Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

SLACKJAW by Jim Knipfel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1999

"Knipfel's eyesight may have failed him, but his vision of the world is ever sharp and wickedly funny."
Illuminating memoirs of an idiosyncratic young man whose black humor enables him to view his blindness as "just one more float in the weirdness parade" of life. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE SON by Dennis M. Clausen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1999

"It's almost impossible to finish this chronicle of classic wretchedness without feeling a sudden appreciation for all things decent in one's life."
The harrowing story of his father's youth on the Minnesota prairie, from novelist Clausen (Ghost Lover, not reviewed). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1999

"Not a pretty picture, but a realistic one. (Author tour) (For another look at presidential ethics, see Marvin Olasky, God, Sex, and Statesmanship, p. 1779)"
A timely look at the seamy side of presidential power. Read full book review >
JOSE LIMON by José Limón
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1999

"He is a master storyteller, with language as with his body. (30 photos)"
A beautifully written memoir of a modern dance pioneer whose legacy includes his masterpiece retelling of Othello, The Moore's Pavane, and the company that bears his name. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1999

"Curiously involving miniatures of five brave women who confronted, but did not always overcome, rigid social barriers. (5 b&w photos)"
Brief biographies of five Japanese women who challenged national mores and cultural expectations in the years before WWII. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 1999

"Jonathan Swift's reputation as a satirist will remain intact, but this book does offer about an hour's worth of silly reading pleasure."
A review of Shearer's thin satirical treatise is like one of those trailers that you know contain all of the movie's good parts Shearer'star of screen, (Spinal Tap), TV (The Simpsons), amd radio (his own show)" wonders why some people hate Clinton so much when he really hasn't been all that bad a president. Read full book review >
MOON by Tony Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 1999

"Few questions will now remain about Moon's life—in fact, you may know more than you wanted to. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
An exhaustive look at the short life of the Who's legendary drummer. Read full book review >
WANDERING TIME by Luis Alberto Urrea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 1999

"A disappointing exercise, Urrea's journals lack the narrative focus and emotional power to keep pulling the reader through his countless tangents."
A disjointed, gushing collection of musings on and descriptions of a yearlong road trip cum walking tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Read full book review >
HITLER'S VIENNA by Brigitte Hamann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Hamann concludes that Vienna's fin-de-siäcle malaise was a critical ingredient in the madness that became Nazi Germany."
A valuable social history of Vienna's netherworld and an attempt at explaining Hitler's anti-Semitism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, Robinson covers an impressive amount of previously unsurveyed ground. (15 photos, not seen)"
Cultural historian Robinson (Humanities/Stanford; Freud and His Critics, not reviewed, etc.) examines provocatively a century's worth of authors whose homosexuality is a central subject of their autobiographical narratives. Read full book review >
VIPERS IN THE STORM by Keith Rosenkranz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Former secretary of defense Dick Cheney contributes a foreword. (25 illustrations, not seen)"
Rosenkranz gives a personal account of his career as a pilot of the F-16 fighter plane (nicknamed the "Viper") and his experiences in combat during Operation Desert Storm. Read full book review >
SIBERIAN DAWN by Jeffrey Tayler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Graphically describes the deeply disturbing state of the 'new' Russia and its demoralized citizens."
A young American's encounters with arctic cold, violent vodka-induced drunkenness, unknown levels of radiation, and mafia-ruled hinterland cities reveal the bleak and desperate side of life in the post-Communist Soviet states. 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 >