Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"If you skip the preaching to the choir and the film-school analysis, Louvish's wide-eyed love for his subjects' simple, forthright, and hardworking desire to please will bring down the house. (Filmography and 52 b&w photos)"
A fan's gleeful, if excessive, double-take on the beloved bumblers of silent and talking picture fame, seeing their prodigious pile of slapstick misadventures as high art. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2002

"The rotting underside of a lovely, fragile leaf. Disturbing. (16 b&w photographs; 14 maps, not seen)"
A journalist repudiates the usual Discovery Channel views of the remarkable islands and examines the lives of the many who call the Galápagos home. Read full book review >

RORY & ITA by Roddy Doyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"A sweet, inoffensive, rambling oral history of a writer's respectable, hardworking, warmly dignified parents. Marriage never sounded quite so good."
The Booker Prize-winner and the Irish working-class's Marcel Proust (A Star Called Henry, 1999, etc.) offers a nonfiction account of his parents' reminiscences "about the people they were before they were my parents," continuing through WWII and into their senior years. Read full book review >
SAINT AUGUSTINE’S MEMORY by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"Essential for students of the Church, and a vigorous and readable version of one of Western literature's canonical works."
The second installment in prolific classicist and political theorist Wills's ongoing, thoroughly brilliant translation of St. Augustine's Confessions (St. Augustine's Childhood: Confessiones, 2001). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2002

"An altogether valuable addition to the historical literature."
A lucid study of how FDR's evolving vision of postwar Europe, enacted by Truman, prevented a recapitulation of Versailles and allowed for the rise of a prosperous, democratic, peaceable Germany. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2002

"A skillful, persuasive blend of history and polemic, sure to incite controversy and to earn its author much attention."
Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners (1996) may have "unwittingly provoked a moral uproar," but there's nothing unwitting about this provocative work, an unblinking consideration of the role of Catholic doctrine in the machinery of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
SELDOM by Dawn Rae Downton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"More descriptive than analytical, but a memorable portrait of a family fiercely loyal and loving to all but their unspeakable father."
A granddaughter mixes local lore and family history in the story of her mother's family in Newfoundland, where sudden death is usual. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A human sunrise."
Pure gold, as Zollo does a Studs Terkel on Old Hollywood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A distinguished accomplishment that radiates both intelligence and spiritual awareness. Informative and moving. (line illustrations, b&w photos)"
Incisively told, remarkable story of a long journey from the hills of Burma to Cambridge University, from a young Burmese man now living in Britain. Read full book review >
THE REHNQUIST COURT by Herman Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Expect worse, the authors warn, should Bush get a shot at appointing another justice. Those inclined to think that the present judiciary is awful enough will find plenty of ammunition in these pages."
Broaden the powers of the police, attack women's right to choose, erode a few personal freedoms, and crown a right-wing president against the will of the people, and voilà: "Ronald Reagan's efforts to reshape the American judiciary have succeeded." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Solid if never thrilling—a shame, given the inherently fascinating nature of the subject."
A noteworthy victim of the Inquisition—not altogether innocent, but a victim all the same—earns homage in this slender, somewhat unsatisfying biography. Read full book review >
WRAPPED IN RAINBOWS by Valerie Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2003

"Brings one of the most pivotal figures in 20th-century literature brilliantly to life. (25 b&w photos, not seen. Published in conjunction with the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities in Eatonville, Florida.)"
From Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor and critic Boyd, a definitive biography of the groundbreaking novelist, playwright, and anthropologist. 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 >