Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 982)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2000

"A gripping chronicle of an epic voyage of hardship and survival that deserves to be as well known now as it once was. (16 pages b&w illustrations) (First serial rights to Vanity Fair; author tour)"
A vivid account of a 19th-century maritime disaster that engaged the popular imagination of the time with its horrors of castaways and cannibalism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2000

"The Stork Club thrived based on the rule of more rather than less, yet the secret of Billingsley's success eludes Blumenthal in the end. (75 b&w photos) (TV/radio satellite tour)"
A comprehensive, anecdote-laden history of the rise and fall of a man and his gin-mill-cum-glamour-machine. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2000

"A guarded, and frequently routine, presentation of a life that might receive a more searching treatment after it ends."
Financial Times literary editor Dalley presents this detailed portrait of the charming and elusive Lady Diana Mosley—highborn society beauty, writer, and fascist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2000

"Friendly teasing of the mandarins of the Information Age—infectiously funny, but seldom getting under the skin or drawing blood. (First serial to Newsweek)"
A lighthearted morphology that traces the evolution, mating rituals, and nervous system of a new group of social animals: the bourgeois bohemians ("Bobos") who arose from the affluent educated class and reconciled the counterculture values of the 1960s to the entrepreneurial energies of the 1980s. Read full book review >
THE RASPUTIN FILE by Edvard Radzinsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2000

"A compelling biography of one of the great historical enigmas of the last century. (24 pages of b&w photos and illustration)"
A fascinating history of the Russian visionary Rasputin, whose strange influence over the imperial family during the twilight of the Romanov dynasty reads like something out of a gothic novel. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2000

"Even when sarcastic, Horovitz writes with too much sincere devotion to Israel's future promise to be mistaken for a brash young Western journalist temporarily slumming it in the Middle East."
An entertaining memoir about life in Israel, highly politicized (of course). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

Expanding on an article that originated in the pages of Vanity Fair, Margolick (At the Bar, 1995) traces the relationships between "Strange Fruit" (a 1930s ballad describing a lynching), Billie Holiday (its best-known interpreter), and those who heard it sung by her. Read full book review >
MILITARY MAVERICKS by David Rooney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Rooney's selective historical and moral judgments diminish what might have been an interesting summary of military leadership to a disturbing rehearsal of hero worship."
This collection of 12 military biographies ranges from the predictable to the perverse. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Not a major work, perhaps, but if a minor one, then well done. (color illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
The travel memoir of a professional woman on a Grand Tour. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Although the ``Blind Fondle'' contest and other aspects of the Lifestyle might not appeal to everyone, Gould humanizes a marginalized community and demonstrates that sexual expression does not automatically equate with deviance."
Almost everything you wanted to know about swinging sex, but were afraid to ask. Read full book review >
EVER AFTER by Anne Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Although in the end there were aggressive paparazzi-buzzards on motorcycles (one named Rat), Diana's `welding of fairytale and soap opera` was an amazingly human story and provides a most nontabloid biography. (16-page b&w photo insert)"
The queen of biography (Streisand, 1996, etc.) outflashes the paparazzi in this life of the late Princess of Wales. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Greenstein offers a fascinating, if sometimes simplistic, way of considering presidential power—and a timely one in this election year."
Good presidents have solid visions of public policy, communicate them effectively, reconcile conflicting data—and feel good about themselves. 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 >