Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BLOOD OF THE LIBERALS by George Packer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A good argument soundly made, and useful reading in this strangely illiberal election year."
Liberals are born, not made. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A solid history of the formative years of the land of Microsoft and Boeing. (2 maps)"
A lively, readable history of the exploration and settlement of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >

WILLIAM MULHOLLAND AND THE RISE OF LOS ANGELES by Catherine Mulholland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A comprehensive account of a mostly forgotten era, casting new light on Mulholland's legendary achievements for the city of Los Angeles—as well as an enlightening addition to the history of the American West."
The remarkable life of the self-taught, Irish-born civil engineer who led the long, extraordinary effort to bring water to early Los Angeles. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The road to world peace will be long and difficult, but Hopkins helps lead the way with this landmark book. (10 b&w photos)"
Nine Nobel laureates from world's hot spots share practical strategies for defusing major tragedies. Read full book review >
WE WERE IN AUSCHWITZ by Janusz Nel Siedlecki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"An odd drop in the unfillable bucket of Holocaust memoirs."
The first translation of a confusing, erratic memoir of life in Auschwitz, collaboratively written by three Polish survivors. Read full book review >

ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN by Peter Brimacombe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 2000

"This slender volume is easy reading, and will delight anyone who is intrigued by Elizabethan England."
If Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth piqued your curiosity about the Virgin Queen, Brimacombe's elegant evocation of "the world of Elizabeth I" is for you. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH by Jeremy Paxman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 2000

"Immensely popular in Britain—and England, too!—Paxman's informative, fact-studded book will enlighten and entertain everyone who seeks to learn of yesterday's England and today's 'Cool Britannia.'"
A deeply serious yet wonderfully lively, witty, and heartfelt study of the Mother Country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2000

"Steinbrenner certainly merits a book exploring his fascinating evolution from despised headline seeker to respected elder statesman. This isn't it. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A soft, uninspired overview of the most celebrated baseball team of the 20th century and its controversial owner, George Steinbrenner. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2000

"An ill-digested mix, although not without its felicities."
Here's an urban legend that turns out to be true: the pathologist who autopsied Albert Einstein kept his brain, and magazine journalist Paterniti spent a nutty couple of weeks with him, ferrying it to California. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2000

"Anyone who has ever had a family or a computer can relate to Goodell's story."
Techie journalist Goodell (The Cyberthief and the Samurai, not reviewed) presents a touching family portrait as well as an acute look at the social implications of the information age. Read full book review >
SUSAN SONTAG by Carl Rollyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2000

"Although light on both literary and psychological substance, this biography, like Sontag herself, has plenty of charm."
An engagingly gossipy biography of the most glamorous intellectual celebrity of our time, assessing the impact of the writer's persona more thoroughly than her literary creations. Read full book review >
LITTLE SAINT by Hannah Green
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2000

"More learned than most travelogues, this fond remembrance of both a little girl who suffered for her faith and the people who work a stony land today is immensely appealing."
A rarity: a literal hagiography, but much more. 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 >