Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being."
Full-immersion journalist Kidder (Home Town, 1999, etc.) tries valiantly to keep up with a front-line, muddy-and-bloody general in the war against infectious disease in Haiti and elsewhere. Read full book review >
NATIVE STATE by Tony Cohan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Sometimes vivid, sometimes flaccid: at its best when conveying the unsettled feel of the birth of the '60s."
Snapshots of old Hollywood and visions of beatnik Europe are interleaved in a memoir that explores the relationship between father and son. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Occasionally sluggish prose, but serviceable enough to convey ideas of great consequence. (15 b&w photos)"
An exploration of the personalities and sociopolitical forces that brought together President William McKinley and assassin Leon Czolgosz on Sept. 6, 1901. Read full book review >
JESUS SOUND EXPLOSION by Mark Curtis Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Unusual, worthy of consideration, and admirable for the spiritual questions it raises."
Charming, thoughtful debut memoir of a Baptist adolescent's drift towards earthly temptation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A little gem, but it's excruciating to imagine paying the price for the material."
It all started with the Les Paul guitar he didn't get for Christmas. Read full book review >

PIERRE TOUSSAINT by Arthur Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"An engaging picture of a life that was, in itself, a miracle."
The rags-to-respect story of a Haitian-born slave whose emigration to NYC unfolded a lifetime of good works in the name of faith that now prompt proposals to make him the first black American Catholic saint. Read full book review >
APPLEBY HOUSE by Sylvia Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"For living-theater fans only."
A plain-Jane year in the life of a single woman in London, told with deadening restraint. Read full book review >
WILLIAM MCKINLEY by Kevin Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An instructive, graceful look at a neglected presidency."
An engaging life of the stoical Buckeye politician, whom Phillips (Wealth and Democracy, 2002, etc.) reckons to be "an upright and effective president of the solid second rank." Read full book review >
70 NOT OUT by William Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A serviceable reference for fans and moviegoers."
Every fact has its day, but insights are rare in this comprehensive yet lackluster biography of the recently knighted actor by a veteran British celebrity chronicler. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A notable effort, essential for the study of the civil-rights movement."
A collection of primary, hitherto unknown documents in the history of the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >
FIGHTER BOYS by Patrick Bishop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2003

"Nicely written and rich in detail: a winner for students of aerial warfare."
A spirited account of what Winston Churchill deemed the Royal Air Force's "finest hour": the defense of English skies against the advancing Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940. Read full book review >
LOSING MY FACULTIES by Brendan Halpin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 19, 2003

"The ups and downs of the teaching profession may leave Halpin feeling like a basketball, but thankfully he isn't full of hot air."
After detailing his wife's struggle with breast cancer, the author of It Takes a Worried Man (2002) turns to a more cheerful topic: his life as a high-school teacher. 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 >