) of Zeppelin travel. Read full book review >
THE SWEET HELL INSIDE by Edward Ball
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"An illuminating chapter in the history of African-American family life, and in the American story generally."
A welcome sequel, of sorts, to Ball's well-received Slaves in the Family (1998). Read full book review >
SKY OF STONE by Homer Hickam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"This concluding volume has the feel of literary durability about it, even more than the much-ballyhooed Rocket Boys (1998)."
Hickam's third installment in his bestselling memoir (The Coalwood Way, 2000, etc.) about coal country West Virginia is, pleasingly, more leathery than the sentimental earlier material as he attains his college years and must return to Coalwood under difficult circumstances. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"No one sees films quite the way Field does. An engineer's report on film construction and the view of an original thinker worth appreciating."
The master teacher of screenplay writing charts his Alger-like rise in the film world and reveals himself to be a true Hollywood character. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"In the end, in an irony she would have appreciated, another biographer has mapped Dickinson's outer world without leaving adequate markers for her interior landscape."
A biography of the elusive Belle of Amherst (1830-86) that celebrates her imaginative witchery and triumph over adversity without penetrating her enigma. Read full book review >
HITLER AND THE HOLOCAUST by Robert S. Wistrich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"A solid addition to a vast literature."
A good general history that's also a relentlessly depressing example of a subject that can never make for light reading. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY HITS BELOW THE BELTWAY by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Dave Barry Is Still At It. Laughing will only encourage him—but that would be okay."
Dave Barry has written more than a score of funny books, a full 69% of them bearing the words "Dave Barry" in the title (Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998, etc.). Now, maintaining Dave Barry's high standards, Dave Barry turns political pundit, employing Dave Barry's firm grip on matters governmental as well as a lot of other foolishness. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"It's a fast line of patter, but, as Maron would say, it's only rock 'n' roll, man, only rock 'n' roll."
Billed as a bright light in the "alternative" branch of standup comedy, Maron has inflated his signature performance piece into a coming-of-age memoir. It's not exactly Everyman's story, but it might be Someanxiousjewishman's story. Read full book review >
STILL WATERS by Jennifer Lauck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"A perfectly pitched tale of survival and the courage to move on."
In this sequel to the acclaimed Blackbird (2000), Lauck continues her disquieting, provocative memoir of a struggle to survive family treachery, abuse, and tragedy. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS IN THE VAN by Beth J. Harpaz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2001

"Solid and worthwhile."
A detailed account of Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign, from an AP staff writer. 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 >