Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2724)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1948

"Vivid pen portraits throughout add immeasurably to the whole."
A tremendous book of which the digests made for Life and the necessarily cut excerpts in the New York Times gave no conception. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 1943

Once again Winston Churchill proves that the power of his words lies in the spirit of the man behind the words, and that they read as well as they sound — a second time as well as a first. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 1942

"Not as tight writing as Steinbeck usually does — but good reading."
Call it a propaganda film — made to order for the U. S. Army Air Forces — and sold (for the Aid Society Trust Fund) at a phenomenal figure. Read full book review >
DUST TRACKS ON A ROAD by Zora Neale Hurston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1942

"A different kind of a book, absorbing, human, entertaining, with occasional strong flavor."
A refreshing, energetic autobiography of the unusual Negro author who refused to accept an inferiority complex and struggled for a successful career and a positive, constructive life. Read full book review >
UNRELENTING STRUGGLE by Winston S.  Churchill
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1942

"And always that perfect balance between challenge, realism, drama."
Previous records show that Churchill's books creep slowly on to best seller lists, and stay there a long time. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 1941

"Not likely to add to Steinbeck fans, but will pick up plus market on dual appeal."
Steinbeck might be said to have rescued biology from the laboratory and put it on the layman's reading shelf. 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 >