True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 1999

"This book may not have the sensational appearl here that it had in England, where it was a bestseller, but this study of her case raises important—and very relevant'social and moral questions about responsibility, rehabilitation, and redemption."
An abused child who killed two toddlers is the subject of a lengthy profile that attempts to understand the root causes of such acts and pleads for a different approach to the treatment of youthful offenders. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 1999

"A notably depressing read that exposes the horror of Northern Ireland's history. (21 b&w photos)"
A chilling, stomach-turning study of Northern Ireland's infamous Shankill Butchers, a Loyalist gang of murderers who preyed on Belfast's Catholic population. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 1999

"An engrossing and gut-wrenching read. (20 b&w photos)"
A bizarre first-person account of a young man's nearly disastrous obsession with serial killers. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"A vivid and gripping account. (Author tour)"
Novelist and essayist Indiana (Resentment, 1997; Rent Boy, 1994; etc.) combines fictional and journalistic techniques in this true crime "hybrid of narration and reflection," which is, in his words, "a pastiche" that is "fact-based, but with no pretense to journalistic "objectivity." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 1999

"Fine as a record of a historical moment, but a definite step down from the terrific story told in, say, Arsenic and Old Lace. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The narrative flair that Cooper demonstrated in his first book, Lost Love: A True Story of Passion, Murder, and Justice, New York 1869 (1993), deserts him in this tale, which delivers less sting than its title promises. Read full book review >

IN THE CELLAR by Jan Philipp Reemtsma
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 1999

"A relentlessly candid examination of one man's heart and mind."
Dick Tracy meets Jean-Paul Sartre in this deeply philosophical, deftly written account of the author's 33 days confined in a cellar. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Anyone who believes sex education doesn't belong in the classroom or that parenting is merely a question of keeping track of their kids' grades should read this sad cautionary tale. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A true-crime page-turner about the privileged New Jersey teens who made headlines after callously discarding the baby they never wanted into the trash bin of the hotel where they secretly gave birth. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

paper 1-55849-166-X A death-penalty trial is lent a fascinating air by its very low-profile, routine nature in Pohlman's (Political Science/Dickinson Coll.) careful, revelatory delineation of the legal process. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"The presentation is entirely anecdotal with no pretense at analysis, but Zappetti's life would hold anyone's interest."
Whiting revels in the seamy side of Japan. Read full book review >
WHEN GOOD KIDS KILL by Michael D. Kelleher
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Voyeurism takes the reins over insight into 'good kids' who murder; sadly, we are no better off than when we began in understanding the 'why.'"
Here's a report that could be a handbook for programmers of afternoon talk shows: "Teens Who Murder Their Parents," "Mothers Who Kill Their Newborns." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"An interesting historical footnote that can be bypassed without severe costs. (b&w photos)"
A detailed and unnecessary look at a failed assassination. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 1998

"Gripping and convincing. (50 b&w photos, not seen) ($75,000 ad/promo; first printing of 100,000; author tour; TV satellite tour)"
Probably the last book on the Kennedy assassination you will need to read. 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 >