Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

A MORAL TEMPER by Dwight Macdonald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2001

"A terrific collection that maps one of the last century's most fascinating minds. (8 b&w photos and 2 illustrations, some not seen)"
Macdonald biographer Wreszin (A Rebel in Defense of Tradition, 1994, not reviewed) presents riveting samples of the correspondence of the late critic, social commentator, and essayist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"Revealing glimpses, sometimes amusing, sometimes appalling, of a world where spirits are accepted as a part of everyday life."
An American doctor who served as a government psychiatrist for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health draws on his clinical experiences to create a beguiling account of culture shock in a hospital setting. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"A voyage fit only for lunatics. In terms of achievement, Tayler could as easily have played Russian roulette."
A dangerous and self-indulgent journey up and down the Congo River: thankfully, travel-writer Tayler (Siberian Dawn, 1999) comes in the end to understand it as such. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"Written with authority and zeal, this rich narrative is popular history at its best."
A harrowing history of the one-armed Civil War hero's 1869 expedition down the Colorado River that focuses on the dangers involved in the momentous journey rather than on Powell's political views. Read full book review >
LIMBO by A. Manette Ansay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A graceful, wonderfully written memoir that's sure to please Ansay's fiction fans—as well as readers of confessional and inspirational literature."
After four novels (Vinegar Hill, 1994, etc.) and one story collection, Ansay debuts in nonfiction with a thoughtful memoir of affliction and redemption. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Stinging often lyrical, Kalb excoriates those who have diminished the profession he loves."
A veteran journalist examines the behavior of the press during the initial days of the Lewinsky scandal—and finds much to condemn. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An important document that evokes the heat in a little-known theater of the Cold War."
A firsthand account of an ill-fated Marxist revolution in the Congo, with an introduction by historian Richard Gott and an afterword by Aleida Guevara March, daughter of Guevara. Read full book review >
BLOOD-DARK TRACK by Joseph O’Neill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The pleasures here are in the slow accretion of detail—albeit too many details on occasion—and awareness that allows O'Neill to create an abiding image of a two places during a moment in history."
An unwieldy family memoir that also yields some choice scenes, centering on a brace of grandfathers interned for suspected enemy sympathies, from novelist O'Neill (This Is the Life, 1991). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A survivor's story that is both upbeat and candid."
Magazine writer Nash (Altared States, not reviewed) shares her experience of breast cancer. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT NIXON by Richard Reeves
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Those who survived the Nixon era will shudder anew; younger readers will find this a lucid survey of a strange time."
A useful account of Richard Nixon's tumultuous tenure as chief executive. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An unquestionably valuable service, well-written and tremendously informed, for the families of airmen lost during the Cold War—and for everyone else now beginning to process the meaning of that part of recent history."
A passionate look at the hidden role played by aerial spying during the Cold War. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It's been well-trod ground for the past 40 years, and this work will add little to the copious literature already out there."
The domestic side of Camelot in words and pictures—familiar fare—from presidential historian Anthony (Florence Harding, 1998, etc.). 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 >