Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"While perhaps not written for those interested in get-rich-quick schemes, Komisar's account provides enough business tips and Zen-like ideas to inspire would-be entrepreneurs."
Silicon Valley is the backdrop for this helpful book, written by a successful professional business adviser. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Abramowitz's strength as a writer emerges in her ability to let her subjects speak candidly and openly about their experiences and passions; the resulting collection celebrates Hollywood's irrepressible ability to entertain while plumbing the dark reaches of its soul."
From countless interviews with Hollywood's female elite, Abramowitz compiles a mesmerizing account of the sometimes-ugly confluence of sex, power, and celebrity amid the tarnish of Tinseltown. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Very readable history of a forgotten period and a group that saved their school and taught the world to sing their songs."
A bittersweet and movingly told story of the African-American singers who introduced Negro spirituals to audiences in the US and Europe to raise money for their alma mater, experiencing great triumphs and humiliating prejudice in the process. Read full book review >
KARL MARX by Francis Wheen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Respectful yet non-hagiographic, Wheen's life of Marx deserves a wide readership."
Superb life of the thinker who, for better or worse, molded the 20th century. Read full book review >
THE CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY by Alain de Botton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2000

"Congenial, refreshing, original—and mercifully succinct—de Botton may well achieve the impossible by making philosophy popular."
Having changed lives with the help of a French writer (How Proust Can Change Your Life, 1997), de Botton now seeks to offer those lives needed consolation—and specific advice—with the writings of some of the world's most illustrious philosophers. Read full book review >

FREDERICK THE GREAT by Giles MacDonogh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2000

"A captivating, diverse study of an equally fascinating figure."
An ambitious portrait that concentrates on the enlightened monarch's intellectual (rather than military) achievements. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2000

"A simply told, yet inspirational memoir about the reign of the Khmer Rouge that helps to shed light on the plight of the Cambodian people. (photos)"
A worthy and compelling debut by Him, a survivor of the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2000

"Gruesome and completely fascinating, but requires translation."
A gripping tale of four sailors adrift at sea—and the cabin boy eaten to sustain the remaining three—by British journalist Hanson. Read full book review >
NO NEWS AT THROAT LAKE by Lawrence Donegan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2000

"When Donegan leaves town, we can only hope it is not to write the sequel."
Journalist and author Donegan (Maybe It Should Have Been a Three Iron, 1998) chucks his life in London and moves to a small town in Donegal, Ireland. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2000

"That may be true, but it is the writer's job to comprehend his or her subject. Checchio's book will add nothing to any real or wouldbe desert rat's store of knowledge. It's likely instead to leave readers dumbfounded too."
A listless memoir recounting hohum journeys into places hot, dry, and deep. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2000

"A moving account of science devastatingly and thoughtlessly misapplied, one of the countless tragedies visited on Native America."
A strange, well-recounted tale of scientific arrogance and cultural misunderstanding. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2000

"By relentlessly trashing colleagues, outing the usual suspects, and venting spleen at those who informed to the House Un-American Activities Committee half a century ago, Laurents (despite occasional lapses into charm and wit) quickly becomes a wearisome old bore."
A veteran of stage and screen tells all in this sometimes enjoyable but often exasperating autobiography. 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 >