History Book Reviews (page 918)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Written with the help of Orbach's daughter, this is totally compelling, and one of the rarer stories of the Holocaust. (illustrations, not seen)"
An exciting and unusual mixture of Holocaust journal, coming-of-age story, and memoir of life on the seedy underside of Berlin during WW II. Read full book review >
FOR YOU, LILI MARLENE by Robert Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Donne notwithstanding, the youthful Peters emerges as a narrow, self-absorbed island in the sea of destruction and human misery that engulfed the Continent before the guns fell silent. (13 b&w photos, not seen)"
Vapid reminiscences of rear-echelon service with the US Army during WW II. Read full book review >

THOMAS MANN by Donald Prater
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"True illumination, however, awaits someone who will take these two aspects together and add the missing ingredient: imaginative spark."
This elegant but overly cautious study of Mann concentrates on narrating how the Nobel Prizewinning German novelist, caught in the mid-20th century's maelstroms, stepped forward to become a spokesman for enlightened humanism. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE ALLIES by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"But for all its heroism and insight, of all Solzhenitsyn's books this may be the least satisfactory: His respect for those who helped him and his own reticence on personal matters join to make it perhaps the closest thing he has ever written to socialist realist odes to heroic tractor drivers."
A portion of Solzhenitsyn's memoir, The Oak and the Calf (1980), that could not be published originally because it reveals his allies in the Soviet Union and how he managed to get his writings out of the country. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Complete with anecdotal particulars and big-picture perspectives, a stunningly effective chronicle of a vanguard state's coming of age. (25 halftones, not seen)"
A first-rate, vivid, verbal diorama of the varied events that formed and reformed California during the convulsive decade before WW II, from the state's librarian and author of Inventing the Dream (1985, etc.). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A literary challenge and a companion for the common reader, whoever that may be, of 20th-century poetry."
A brief but stimulating meditation on four significant American poets by an indispensable critic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Despite this lack of documentation, Weitz tells a good story of some obscure heroines of France's dark years."
An oral history of women who served courageously and well in a variety of roles in the French Resistance in WW II. Read full book review >
ALL RIVERS RUN TO THE SEA by Elie Wiesel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"And he ceaselessly pricks the conscience of a world that thinks it is possible to have heard 'enough' about the Holocaust."
Drenched with sad yearning, yet narrated with simplicity in the limpid singsong that distinguishes his oral as well as written narrative, Wiesel's memoir reveals much, if not enough, about the man whose purpose in life has been to testify to the fate of his people. Read full book review >
THE RECKLESS DECADE by H.W. Brands
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Narratively not always up to its best moments, but well researched and accessible; a persuasive reminder that we should look back over our shoulder at what has gone before."
A historian peels the romantic veneer off the good old days of late-19th-century America. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Dyson's wisdom is a needed antidote to the poisons of racial hatred and gender inequality ever present in our lives."
One of our most important black intellectuals limns the lives of black Americans with subtle, lucid rigor. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"But King's brief treatment leaves too many important questions unexplored, and the result is ultimately unsatisfying. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
It is a maxim of social theory that slavery wreaked its greatest destruction on the black family. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The book bears some signs of haste in its composition, but its somber and persuasive message should gain it wide and deserved attention."
A courageous book by one of the most distinguished living Irishmen (now pro-chancellor of the University of Dublin and an editor of both the Observer and the Atlantic Monthly), which slices through the superficial optimism currently prevailing about Northern Ireland. 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 >