Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2724)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1954

"The audience interested in the subject- and their number is growing wants it that way."
This is a sound introduction to bio-chemistry, that infant science that is making a revolution in our understanding of how our bodies function. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 1954

"It may frighten — but it must be accepted as an important if sometimes difficult contribution."
An American Negro reports on the revolution of Africa's Gold Coast. Read full book review >

THE REBEL by Albert Camus
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1954

"This exploration into nihilism and rebellion in which Camus spins the globe of ideas to point out new and stimulating areas of thought will be appreciated by the literary and intellectual as an expression of contemporary thought in the world of letters on the world at large."
Albert Camus, esteemed author of The Plague, The Stranger, and other works outstanding in the contemporary literary scene, clarifies and expands his philosophy in an essay which is at least as literary as it is philosophical. Read full book review >
EXISTENTIAL PSYCHOANALYSIS by Hazel E. Barnes
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 23, 1953

"Heady stuff, with far reaching implications, but only for the patient and thoughtful."
Jean Paul Sartre, like Picasso, has become one of the most important men of his time even though his work is only understood by a select few. Read full book review >
THE LOG FROM THE SEA OF CORTEZ by John Steinbeck
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1951

"Ricketts died three years ago and this edition carries a recently written profile tribute by Steinbeck."
This is to announce a re-issue of the beautiful book, originally published in 1941, of an expedition made to the Gulf of California by Ed Ricketts, a biologist, and the novelist. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1951

"Buckley is fond of sweeping generalities, refuting some by citing others; he is also susceptible to personal rather than objective vindictiveness; and while he declares himself to be dedicated to this 'cause'- his material as well as his mission may be suspect to many."
Mr. Buckley's concern in this essay (his own term) is the "net impact of Yale education" and he points out the various ways in which Yale seriously fails its undergraduates- particularly in the lack of a religious attitude and a "recognition of the merits of our economic system". Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1950

"A sure best seller- as well as documentarily important."
Nothing available in advance of finished books (as noted on P. 674) so this report is anticlimactic in view of the extensive reviews already released, which seem collectively to say what we were saying anyhow. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 1950

"While this is not such easy reading as the two earlier volumes, there is an enormous amount of thrilling contemporary history encompassed in this period of victory beginning to seem possible out of disaster and defeat."
Third in the four volume history of the war, and the one most intimately concerned with strategy and Britain's terrific responsibility in carrying on virtual global warfare single handed. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1949

"Miss Sayer's production, however, is adaptable for presentation in Church drama groups and for these it should be most valuable, while for the general public reading it should have a wide appeal."
Dorothy Sayers is widely and favorably known in this country as well as in England as the author of deservedly popular detective novels. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1949

"The second half, preceded by a general view of the post-ballum era of industrial and capitalistic expansion, deals with the contributions to our political traditions made by William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson, Hoover, and F.D.R. A judicious, objective appraisal of our ideological history, often ironical, often incisive."
A learned reinterpretation of our political traditions, through studies of prominent Americans from Jefferson to Roosevelt- and their ideologies. Read full book review >
CREED OR CHAOS? by Dorothy L. Sayers
NON-FICTION
Released: May 26, 1949

"A highly individualistic, stimulating exposition with much spiritual significance as well."
With an intellectual brilliance which characterizes all that Dorothy Sayers has written, whether in the religious field or that of the mystery, this is a trenchant consideration of dogma, and its value as the basic structure of the Christian faith. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 1949

"Nonetheless, a sure best seller."
Newspaper syndication and LIFE magazine serialization have brought a generous proportion of the text of this second volume of Churchill's war memoirs to an eager public. 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 >