Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A difficult subject, endowed with enough drama, irony, and political perception to match its importance."
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist FitzGerald (Cities on a Hill, 1986, etc.) mixes comprehensive detail and tart observation in this account of high-tech meeting high-touch—the promotion of the Strategic Defensive Initiative (SDI) by Ronald Reagan. Read full book review >
FULL OF LIFE by Stephen Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A spirited, scholarly portrait of a man who wrestled with merciless demons and emerged victorious. (17 b&w photos)"
A comprehensive and compassionate biography of novelist-screenwriter Fante (1909-83), whose once-forgotten fiction and largely forgettable screenplays are enjoying a renaissance. Read full book review >

JOAN OF ARC by Mary Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A bold 'biographical meditation' that persuades the skeptic to meditate on the inexplicable something Joan made happen, and keeps on happening, to this day. (First serial to Commonweal; author tour)"
Illiterate adolescent peasant girl, prompted by inner voices, turns knight-redeemer of her country—temporarily. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"In short, the internal psychological dynamics of Nazism deserve a more nuanced, historically grounded treatment that is provided here."
A useful introduction to the roots of Hitler's ideas concerning the Jews and the German people, combined with a reductionist analysis of the psychology of the F?hrer and the German masses. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"It is not necessary to be an environmental activist to find this a compelling portrait of a young woman of remarkable fortitude and dedication. (40 b&w photographs, not seen)"
A charged first-person account by an ardent environmental activist whose long-term occupation of a giant redwood tree focused public attention on the cutting of old-growth redwood forests in northern California. Read full book review >

ALMA ROSÉ by Richard Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"This well-researched and highly readable biography provides a moving account of one woman's confrontation with the greatest horrors of the war. (60 photos)"
The Holocaust account of Gustav Mahler's niece, who went from being the musical heiress of Europe to conducting a women's orchestra at Auschwitz. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A deeply disturbing chronicle of pervasive corruption and greed—of unspeakable violence visited upon people, values, and the truth. (2 maps, 44 b&w photos, not seen)"
Two veteran investigative reporters (Dragon Lady, 1992, etc.) assail several generations of Japan's first family with the deadliest weapons of all: research and keen analysis. Read full book review >
THE CIRCLE OF HANH by Bruce Weigl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Weigl's integrity and experience have produced a moving, singular, and highly readable story—while his supple prose maintains the precise, stark imagery, crisp meter, and mordant understandings of his poetry."
From acclaimed poet Weigl (After the Others, 1999), a deliberately turned and finely envisioned memoir, alternately harrowing and hopeful but consistently contemplative. Read full book review >
MISGIVINGS by C.K. Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Sad, almost grim, rewarding."
Award-winning poet Williams (Repair, 1999) looks back on his parents' unhappy marriage, a mix of personalities that was guaranteed from the start to produce some sparks—and did. Read full book review >
THE LAST GOOD FREUDIAN by Brenda Webster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A fresh take on the poorlittlerichgirl theme, whinefree and surprisingly frank. (16 b&w photos)"
Soulbearing memoirs of a woman ``born and brought up to be in psychoanalysis,'' who discovers rather late in life that writing fiction has taught her more about herself than years of psychotherapy. Read full book review >
TO HELL WITH HONOR by Larry Sklenar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"However, committed lay readers and serious students of the event and the surrounding Victorianexpansionist milieu will probably find this an engaging, convincing, and fully informative account, one which will stand out in the crowded field of Custerrelated books."
A remarkably detailed and reconstructed account of the era and events surrounding the Seventh Cavalry's infamous loss under General George Armstrong Custer that largely succeeds in ameliorating the General's equally infamous culpability by exploring the gray areas and forgotten facts of this archetypical American disaster. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Hallock's great accomplishment here is a documentation of literary homophobia. It will take another writer to give us a compelling biography of this once-famous poet."
In his new study of a 19th-century American poet, Hallock uncovers convincing evidence that homophobic critics forced him into selfcensorship, isolation, and, ultimately, silence. 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 >