Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 1999

"Whether one finds Breindel's pervasive anti-Communism neurotically obsessive or fiercely patriotic, his editorials make for powerful, historic reading."
Nearly 70 columns from the New York Post's late editorial page editor raise a conservative voice against perceived excesses of the progressive left. Read full book review >
YEARS OF RENEWAL by Henry Kissinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"A brilliant, masterly, even seminal book."
With this volume Kissinger concludes what may be the greatest memoir ever written by an American statesman (White House Years, 1979; Years of Upheaval, 1982). Read full book review >

WHITE IS A STATE OF MIND by Melba Pattillo Beals
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Later, she claimed a new life as a journalist—making this an account of the fairly routine stuff of a black woman coming of age in the North."
Beals had one story to tell, and she told it five years ago in her award-winning Warriors Don—t Cry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Well researched and clearly organized, but this one's for the scholars, not the general reader, even among Civil War buffs."
The letters of Lytle, a Union brigadier general with strong Southern ties who was killed at Chickamauga, edited by the curator of Historical Collections for the University of Pittsburgh Library System. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, Hopkins's research adds considerably to the history of modern American welfare policy. (7 b&w photos, not seen)"
A scholarly biography of one of the great American policy makers and innovators of the 20th century. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"This astute, balanced study is a model of intellectual biography, which also succeeds in portraying the full life of the man—no small achievement. (16 photos, not seen)"
A revealing, engaged assessment of the life and work of a man who taught thousands and was read by millions. Read full book review >
IN PLATO'S CAVE by Alvin Kernan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"No diatribe at all, this work serves instead as an elegy for education as it once was."
This gentle, wise, yet tough-minded memoir will delight and inform anyone who—d like to understand the academic world of the last 50 years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Fresh and articulate, Steadily perceptive, shrewdly provocative. (Author tour)"
A debut collection of impassioned essays, written in poetic, flowing prose, that consider a range of complex issues facing today's young, educated, and aware African-American women. Read full book review >
SURVIVING MYSELF by Jennifer O'Neill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"It's not easy being beautiful."
An apt title for an autobiography of actress/model O'Neill, who attempted suicide when she was 14, broke her neck and back in three places when she was 15, once shot herself by accident, and is now on husband number eight. Read full book review >
THE TIMES OF MY LIFE by Max Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Informative, thoughtful, delightful. (32 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An honest, bracing memoir from one of the nation's most distinguished journalists. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Richard Marius
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Valuable for its depiction of Luther's mad wrestling with doubt and despair, but too one-sided to capture the contradictions in its complex subject. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
The darkest biography yet of the irascible Luther, by Harvard professor emeritus and novelist Marius (Thomas More: A Biography, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >
NEFERTITI by Joyce Tyldesley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"A thoughtful and well-researched re-creation of an extraordinary ancient personality. (16 pages b&w photos, 38 figures, 2 maps)"
In Hatchepsut (1996), Tyldesley (Archaeology/Liverpool Univ., England) brought to life an obscure female ruler of ancient Egypt's 18th Dynasty. 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 >