History Book Reviews (page 94)

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 2005

"A worthy companion to V. K. Arseniev's Dersu the Trapper, Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams and other landmark books of the Far North."
Extraordinary fieldnotes from the remotest fringes of the reindeer economy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Wilderness stories that will leave you agape and agog."
Western novelist Blevins (Ravenshadow, 1999, etc.) spins robust, theatrical and mostly true tales of early-19th-century American mountain men. Read full book review >

STILL LOOKING by John Updike
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2005

"It's impossible to come away from this without an enriched sense of the depth and power of painting. Updike gives us the fading art of criticism at peak performance."
The undauntable Updike (Seek My Face, 2002, etc.) sails gracefully through another series of exhibition reviews. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2005

"An exceedingly, commendably unique eyewitness account of a country in transition, told by a charming young narrator."
What did you do over summer vacation? Akbar spent his—actually three of them—in Kunar, Afghanistan, with his father, a repatriated Afghan who happened to be tight with President Hamid Karzai. Read full book review >
THE TRANSFORMATION OF IRELAND by Diarmaid Ferriter
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"An assumption-rattling landmark in modern Irish historical writing."
If Ireland is now the Celtic Tiger, a marvel of the modern world economy, it's no thanks to many of the nation's institutions over the past century. Read full book review >

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE by James Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Sure to be hated by Harold Bloom and others who view any attempt to locate the Bard in history as blasphemy against the religion of Pure Art, but open-minded readers will be stimulated and enriched by Shapiro's contextual approach."
An intriguing addition to Shakespeare studies, stressing his immersion in the issues of his time. Read full book review >
FORTY WAYS TO LOOK AT JFK by Gretchen Rubin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Fascinating presentation of what, for most Americans, made Kennedy who he was."
The 1,037 days of Camelot and the life preordained to produce it. What was real, and what wasn't? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A wholly fascinating, evocative glimpse of a harsh, lost world."
Disarmingly captivating memoir of an Englishman's coming-of-age among the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic in the 1930s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2005

"An incredible tale told with intensity by two very lucky people."
Gripping account of journalist Garen's kidnapping in southern Iraq and his fiancée's efforts in the U.S. to secure his release. Read full book review >
THE THIRD REICH IN POWER by Richard J. Evans
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"A superb account of the growth and day-to-day functioning of the Nazi state."
Attaining power is one thing, as the first volume—The Coming of the Third Reich (2004)—in Cambridge historian Evans's trilogy on Nazi Germany demonstrated. The challenge is keeping it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2005

"The truth about American history's most accomplished mythmaker turns out to be stranger than his many fictions."
A lively reconstruction of what really happened in William Cody's life. Read full book review >
ONE BULLET AWAY by Nathaniel Fick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2005

"One can hardly imagine a finer boots-on-the-ground chronicle of this open-ended conflict, no matter how long it may last."
From the front lines in the war on terror, a former Marine captain's lucid account of his transformation from privileged college student to fighter in Afghanistan and Iraq. 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 >