Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A searching scholarly study of one of the great American dilemmas. (60 photos, 3 maps)"
Returning to his interest in the native tribes (The Long Bitter Trail: Andrew Jackson and the Indians, 1993, etc.), Bancroft Prize—winning historian Wallace gives us a book that immediately becomes the best among very few other studies of its subject. Read full book review >
LINCOLN ON LINCOLN by Paul M. Zall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A collection that casts a strong light, but so much of it falls behind the president that shadows obscure his face—and much of his character."
Excerpts from Lincoln's autobiographical writings, some quite brief, selected, edited, and annotated by Zall, a senior researcher at the Huntington Library. Read full book review >

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by John James Audubon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

As recently as a hundred years ago, in a more assured age than this, the enduring importance of a literary career could be measured by whether an edition of an author's collected works was issued. Bound in calfskin for the wealthy bibliophile, in a more modest cloth of some subdued hue for the less well-to-do, these sets made several statements about an age. They suggested that readers could most appreciate writers by knowing the entirety of their work and not simply one or two particularly flashy efforts. And those ranks of volumes, filling the shelves of home libraries, further showed that it was possible for individuals to possess much of the best work by the best minds. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The dark thread that underlies the mostly frivolous tales keeps this book on a par with his most successful novels."
From the scrapbooks of the fashionable novelist and magazine writer, a surprisingly forthright memoir that chronicles in snapshots and words decades of earthly delight in Hollywood, months of contrition, and a penitent return to rewarding work. Read full book review >
MATINEE IDYLLS by Richard Schickel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Though some arguments reveal their armature and a few essays read long, Schickel lays his words out cleanly and is ready for the parry. Read it when you want a conversation with an ideal common viewer."
Garbo to Fargo spans the range of this prickly grab bag by the Time reviewer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

WITH ONE BOLD ACTThe Story of Jane AddamsPolikoff, Barbara Garland Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

"Not a literary treasure, but a valuable piece of Holocaust history. (photos, not seen)"
An incredible way out of the Holocaust leads a boy to a Siberian labor camp, abandonment in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and then being smuggled out of Teheran to Palestine. Read full book review >
RICHARD STRAUSS by Matthew Boyden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 1999

"Judicious, well-balanced, and thoughtfully argued, though its readability would be enhanced by a little more passion either for or against the unpleasant Herr Strauss. (illustrations, not seen)"
An unflattering portrait of Germany's most popular modern classical composer, mitigated by hearty appreciation for his musical genius. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1999

"A regrettable oddity—a Studs Terkel oral history that has dull patches."
Drawing from his many years of radio as well as some early magazine pieces, Terkel (Coming of Age, 1995, etc.) looks at his first loves, film and theater, as explicated by some of their most famous creators. Read full book review >
CARL SAGAN by Keay Davidson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

"A smoothly written, sometimes critical look at a leading scientific figure of our time."
Another bio of the flamboyant astronomer and creator of Cosmos (see William Poundstone, p. 1391), from a veteran science writer (coauthor with George Smoot of Wrinkles in Time, 1993). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

"A volume with a pleasing admixture of the strange and the familiar, of poignance and humor, of iron and irony. (photos, not seen)"
Holzer, author and editor of numerous books on the Civil War and Lincoln (The Lincoln Mailbag, not reviewed, etc.), has assembled another collection for those with insatiable appetites for information about the 16th president. Read full book review >
OUT OF PLACE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

"A beautiful and moving account that stands on its own as a classic in the art of memoir and as a key to understanding the genesis of Said's intellectual work."
Said's compassionate and lyrical memoir explores his feelings of displacement in both his cultural setting and his family, revealing the roots of his intellectual, political, and personal unfolding. 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 >