Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

HENRY VIII by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Thoroughly researched and entertaining, filled with delicious details for general readers and provocative argument for students of the period."
A detailed journey through the court and life of Henry VIII. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A splendid account, highly recommended to all readers interested in early American history, women's studies, or the history of religion."
An elegantly written life of the enigmatic and powerfully charismatic Shaker prophet. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Bonner's own lifecycle makes for pleasant reading and inspires a new respect for slime molds."
A charming memoir combining autobiography and a 20th-century history of biology. Read full book review >
LIONHEART by Jesse Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A tribute to the spirit of adventure, akin to Robin Lee Graham's Dove."
The rousing account of a 17-year-old Australian's solo, nonstop sail around the world in his yacht, the Lionheart, published to coincide with the airing of a National Geographic special about the journey. Read full book review >
SOME MEMORIES OF A LONG LIFE, 1854-1911 by Malvina Shanklin Harlan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A valuable personal look at a key figure in American judicial history."
Recently discovered in the Library of Congress, a previously unpublished memoir by the wife of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, revealed here as a former slaveholder whose ringing words in defense of civil rights contrasted with his decidedly paternalistic view of racial minorities. Read full book review >

BURDEN OF ASHES by Justin Chin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Though leavened by salty wit, this frank portrait of lacerating personal circumstances will make some readers marvel that the species survives at all."
Poet and performance artist Chin (Mongrel, not reviewed) chronicles a still-youthful existence lived—at least on the page—as if his hair were on fire. Read full book review >
IN MY FAMILY TREE by Sheila Siddle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"If the orphanage has but a fraction the warmth and gentleness of Siddle's voice in this story, then the word sanctuary would fit well. Beautiful acts, elegantly rendered."
An exhilarating—even heroic—life caring for orphaned chimpanzees (and antelopes, monkeys, parrots, whathaveyou, even a hippo) on a farm in Africa, by Siddle, the caregiver herself. Read full book review >
FIREWEED by Gerda Lerner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Lerner's welcome autobiography also makes a fine contribution to social history."
A spirited, eminently readable, and unapologetic memoir of leftist life in a rightist era. Read full book review >
FALLING HARD by Chris Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"An astute if youthful take on a violent, timeworn subject."
Entertaining if glib account of a neophyte journalist's year on the boxing circuit. Read full book review >
CLIMBING FREE by Lynn Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A few too many rock faces, but still an appealing blend of climbing drama and personal candor. (b&w photos throughout)"
In an unvarnished debut, Hill shares climbing experiences, offers technical tips, and portrays her emotional ties to other elite climbers. Read full book review >
FLAUBERT by Geoffrey Wall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Like so much of its subject's work, a chronicle of the progression from youthful romanticism to middle-aged disillusionment, but narrated without Flaubert's style and bent for psychological realism. (30 b&w illustrations)"
The French master receives serviceable though not sterling biographical treatment from a translator of Flaubert's works for Penguin Classics. Read full book review >
STARR by Benjamin Wittes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Great for anyone still interested."
Washington Post editorialist Wittes takes a sympathetic second look at Kenneth Starr. 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 >