Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

OTHER TRADITIONS by John Ashbery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An impressive performance by a central figure in modern American poetry."
One of our foremost (and most difficult) living poets talks about a half-dozen almost forgotten colleagues who have had an influence on his own highly influential verse. Read full book review >
THE EXPLORERS by Tim Flannery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A careful work of history, useful to students of colonization and exploration generally—and of Australian studies particularly."
Historical documents, intelligently selected, on the exploration of Australia. Read full book review >

CHERRY by Mary Karr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Energized by Karr's sharp wit, this tale of Texas adolescence reads like a fast-paced novel. More importantly, her clear-eyed recollection of what it's like to change from child into woman resonates with truth."
Fans of Karr's award-winning The Liars' Club (1995) will not be disappointed by this feisty, funny, and tender memoir of a drug-ridden coming of age in Leechfield, her Texas hometown. Read full book review >
GEORGE SANTAYANA by Irving Singer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Singer is a graceful writer, but one who seems most comfortable addressing an academic readership. Nonetheless, committed lay readers will also find this to be a sound introduction to Santayana's broad sphere of philosophic influence."
An ornately conceived, sometimes elliptical, but comprehensive and insightful examination of the work of philosopher George Santayana. Read full book review >
TWO FACES OF LIBERALISM by John Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Another John Gray offered more insight than this in Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus."
A disappointing capitulation to vague postmodern multiculturalism from one of England's leading political and economic theorists. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A sensitive and in-depth portrait of two 'good Germans' who have remained unrecognized for over half a century."
The inspired life and tragic death of the only American woman to be executed on Hitler's command. Read full book review >
TROUBLE MAN by Steve Turner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A life as haunting as the music, and a biography that comes very close to doing it justice. (16 b&w photos)"
Sex, drugs, and rhythm and blues punctuate this tormenting story of one of Motown's greatest voices. Read full book review >
A.J. AYER by Ben Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A delightful discourse on an extraordinarily full life: Rogers succeeds in capturing the spirit of a philosophical maverick who many loved to hate."
A sympathetic treatment of one of the 20th century's best-known British philosophers. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN IN LOVE by Dennis Overbye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An ambitious project that works: Overbye has created an accurate, detailed, and fascinating portrait of Einstein as a flawed, complex young man. (Author tour)"
An expertly crafted account of the life, loves, and science of Einstein during the first two decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >
NICCOLÒ’S SMILE by Maurizio Viroli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Intriguing, but best for those with a particular interest in Machiavelli or 16th-century Italian politics."
A chronicle of how Machiavelli's unforgiving and complex view towards politics and leadership coexisted with an unusual generosity of spirit. Read full book review >
ROOSEVELT AND CHURCHILL by David Stafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A swift, well-documented assessment of the relationship's 'volatile mix of friendship, rivalry and resentment.' (13 b&w photos)"
A behind-the-scenes analysis of the relationship between a president and a prime minister—"a powerful personal link that bridged the Atlantic and helped win the war." Read full book review >
POINTS UNKNOWN by David Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Still, Roberts's anthology has its virtues, and readers will find plenty to enjoy."
Intrepid adventurers face the elements—and sometimes live to tell the tale. 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 >