History Book Reviews (page 942)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Passionate and absorbing, this leaves one wondering: Why is there no national monument honoring John Quincy Adams? (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
One might expect a voluminous, minutely detailed narrative of parliamentary maneuvers on the floor of the 24th through 28th Congresses (183545) to be tedious. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Some intriguing insights, but Schneiderman is guilty of mantling a core of good sense with both the unnecessary and the unexamined. (Author tour)"
Two cheers for hypocrisy in this thoughtful but overdone and overlong celebration of shame. Read full book review >

MISSISSIPPI by Anthony  Walton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"As for the rest, Walton adds little to our understanding of the pressing tensions between blacks and whites. (12 photos, not seen)"
A young black journalist returning to find his roots in Mississippi makes the unsurprising discovery that circumstances there have been generally unfavorable to African-Americans. Read full book review >
ON GRIEF AND REASON by Joseph Brodsky
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

In the best of these recent essays, Nobelist Brodsky achieves a unique synthesis of philosophical acumen and literary craftsmanship: considering the exigencies of exile together with those of poetry, reflecting on ethics and aesthetics. Read full book review >
FRANCE IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY by Frederic J. Baumgartner
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 11, 1995

"French history, Baumgartner's work is nevertheless important for examining the foundations of French absolutism of the 17th and 18th centuries."
A comprehensive study of France's transition from the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, to the ancien rÇgime. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 1995

"Given such sketchy and unverifiable material, this book will garner little understanding for a growing problem."
This examination of the rise of Vietnamese youth gangs relies heavily on Du Phuoc Long's work as a juvenile rehabilitation counselor in Santa Clara County, Calif. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 7, 1995

"A welcome association of sense and sensibility. (27 illustrations)"
Sanity, sanity, sanity, as Steiner squarely addresses a number of contemporary cultural conflicts and teases out their subtler meanings. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 1995

"McClain's warm, wise, funny, and provocative book is must reading for all who work for a Jewish future."
Easily the most eloquent, impactive, and therapeutic treatment ever written about Jewry's sacred bogeyman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 1995

"Although less than striking in literary terms and too self- consciously preoccupied with the overworked theme of healing, this nevertheless offers unforgettable insight into the lasting emotional damage that war inflicts on women and children especially—a subject of acute interest today."
This feminist, literature-as-therapy memoir offers a disturbing and timely commentary on the fate of women in war. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 4, 1995

"A rare combination of documented facts and moving storytelling. (16 pages b&w photos, maps, not seen)"
The triumphs and trials of a small Virginia community that lay directly in the paths of the warring Union and Confederate armies, superbly chronicled by historian Sutherland (Univ. of Arkansas; The Expansion of Everyday Life: 18601876, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A potentially intriguing subject, but the authors miss the real story by taking such an oddly unrepresentative group of subjects."
Eleven marginally Jewish subjects talk about their lives as Jews in East, West, and united Germany. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"At that point, this book will become either an important introduction to a new approach to American democracy or an interesting footnote to a failed experiment."
An extended briefing paper on a nationally televised ``deliberative poll'' scheduled for early 1996. 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 >