Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

NICCOLÒ’S SMILE by Maurizio Viroli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Intriguing, but best for those with a particular interest in Machiavelli or 16th-century Italian politics."
A chronicle of how Machiavelli's unforgiving and complex view towards politics and leadership coexisted with an unusual generosity of spirit. Read full book review >
ROOSEVELT AND CHURCHILL by David Stafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A swift, well-documented assessment of the relationship's 'volatile mix of friendship, rivalry and resentment.' (13 b&w photos)"
A behind-the-scenes analysis of the relationship between a president and a prime minister—"a powerful personal link that bridged the Atlantic and helped win the war." Read full book review >

POINTS UNKNOWN by David Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Still, Roberts's anthology has its virtues, and readers will find plenty to enjoy."
Intrepid adventurers face the elements—and sometimes live to tell the tale. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Call it dull on ice."
A grinding memoir of life in the Alaskan wild. Read full book review >
PRINCE HENRY “THE NAVIGATOR” by Peter Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A complete, scholarly, and thoroughly readable look at one of the key shapers of the modern world—lavishly illustrated with period maps and paintings."
An illuminating and well-written life of the founding figure of the Age of Exploration. Read full book review >

PERSIAN MIRRORS by Elaine Sciolino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Vivid reporting combines with perceptive insights in this fascinating venture behind the distorting mirrors. An important book."
A timely examination of the politics and culture of Iran, courtesy of New York Times correspondent Sciolino. Read full book review >
THE BOXER’S HEART by Kate Sekules
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2000

"Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee."
British journalist Sekules (Food and Wine), looking for a better workout, laces on the gloves and falls in love with jabs and hooks and uppercuts. 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 >
MATTERS OF STATE by Philip Hamburger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Marvelous, gentle, uncynical, lyrical—everything that American politics itself is not."
More than 50 years' worth of reminiscences from a longtime political observer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"In a short account, Berlinski has wrought an astonishing synthesis—a sort of essential Newton for those not fearing to tread in mathematical waters."
An exuberant, enlightening account of Newtonian mechanics by Princeton mathematician turned mystery novelist and essayist (The Body Shop, 1996, etc.). 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 >