Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

YOU ARE NOT I by Millicent Dillon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"The autobiographical elements are overplayed, although such elements as the arrival of a second, rival biographer and Dillon's sense that she is trapped in a Bowles novel are so intriguing, one excuses their irrelevance. (15 b&w photos)"
This jumbled but ever readable account of the expatriate composer and author is not so much a biography as a meditation on the biographical process and its pitfalls. Read full book review >
HEADING SOUTH, LOOKING NORTH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Still, Dorfman's account is slow going through the first half but picks up greatly once the dangers he faced become clear, and he has sharp insights into Chile's political situation."
Novelist Dorfman's (Konfidenz, 1995, etc.) memoir shakes up the term Latino, as he plots the course of "a hybrid, part Yankee, part Chilean, a pinch Jew, a mestizo in search of a center," who becomes an outspoken Chilean exile campaigning for the self-determination of the Americas. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A breezy prose rendering of the interview style that has made King a one-man multimedia mogul. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Radio and TV satellite tour)"
CNN talk show host/newspaper columnist/author King takes on the future here, asking various movers and shakers their thoughts on what the next century holds. Read full book review >
JUST AS I THOUGHT by Grace Paley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A book to be dipped into repeatedly, if not read cover-to-cover, but a fine companion to Paley's memorable fictions."
The inimitable Paley has already given us her Collected Stories (1994); now we get a collection of nonfiction, drawn from the past 30 years. Read full book review >
WITH NAILS by Richard E. Grant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1998

"But you—d be hard pressed to find an American actor who could deliver such a refreshing combination of comedy, confession, and coruscation. (14 b&w photos)"
With just the right smattering of poison in his pen, this Swazi/British actor recounts the daily trials and tribulations of making movies. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1998

"With the dropping of names from Wyandanch to Spielberg, Book Hampton should have trouble keeping it in stock."
Gaines has written a page-turner, and the Hamptons have a historian and folklorist who fits them like a glove. Read full book review >
THE LYNCHING OF CLEO WRIGHT by Jr. Capeci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"Capeci does a service in shining the light of history on the little-known incident that 'signaled the beginning of the end of one kind of racial oppression,' but it raises more questions than it answers about the pivotal, lasting impact of Wright's lynching. (7 b&w photos, not seen)"
A pat, scholarly reconstruction and analysis of the 1942 incident that occasioned the first federal investigation of lynching. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"Relentlessly disappointing. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
Chadwick (Brother Against Brother, 1997) recounts what are by now well-known details in the lives of Lincoln, the prairie stalwart, and Davis, the gentleman farmer from Mississippi, who respectively led the United States and the Confederate States during the Civil War. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"Crowley might have helped us navigate our prejudices but, alas, is more apologist than guide. (Author tour)"
A hagiographic account of the last years of Richard M. Nixon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"A splendid narrative history, perceptive, authoritative, and moving. (b&w photos, map, not seen)"
Distinguished historian Davis ably probes the lives of three legendary figures, finding much to illuminate the nature of frontier life in early America. Read full book review >
COMBAT SWIMMER by Robert A. Gormly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"A candid and unstinting military memoir. (8 pages b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Captain Gormly, USN (Ret.), a much-decorated, high-ranking SEAL who served for all of 29 years in this elite, secret arm of the navy, recalls his high-risk tours of duty in Vietnam, Granada, the Persian Gulf, and the suspense-filled mission to capture the hijackers of the Achille Lauro. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"The insights are worth the cover price anyhow, despite the author's occasional reactionary comments and his priggishness."
A fusty, indignant report—dated 1983—from Tibet by Harrer (Seven Years in Tibet, not reviewed), the now-celebrated adventurer who briefly returned to his "second home" 30 years after fleeing China's invasion. 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 >