Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

SLAVES IN THE FAMILY by Edward Ball
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 1998

"Together, their searing, soul-searching grappling with past sins strikes deep at the heart of the country's enduring racial division. (First serial to the New Yorker)"
A journalist's exhaustively researched, intensely personal quest confronts the legacy of slavery connecting his South Carolina family and the people they enslaved. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"While testing the general reader's patience at times, this should prove an exhaustive resource for intellectual historians and a fitting foundation myth for future Africanists to look back to. (36 b&w photos, 8 maps, not seen) (Author tour)"
The genial but almost overwhelmingly painstaking autobiography of a founding figure in the field of African history. Read full book review >

MERRILL MARKOE'S GUIDE TO LOVE by Merrill Markoe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A fun romp through the sillier side of love, best savored in small does."
Markoe (How to Be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me, 1994), a columnist and Emmy Awardwinning former writer for David Letterman, is like a sassy friend who's fun to spend time with—although maybe not too much time all at once. Read full book review >
AMERICAN SPHINX by Joseph J. Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"A thoughtful and respectful, but not worshipful, reassessment of the enduring meaning of Jefferson's life and work. (History Book Club main selection)"
In the latest of a spate of books on his legacy, Ellis (History/Mount Holyoke Coll.; Passionate Sage, 1993) argues that Thomas Jefferson was neither the saintly hero of myth nor the devious hypocrite depicted by some revisionist studies, but a protean character whose complex qualities evoke the best and worst aspects of our history and culture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"She's a mother, a loving mother, a good mother."
Dispatches from the parenting front line—pungent and funny and spot-on—from Winik. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1997

"Though this is unsatisfying as a skim-milk latte in places, Schultz is less a braggart and more a true believer than many CEOs, and (with Business Week staffer Yang) he provides a pleasing read. ($300,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A chatty history of Starbucks by its CEO, who announces that he considers the company to be only in its third chapter (which is nowhere near the eleventh). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Thomas's alleged characterization of his sister as a welfare dependent)."
To the likely delight of liberals and the fury of conservatives, this collection of original essays on last year's acrimonious confirmation controversy makes no pretense to ideological balance or impartiality. Read full book review >
SPEAKING FREELY by Nat Hentoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Perhaps Hentoff understood that, as interesting as his life may have been, the world needs ideas expressed clearly more than it needs another memoir."
Memos packaged as a memoir from Village Voice and Washington Post columnist Hentoff (Listen to the Stories, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH by Bill T. Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 1995

"A courageous yet curiously incomplete self-examination. (b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The current baddest boy of postmodern dance offers a passionate, uneven as-told-to autobiography. Read full book review >
HIGHCASTLE by Stanislaw Lem
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A charming, effervescent memoir from a writer who consistently transcends genre."
The brilliant Polish science-fiction writer (Peace on Earth, 1994, etc.) reflects on his childhood between world wars. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 24, 1995

"An inspired idea that fails to deliver the optimistic message of progress the author promises."
A working mother paints the portraits of five role models: women who combined extraordinary achievement with lasting marriage, to varying degrees of success. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Like a black-and-white war film: sweet, a little corny, unbearably sad."
This epistolary relationship is a throwback to an era of kinder, gentler romances. 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 >