History Book Reviews (page 920)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An attractive account of a complex and significant period in English history. (8 pages color illustrations, b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Seward (Metternich, 1991, etc.) retells the story of England's 15th-century dynastic struggles by focusing on five of its most colorful protagonists. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A first-rate cultural history, of interest to both the art historian and the general reader. (245 illustrations, not seen)"
An enlightening history of the later, transatlantic phase of the Surrealist movement (19381947), which, when caught in the throes of WW II, inadvertently came in close contact with a new generation of vanguard American painters. Read full book review >

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE SUPREME COURT by Rodney A. Smolla
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A yawner from the Fourth Estate."
Eight legal correspondents and two law professors submit workmanlike essays on some major decisions of the 199293 Supreme Court. Read full book review >
STREETS by Bella Spewack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A study in personal determination, but lacking the literary touches that allow us to see and experience a life. (10 b&w photos, not seen)"
A vitriolic look back at a childhood of poverty by an Eastern European immigrant at the start of the 20th century. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A reminder that the past is unknowable and that history is whatever historians say it is."
A 19th-century unsolved murder is probed in an analysis that makes a good run at being both solidly academic and convincingly mysterious but comes up wanting on both counts. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Engrossing reminiscences of a genuinely singular life that seem almost certain to awaken bitter memories of unforgiven trespasses."
Selective albeit generally absorbing recollections from an improbable stormy petrel who held important posts in two Republican administrations. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Hobbled by a sometimes turgid prose style, Banning's discussion of Madison's ideas never sufficiently renders him a flesh-and-blood person."
Banning (History/Univ. of Kentucky; Jefferson and Madison: Three Conversations from the Founding, 1995, etc.) offers a dry-as- dust intellectual history of James Madison's evolution from ardent Federalist to partisan opponent of the Washington administration. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"But if Churchill sometimes overstates his case, he nonetheless poignantly demonstrates that whites have a lot to make up for."
Eighteen essays, most previously published in collections and small journals, detailing the injustices perpetrated against the Native American by more recent arrivals. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Deloria should have stuck to his fundamentalist guns; his attempt to fight science with science is a dismal failure."
The first of a proposed trilogy attacking Western science, religion, and government. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"If only Eisenberg had followed his advice."
More of a quickie tour than genuine travels among the world's most distinctiveand most religiously extremeJews. Read full book review >
WRITING AND BEING by Nadine Gordimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A well-argued brief for writers and writing to which Gordimer's South African experience adds a unique perspective."
With one uncharacteristically personal and moving exception, Gordimer (None to Accompany Me, 1994, etc.) offers crisp and richly allusive explorations of the tensions between a writer's art and the realities of life in six essays first delivered as the 1994 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard. Read full book review >
TSAR by Peter Kurth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A moving and groundbreaking presentation (the companion volume to a National Geographic TV special) that will fascinate readers of every sort. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A riveting photographic record of the lives of Nicholas and Alexandra that emphasizes their sheltered world and its consequences, both personal and political. 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 >