Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 982)

PASSIONATE NOMAD by Jane Fletcher Geniesse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A worthwhile, stylish, and thoroughly researched biography of a fascinatingly complex, often exasperating woman. (b&w photos, maps, not seen)"
Former New York Times reporter Geniesse offers an excellent, psychologically astute chronicle of the adventurous life of Dame Freya Stark (1893—1993), who became a female Lawrence of Arabia. Read full book review >
GONE BOY by Gregory Gibson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This book should be seriously considered by education professionals, as well as by violence survivors who might benefit from Gibson's singular odyssey."
A father transforms the attempt to fathom his son's senseless murder into a complex, surprising account of memory and discovery amid dark American corners of insanity, gun violence, and malfeasance. Read full book review >

A POSITIVELY FINAL APPEARANCE by Alec Guinness
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"At its worst quotidian, at its best high art, from an actor who has earned the name of writer."
The retired actor muses with humble precision on the little details of his life; the results are sometimes mundane, often witty, and occasionally transcendent. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Hartman cultivates the form of the literary essay with great intellectual integrity, raising important questions along the way."
A celebrated professor of literature and criticism presents a representative gathering of his work, some of the pieces previously uncollected. Read full book review >
VINCENT PRICE by Victoria Price
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"These are the things readers want to know about in detail, not the run-down on the cast of Laura. (32 pages b&w photos)"
Although she gives a thoughtful and detailed recounting of Vincent Price's career, his daughter sticks too closely to the facts to make this biography anything special—a disappointment, considering the potential. Read full book review >

AN UNDERGROUND LIFE by Gad Beck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Beck is apparently at work on a sequel that takes him from the end of the war up to the present; it's a book to look forward to."
Beck, director of Berlin's Jewish Adult Education Center, recalls his youth and his work in the anti-Nazi resistance under most unusual circumstances. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Hunters and fishers will weep with envy at Perkins's life, and those who don't may well be tempted to try them as he writes of these pursuits with humility and genuine relish. (photos, not seen) (First printing of 75,000; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Perkins, former CEO of Orvis, has never had a bad day fly fishing or bird hunting, nor many selling the sports and their accouterments to the public, as reported in this memoir written with sporting journalist and Forbes FYI contributor Norman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A good true-crime story, with far-reaching implications. (12 b&w photos, not seen)"
Freeman's first book has a subtitle calculated to bring readers up short. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A searching scholarly study of one of the great American dilemmas. (60 photos, 3 maps)"
Returning to his interest in the native tribes (The Long Bitter Trail: Andrew Jackson and the Indians, 1993, etc.), Bancroft Prize—winning historian Wallace gives us a book that immediately becomes the best among very few other studies of its subject. Read full book review >
LINCOLN ON LINCOLN by Paul M. Zall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A collection that casts a strong light, but so much of it falls behind the president that shadows obscure his face—and much of his character."
Excerpts from Lincoln's autobiographical writings, some quite brief, selected, edited, and annotated by Zall, a senior researcher at the Huntington Library. Read full book review >
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by John James Audubon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

As recently as a hundred years ago, in a more assured age than this, the enduring importance of a literary career could be measured by whether an edition of an author's collected works was issued. Bound in calfskin for the wealthy bibliophile, in a more modest cloth of some subdued hue for the less well-to-do, these sets made several statements about an age. They suggested that readers could most appreciate writers by knowing the entirety of their work and not simply one or two particularly flashy efforts. And those ranks of volumes, filling the shelves of home libraries, further showed that it was possible for individuals to possess much of the best work by the best minds. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The dark thread that underlies the mostly frivolous tales keeps this book on a par with his most successful novels."
From the scrapbooks of the fashionable novelist and magazine writer, a surprisingly forthright memoir that chronicles in snapshots and words decades of earthly delight in Hollywood, months of contrition, and a penitent return to rewarding work. 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 >