History Book Reviews (page 919)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Lacking the visceral excitement of a Papillon, but memorable for Pokhrel's idealism, humanity, and unflagging determination to live. (8 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An inspiring memoir of a Nepalese political prisoner who survived months of incarceration, witnessed the demise of her country's oppressive government in 1990, and went on to enjoy a fairy-tale romance and marriage. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 30, 1996

"With these measures in place, they would add another member to the family—Big Brother."
An ultimately creepy look at intolerance on campus and how it should be countered. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 25, 1996

"Often awkward, even strained, his prose has a rushed journalistic feel to it, certainly a far cry from the polish he displays as a playwright and memoirist."
Nobelist Soyinka (Art, Dialogue, and Outrage, 1994; Ake, 1982; etc.) takes on the despotic regime of his native Nigeria in this series of scathing jeremiads. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 1996

"A modest and likeable narrator, Twofeathers avoids the self- righteous polemics sometimes found in this genre, and while the gorier sections are initially jolting, his aplomb in withstanding pain and coming back for more lends a certain normalcy to this ritual."
A casual account of intensely painful ceremonial rituals that provide pathways to the spiritual world of the Shoshoni and Lakota peoples. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 19, 1996

"Still, in the end the authors have skillfully portrayed a Justice Department that is intrinsically honest, but plagued by growing pains as it struggles to adapt to new threats and rules."
A lively and highly informative look at the modern Justice Department's criminal division, by two veteran Washington reporters. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 1996

"Still, an appealing human portrait emerges of one of the nation's most eminent governors."
A hagiographic authorized bio of New Jersey's governor, by her personal friend. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 17, 1996

"Nonetheless, Williamson does raise some disturbing questions about the will of America to enforce its laws, to control its borders, and to define and protect its identity."
Williamson (Roughnecking It, 1982, etc.) examines the intertwined economic and moral issues presented by the immigration debate. Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS OF A RADICAL MODERATE by Elliot Richardson
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1996

"His hopeful book is a welcome relief from the gloom-and-doom polemics that now overfill the current-events stacks."
A humane, optimistic view of national politics from a longtime Washington insider. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1996

"Anyone desiring to be informed about race issues and sports should read it."
A prominent sports-law specialist sends down an indictment of racism in sports that is occasionally dense and difficult to read but impossible to ignore. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 1996

"Still, Johnny Spain's life story is so powerful, and so inspirational, that it overcomes its narrator's limitations. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A moving journey through a black activist's turbulent life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 1996

"An intelligent and well-reasoned effort, but Berman tries to cover too much ground; there are enough ideas here for five books and too little development for one. (Author tour)"
A provocative but desultory history, ultimately adding up to little, in which Berman (ed., Blacks and Jews, 1994, etc.) compares the radical political movements in 1968 with the liberal democratic revolution of 1989 in Europe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Although the promise of the title is not kept, tucked away in an appendix are some informative assessments of AARP's principal products, such as various types of insurance, mutual funds, and travel discounts. (Author tour)"
A cursory analysis of the structure and financing of Social Security and Medicare masquerading as an unveiling of the AARP. 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 >