Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers looking for casual, innocent fun will find here a pleasant enough weekend in the country."
A city mouse, journalist by profession, is led by his smarter spouse to the country to escape the urban trap. Read full book review >
MARTIN FROBISHER by James McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Intriguing if long-winded. (4 b&w maps and charts)"
The first major biography of the early English explorer since William McFee's widely purchased 1928 Life of Sir Martin Frobisher. Read full book review >

PHILIP V OF SPAIN by Henry Kamen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A fresh history that profits from its psychological insights."
A biography of a manic-depressive, but surprisingly successful, king. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"An uplifting saga that offers an engrossing eyewitness view of Russian history and makes a valuable contribution to slave literature. (3 maps; 25 illustrations)"
The memoirs of a former serf from early-19th-century Russia who writes poignantly of his fight for freedom. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A valuable revisionist look at one of the key figures of modern American music."
Scottish music critic Tingen examines the controversial second half of Miles Davis's career, when he performed with electric bands. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Proponents of an activist central government will find intellectual comfort in these pages—but they will give anti-federalists fits."
A novel consideration of American history offers a fresh view of a foundational document. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A little late to take advantage of this year's festivities, but readers with an interest in presidential history will find it worthwhile."
White House fun-facts-compiler Boller (Presidential Anecdotes, not reviewed) provides an entertaining catalogue of material about a president's happiest day. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A thoughtful and fascinating account."
A well-crafted study of the treatment of the disabled in early American society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2001

"Uneven, but of considerable interest to students of African-American history and biography."
An African-American writer finds his family's roots in a longstanding historical controversy. 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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A fine rendering of Hammett's life in his own words—and a remarkable slice of Americana."
An illuminating collection of the famed writer's letters. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A riveting account of a gentle man overwhelmed by one of the waves of American hysteria that occasionally obliterate our national common sense."
A poignant, distressing portrait of Arvin (1900-63), one of our premier literary critics, whose distinguished career as a professor and writer was destroyed by the revelation of his homosexuality. 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 >