Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Pickett and coauthor Stowers write well, and, although the intended audience is not entirely clear, clerics contemplating ministries behind bars will find this useful background reading."
A Texas prison chaplain recounts his experiences ministering to the condemned, arguing throughout that capital punishment is morally wrong. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2001

"Uneven, but of considerable interest to students of African-American history and biography."
An African-American writer finds his family's roots in a longstanding historical controversy. Read full book review >

DAZZLER by Steven Bach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2001

"A savory treatment of a beloved yet troubled theater legend."
A judicious yet candid biography of Hart (1904-61), the Broadway Prospero who transformed out-of-town dross into opening-night gold—and his own torments into opportunities for success. Read full book review >
A MEMOIR OF MISFORTUNE by Su Xiaokang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2001

"American readers might prefer more details about the couple's life in China and America, but this is not the author's purpose. He has written not so much an autobiography as a painful rumination on fate."
A Chinese journalist now living in the US tries to make sense of his life after a tragedy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2001

"Told with a sure voice and in clear delight of the period, Davis draws a sharp picture not merely of Toombs and Stephens, but of all the politicking of the Antebellum and Civil War South."
A crisp story capturing the important roles played by Georgia natives Toombs and Stephens in the birth of the Confederacy, from prolific historian Davis (Bluegrass Confederate, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE AS A WOMAN by Diane Di Prima
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 2001

"A rich trove for literary archaeologists in search of artifacts from the Beat epoch."
An informative, comprehensive account of one woman's rise in the literary underground, ripe with the flavors and transformations of the Beat Generation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2001

"Could be dangerous for anyone who doesn't yet own a piano. Apartment dwellers in particular should approach with caution."
History blends seamlessly with memoir in this paean to the piano. Read full book review >
WAS THIS MAN A GENIUS? by Julie Hecht
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2001

"Kaufman's fans will enjoy it, but so will Hecht's."
An amusing enough trifle for those who believe we really need another book about Andy Kaufman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2001

"Soulful and well-written, this will appeal to readers on spiritual paths of their own."
A thoughtful account of religious discovery. Read full book review >
HOW RACE IS LIVED IN AMERICA by Joseph Lelyveld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2001

"Powerful, troubling essays on the most urgent and significant of subjects. (16 b&w photos)"
Fifteen illuminating feature pieces published last year by the New York Times in their series on race relations, with supplementary dialogues, commentaries, and an opinion poll. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 2001

"A gripping story, this will appeal to adventure-seeking women in search of role models, although it suffers mightily from a dearth of facts."
An absorbing but overwhelmingly speculative tale of a Cheyenne woman who rode with Apache war parties and used her spirit-given powers to avoid enemy traps. Read full book review >
BILLY RAY’S FARM by Larry Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2001

"Brown's honest, down-to-earth prose is always readable and sometimes moving, but most of the pieces here lack substance."
Ten autobiographical essays that read more like journal entries, by the King of Grit Lit (Fay, 2000, etc.), disappointingly not up to the level of Brown's last nonfiction collection, On Fire (1994). 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 >