Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2000

"By relentlessly trashing colleagues, outing the usual suspects, and venting spleen at those who informed to the House Un-American Activities Committee half a century ago, Laurents (despite occasional lapses into charm and wit) quickly becomes a wearisome old bore."
A veteran of stage and screen tells all in this sometimes enjoyable but often exasperating autobiography. Read full book review >
TIME TO BE IN EARNEST by P.D. James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2000

"A charming, informative, and timely memoir, with vividly somber undertones, sure to be treasured by James' readers."
From British mystery writer (and recent Baroness) James, an elegantly constructed, deceptively off-the-cuff reflection on her life and times that is by turns humorous, nostalgic, instructive, and ominous. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2000

"An outstanding portrait of the painful postwar waltz of Germans, their victims, and their victims' victims. (Author tour)"
An engaging memoir by the daughter of a Holocaust escapee who returns to Germany with her mother to revisit the scene of the crime. Read full book review >
TAKE THE CANNOLI by Sarah Vowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2000

"Vowell's crafty writing, often free-spirited and sometimes neurotic, is like literary stand-up comedy with a lot of heart and perfect delivery."
Broadcaster and columnist Vowell (Radio On: A Listener's Diary, 1998) presents a wonderfully eclectic mix of smart-witted, often hilarious personal essays. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"He paints an admiring portrait of a political genius and, in the process, goes a long way in explaining why history has caused Greeks to hate Turks, Turks to hate Greeks, and the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina to hate just about everybody."
Turkish author Mango (Turkey: The Challenge of a New Role, 1994) draws upon official archives and international sources to piece together a substantial biography of the father of modern Turkey. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"What remains is a pleasing journey over well-blazed historical trails."
Biographical and background sketches from a pen skilled enough to attract Civil War buffs who seek renewal of their knowledge about the era's best-known figures without requiring challenging new insights. Read full book review >
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV by Sergei N. Khrushchev
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A fascinating portrait of a man of immense vitality, a fervent Communist, convinced that the Soviet Union would surpass the US, and the process by which he began subconsciously to understand that the system itself did not work."
A filial but revealing semi-biography of Nikita Khrushchev by his son, now at the Institute for International Studies at Brown. Read full book review >
YELTSIN by Leon Aron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"In richness of information, analysis, and judgment, Aron illuminates not only a great man but a supremely critical period of Russian history."
If Russia, in Churchill's words, is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, this splendid biography by Aron (Russian Studies/American Enterprise Institute) does much to unwrap the mystery of one of Russia's most enigmatic statesmen. Read full book review >
WOODROW WILSON by Louis Auchincloss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Its keen characters shrewdly quoted, this taut, fair presentation leaves the reader entertained by an informed storyteller, and informed by an entertaining historian. (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selection)"
Fleet narrative and clear-eyed psychology put our 28th president's flawed administration (1913-21) into personal and global perspective. Read full book review >
GET HAPPY by Gerald Clarke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Don't, however, expect it to convey her magic: listen to her Carnegie Hall album in the dark for that. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Apr. 2000 ISBN: A corker of a biography that reveals Judy Garland as a peerless artist careening wildly through a life that could have ended even sooner than it did. Read full book review >
TOWER by Bill Henderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Henderson may meander a bit, but his search for fulfillment and a renewed outlook on life lands on solid and fertile ground. (10 b&w illustrations)"
Pushcart Press founder and publisher Henderson (Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club, 1996, etc.) discovers the "utter joy of building" and shares his quest for grace, bargain lumber, and something to call God in this part-memoir, part-how-to labor of love. Read full book review >
CITIZEN COORS by Dan Baum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Although the narrative is occasionally plodding, Baum's history is incendiary, providing fuel for many a political fire."
An anecdotal history tracing the fortunes of the American brewing family known as much for its right-wing politics as for its suds, written by former Wall Street Journal reporter Baum (Smoke and Mirrors, 1996). 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 >