History Book Reviews (page 928)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Rigorous in its intellectual ponderings, stirring in its personal revelations."
An academic dares to veer from the formality of scholarly prose and talk frankly as a black woman about her experiences in the community, the university, and this nation. Read full book review >
AT HOME IN THE WORLD by Michael Jackson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Jackson's ethnography stands on its own as an exploration of the main theme, but his poetry and his philosophizing are often arbitrary and a bit invasive."
A disconcerting blend of ethnography, poetry, and philosophy that attempts to answer the question of what it means to be at home in the world. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"She was a rabid Welsh nationalist and Francophile, a combination rarely met outside a production of Henry V.'' The engaging recollections of a keen observer who looks back in ironic bemusement at horrific times he survived in remarkably good humor."
A well-born German Jew's immensely appealing reminiscences of his seven-year odyssey as a guest and then an officer of the British Crown. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"For the moment, Peck seems to have run out of road."
Severe inflammation of the ego is in evidence as ex-therapist Peck (Further Along the Road Less Traveled, 1993, etc.) muses on life and recounts his 21-day tour of Great Britain's ancient megalithic sites. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"An almost too judicious reappraisal of a workhorse outfit, redeemed in large measure by the heartfelt tributes it pays to those who did the fighting and dying. (photos, maps)"
A diligent, workmanlike account of the frequently overlooked (or deprecated) contributions to the Allied cause made by the UK's Bomber Command during WW II. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A remarkable work, at once a rich analysis of Italian culture and politics, a real-life conspiracy-theory thriller, and a psychological portrait of two bona fide heroes."
A deep and devastating account of the assassination of Italy's top two anti-Mafia prosecutors. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Entertaining, but it could've added up to more."
An absorbing but diffuse narrative by an American reporter questing to penetrate the rainforest world of Brazil's nomadic gold miners, or garimpeiros. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Provocative reading, whatever your point of view."
American pragmatism and delight in clashing values characterize this well-informed survey of contemporary moral issues. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"Hardly unbiased, but an important close-quarters view of a complex president and human being. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
FDR's life was like a multi-sided house whose shape could not be discerned in one glimpse. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A good idea, executed in a manner that will reinforce the widely held opinion that history is boring."
A historian celebrates America's democratic past with an overview of fundamental changes in American culture. Read full book review >
JEWISH STATE OR ISRAELI NATION? by Boas Evron
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A pseudo-intellectual drive-by with a misfiring Uzi."
A jaded, outdated manifesto of post-Zionism by an Israeli journalist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Fairclough has documented an American success story in this valuable contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement."
A richly detailed, scholarly examination of the rise of the civil rights movement in Louisiana. 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 >