Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

THE KENNEDY MEN by Laurence Leamer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2001

"Historians will wince at some of the hyperbole and speculative conclusions, but Kennedy junkies will gobble it up."
First of a projected two volumes, pulling together in sometimes mind-numbing detail the lives of the men in a family that dominated the American imagination during the last half of the 20th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Vibrant and delightful, if a touch self-indulgent—but a humanizing look at the rich and famous of the past six decades above all."
A vivacious memoir by etiquette and style maven Baldrige that recounts, with humor and personal insight, her experiences in the diplomatic corps, the White House, and as a Tiffany senior executive, among others. Read full book review >

DAVE BARRY HITS BELOW THE BELTWAY by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Dave Barry Is Still At It. Laughing will only encourage him—but that would be okay."
Dave Barry has written more than a score of funny books, a full 69% of them bearing the words "Dave Barry" in the title (Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998, etc.). Now, maintaining Dave Barry's high standards, Dave Barry turns political pundit, employing Dave Barry's firm grip on matters governmental as well as a lot of other foolishness. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Read Fred Howard's Wilbur and Orville (1987) for the biography. Read this for the pictures."
A coffee-table chronicle of the Wright brothers that contains hundreds of superb photographs and illustrations accompanied by a serviceable text. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Well-researched, but vulgar and plodding."
Bloated, stumbling account of Janet Auchincloss, her family, and the social world that produced Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Read full book review >

ISADORA by Peter Kurth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2001

"Duncan's star has faded somewhat, and Kurth's life should restore some of its shine. Fans of modern dance and 20th-century cultural history will find this rewarding."
A well-detailed if unevenly paced life of the renowned American dancer, who craved and courted fame and earned it even in the manner of her death. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Merits a spot on the top step of the podium. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Tension builds along with skills as two American swimmers prepare for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Read full book review >
HOOP ROOTS by John Edgar Wideman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"A creative, rambling blend of memoir, fiction, and essay."
Novelist Wideman (The Cattle Killing, 1996, etc.) uses basketball as a doorway through which to glimpse black manhood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"An engaging history, especially appropriate for travel enthusiasts."
An ardent, readable history, by British travel writer and biographer Botting (Gerald Durrell, 1999, etc.), traces the rise and fall (or self-immolation) of Zeppelin travel. Read full book review >
THE SWEET HELL INSIDE by Edward Ball
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"An illuminating chapter in the history of African-American family life, and in the American story generally."
A welcome sequel, of sorts, to Ball's well-received Slaves in the Family (1998). Read full book review >
SKY OF STONE by Homer Hickam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"This concluding volume has the feel of literary durability about it, even more than the much-ballyhooed Rocket Boys (1998)."
Hickam's third installment in his bestselling memoir (The Coalwood Way, 2000, etc.) about coal country West Virginia is, pleasingly, more leathery than the sentimental earlier material as he attains his college years and must return to Coalwood under difficult circumstances. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"No one sees films quite the way Field does. An engineer's report on film construction and the view of an original thinker worth appreciating."
The master teacher of screenplay writing charts his Alger-like rise in the film world and reveals himself to be a true Hollywood character. 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 >