History Book Reviews (page 930)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 1996

"It is likely to be a standard in its field for decades—more time than Wasserstein gives the vanishing diaspora of Europe."
A lucid and comprehensive chronicle of the perils of postwar European Jewry. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 1996

"Undoubtedly, though, the situation of women was more complex than previously thought, and this riveting drama of an ambiguous heroine sheds light on that bygone age. (illustrations, not seen) (History Book Club alternate selection)"
An absorbing true story of sexual intrigue, legal battles, filial piety, and social history in 16th-century Germany. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 1996

Straight from the heart and the boob tube, Montel's memoir offers simplistic, ``as seen on TV'' solutions to complex problems. Read full book review >
INTEGRITY by Stephen L. Carter
NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 1996

"Carter has a supple mind and readable style, but these are overwhelmed by the overinflated and underrealized material. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In the footsteps of fellow virtuecrats such as William Bennett and Michael Lewis, another ringing defense of the obvious. Read full book review >
TROTSKY by Dmitri Volkogonov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 1996

"An authoritative and definitive biography of a figure instrumental in shaping the 20th century. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealing biography of perhaps the most tragic figure of the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >

BLOOMSBURY RECALLED by Quentin Bell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 1996

"Or worse, like sitting in someone's living room and being forced to go through their family photo albums. (18 b&w illustrations)"
Brief, disjointed autobiographical remembrances of Bloomsbury's great and not-so-great from one of its last surviving members. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 1996

"Marxism- Leninism than anything Solzhenitsyn published''—but a valuable introduction to an important and hitherto neglected figure. (illustrations, maps)"
The first biography of Grossman, who, though little known in the West, is regarded as one of the great Russian novelists of this century. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 1996

"Told in an easy, anecdotal style, Squires's complex story affords a microcosmic view of the nation's political evolution in the last half century."
A sometimes eye-goggling history of political corruption in one corner of the postwar South. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 1996

"Well researched, complexly conceived, and clearly written, Brombert's life of Manet achieves a balanced synthesis of art criticism, historical repotage, and biography. (70 b&w photos, not seen)"
This biography of Edouard Manet (183283) captures the significance of one of modern art's founding figures. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 1996

"Though repetitive at times in its inclusiveness, this is a fine, caring social history that also offers surprising insights into the development of the southern American woman's consciousness. (38 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A wonderfully researched chronicle of a largely unexamined social elite that enriches the fields of Civil War and women's studies. Read full book review >
LIFE OF A POET by Ralph Freedman
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A fine study that is scholarly yet readable and admirably brings the poet's feckless life into balance with his artistic achievement. (photos, not seen)"
The sublime poet's selfish character, impulsive amours, and artistic development recounted in illuminating detail. ``Rilke was a jerk,'' wrote poet John Berryman in his Dream Songs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

A comprehensive history of recent Nicaraguan-American relations, written by a man who helped shape that ``bloody and conflict-ridden embrace.'' Kagan, a policy advisor in the Reagan administration, is refreshingly self-critical; ``The ambivalent soul of America has consistently sought the fruits of hegemony in this hemisphere but just as consistently balked at the moral costs of exercising it.'' But he is not overly apologetic for the Reagan administration's missteps, which came out of a domino-theory policy of armed confrontation with the avowedly Marxist Sandinista regime in the form of covert action, or what officials called ``the lowball option.'' Thanks to the Iran-contra scandal that arose from the use of that option, Kagan concedes, even Republican stalwarts had to recognize that the Reagan doctrine of containment was a failure. 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 >