Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Mauve-lous. (8 pages color illustrations, not seen)"
The life, times, and enduring influence of pioneering chemist Sir William Perkin, who at 18 discovered a substance that yielded a most lovely color. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"A fine addition to the literature of the Holocaust (that 'permanent tribal wound, engraved on our souls') and a good account of recent American history."
A memorable, literate work on the immigrant experience in postwar America. Read full book review >

A LIFE OF JUNG by Ronald Hayman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Likely to become the standard biography of the revolutionary psychoanalyst. (16 pp. photos, not seen)"
A polished, highly professional biography of Jung that covers all the personal and intellectual bases, as well as demystifying his more rarified theories, from Hayman (Thomas Mann, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Informed by a filial piety throughout, but hardly an unbiased take. (photographs, not seen)"
An intimate biography of Paul Robeson, written by his son. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"An overly slick but still appealing treatment of a worthwhile subject."
Rock writer Hirshey (Nowhere to Run, not reviewed) gives an emotionally charged, densely packed tour of women making popular music across five decades. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"A moving story that aims to reconcile the experiences of faith and racism—but remains too intensely subjective throughout to rise above the level of personal memoir."
An intensely felt but highly personal account by an African-American academic of the journey she took from Christianity to Tibetan Buddhism—and back. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"A literary crime committed against one of the greatest writers of the last century."
A collection of letters, poetry, and essays by the master of detective fiction. Read full book review >
WE BECAME LIKE A HAND by Carol A. Ortlip
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"While Ortlip's love for her sisters is intensely moving and well-depicted, the story of their sisterly bonds is almost completely eclipsed by the disturbing revelations about her parents and the bleakness of her life."
A memoir of the bonds of sisterhood, as recalled by the eldest of five sisters. Read full book review >
THE RIVER HOME by Dorothy Weil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"An engaging tale of growing up around the great rivers of the Midwest—and perhaps one of the last memoirs by someone brought up during the Depression."
Although not a household name even in her hometown of Cincinnati, author and TV producer Weil (Continuing Education, 1979) offers an autobiography of wide appeal, skillfully mixing the story of her extended family with a vivid picture of an era—America from the '30s to the '50s—that seems increasingly exotic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Little to keep you absorbed when second-rate palace intrigue is the only thing on the menu."
From English journalist de Courcy, an un-thrilling biography of the daughters of Lord Curzon, whose lives seem an exercise in privilege with only a measure of excitement. Read full book review >
SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC AND THE DESTRUCTION OF YUGOSLAVIA by Louis Sell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"An important contribution to the literature surrounding the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the ethnic wars that followed."
A welcome biography of the "Butcher of the Balkans," now awaiting trial before the International War Crimes Tribunal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"A boon for general readers as well as literary scholars."
Carefully annotated trove of correspondence between Jazz Age icons. 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 >