Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1999

"Everyone in the book'subjects and biographers—accomplished things, and their endeavors make this book appealing. (Author tour,)"
The successor to Booknotes: Writers and Their Stories from C-SPAN's Author Interviews (1997) is more unified and satisfying. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND SUNS by Dominique Lapierre
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1999

"Regardless, you'll keep reading. (30 b&w photos)"
An intriguing, albeit subjective, look at some of this century's most interesting people. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 1999

"One wishes she had published her letters instead, which would have been more authentic, more visceral, than the obtuse saga that remains."
A tedious reminiscence of life in postwar Berlin among the Communist intelligentsia in the former East Germany. Read full book review >
UNDER THE BLUE PENNANT by John W. Grattan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 1999

"A welcome addition to our knowledge about the lives of men who served in the Civil War. (45 photos, 5 maps, not seen)"
While researching another book, historian Schneller (A Quest for Glory: A Biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, not reviewed) discovered this never-before-published memoir of a young officer's experience in the Union navy. Read full book review >
ROSS MACDONALD by Tom Nolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 1999

"A breathlessly enthusiastic font of praise—most of it justifiable—that also works as a schematic for the demons, both professional and personal, that motivate some of our best writers to toil tirelessly in the genre fields."
Hagiographic, rags-to-riches, writer-as-middle-class-hero tale; the first biography of a genre master who wrote 18 highly literate detective novels featuring southern California private eye Lew Archer and earned an enormous following among mainstream readers, academes, and literary celebrities. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 1999

"This is quite beautiful music, the sound of a family's life that keeps ringing in a daughter's ears."
A lovely and melancholy history of her family and its farm, a holdout in the soil-poor Northeast, from Brox (Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family, 1995). Read full book review >
THE COWBOY WAY by David McCumber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 1999

"A solid addition to what might be called New Western Americana. (Author tour)"
A lively memoir of cowpunching, roping, and riding. Read full book review >
AARON COPLAND by Howard Pollack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 1999

"Not only a success in its own right, but a valuable model of what biography can and probably should be."
A music historian's (Univ. of Houston) biography of the man who, despite sectarian assaults from the academy, is still regarded as America's greatest composer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 1999

"Among the best books yet written on the malignant enigma that is Saddam Hussein."
A fascinating history of the global and regional intrigues and miscues that have allowed Saddam Hussein to defiantly survive. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >