Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Staying married and eliciting laughter: both are more of a challenge than the title might suggest. But if this requires more attention from the reader than expected, it also yields a more satisfying read."
More than a biography, this is an account of the whole gamut of emotions and experiences that populate and define a life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Entertaining, fair-minded, and important reading for the end of an election year."
Historic insider's insights into presidential qualities. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

"Suffused with the pious certitude of the True Believer, but unlikely to win converts."
A Santería priestess and college professor explains her conversion to the ancient African religion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

"In the Wild West, bullets flew in barrooms; today, it's epiphanies. One should beware of both."
A sometimes teary and always beery memoir of a son, a dying father, and their mutual love affair with Cleveland and its football Browns. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI REMEMBRANCE by Frank T. Leo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The life of China's aristocrats before the Revolution could be the subject of a fascinating account, but this complacent and oblivious narrative isn't it."
A rambling memoir of boyhood in a wealthy family in China before the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Despite the somewhat glib and frivolous title, a serious discourse on black male-female relations."
An exploration of the tense terrain of relations between black men and women. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A slim but worthy addition to the literature of terminal illness."
A sassy, brutally frank, and mercifully brief memoir of a British journalist's 1997 decline and death by breast cancer, supplemented by e-mails and recollections from her family and friends. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A significant contribution to the history of 20th-century popular and political culture."
An insightful scholarly study of how ideas and images of constitutional government permeate popular culture. Read full book review >
BABYFACE by Jeanne McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Although not a story to be bestowed upon expectant mothers at baby showers, McDermott's courageous tale will prove riveting to most readers."
The gripping story of science writer and teacher McDermott's first year as the mother of a disabled child. Read full book review >
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT by Janet Todd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Wollstonecraft's egoism was the touchstone of her work. This intelligent and well-formed study offers both a clear illustration of the source and significance of that connection and an absorbing account of the extraordinary life that engendered it."
A biography of the famed author and feminist, written by British academic and editor Todd (A Wollstonecraft Anthology, not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fine gag gift for a lawyer of your acquaintance."
Laughs for litigants. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A quiet treasure."
A vivid and affectionate memoir of the vanishing traditions of the Saltwater Geechee people living on Sapelo Island, off the coast of Georgia. 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 >