Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An unusual view of the human side of an extraordinary public figure. (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selection; author tour)"
A warm, poignant picture of the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and his six remarkable children, based on previously unpublished family letters, papers, and interviews. Read full book review >
WHY SINATRA MATTERS by Pete Hamill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Despite its brevity, Why Sinatra Matters belongs in any collection of important books on American popular music of the 20th Century."
What a perfect match: the world's greatest "saloon singer" eulogized superbly by the author of The Drinking Life (1993). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A bit more framework and background on Whitaker and some semblance of chronological clarity would have given this some lift, but sports buffs will enjoy the anecdotes."
A genial but poorly conceived series of recollections by sports announcer Whitaker, perhaps best remembered today for his coverage of professional golf. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Worth reading for the it's feisty message: 'It's your life, and it's up to you to save it.'"
A savvy Wall Street Journal editor expands a prize-winning Journal article on surviving cancer into a full-length gutsy account of how she dealt with both the illness and the bone-marrow transplant that saved her life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Quibbles aside, a useful overview of a momentous man and his music."
Metropolitan Opera fans will enjoy this up-close-and-personal look at one of the world's best conductors. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Minimal notes and (apparently) almost no editorial intervention make this a hard slog for all but the most ardent Beauvoirians."
Another volume of Beauvoir's correspondence to lay on the shelf beside Letters to Sartre (1991), this time featuring letters written to a most unlikely lover, the American novelist Nelson Algren. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Finally, McElheny's Land seems like a guest in his own biography, as ghostly and indistinct as the image on a negative. (b&w photos)"
The life of Edwin Land could easily spring from one of Horatio Alger's stories. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A well-written and well-researched biography about a gifted man who needed a moral code and common sense."
The fascinating story of self-destruction by a child prodigy who became a leading savant of FDR's New Deal "brain trust." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A well-crafted if overly long work that adds much to our understanding of the politics of modern China."
A detailed study of the rise to power of China's dominant leader. Read full book review >
HARVEST SON by David Mas Masumoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But ill-arranged slices of life do not a memoir make. (Author tour)"
The richness of Masumoto's earlier memoir (Epitaph for a Peach, 1995) about life as a Japanese-American farmer in California is generally lacking here. Read full book review >
MOMMY DRESSING by Lois Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Breezily readable yet deeply painful, Gould's memoir captures the glamour, the mystery, and the pain of her mother's personal and private life.(24 b&w illustrations)"
Novelist Gould's (No Brakes, 1997; Medusa's Gift, 1991) memoir vividly captures both her joyless childhood as daughter of an aloof fashion-designer mother and the old New York that shaped them both. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An absorbing, provocative study."
In an important contribution to modern US government and policy studies, Hogan (History/Ohio State Univ.) traces the development of America's national security apparatus in the first decade of the Cold War. 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 >