Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 982)

THE REAL MCKAY by Jim McKay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"A pleasant walk down memory lane with a genuinely decent man. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
Broadcaster McKay tells his story in a voice grown familiar from 30 years of ABC's Wide World of Sports and 11 Olympic Games: unfailingly charming, friendly, noncombative. Read full book review >
LETTERS by Kenneth Tynan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"Consistently absorbing and entertaining, though it would have benefitted from more judicious editing. (photos, not seen)"
A lively collection of the iconoclastic English theater man's correspondence. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"From the joint talents of the authors (a librarian and a novelist) comes a winsome biography that takes its subject more seriously than itself. (26 b&w photos, not seen)"
The authors' affection for their subject is warmly communicated in this biography of David-Neel (1868—1969), the French Tibetophile who was the first European woman to explore the once forbidden (to foreigners) city of Lhasa. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"And although Levy's take on all this is suitably critical, there is something creepily voyeuristic about the relish with which he peddles these tales. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Levy shifts the focus from one of show business's great egotists, Jerry Lewis (King of Comedy, 1996), to entertainment's most hedonistic gathering of narcissists, the Rat Pack. Read full book review >
DR. SPOCK by Thomas Maier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"More than just a biography, this book necessarily tells the broader story of the nation in the second half of the 20th century—a period that Spock, with his revolutionary theories, helped to shape. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at Dr. Benjamin Spock, the guru of parenting who, as is often the case with experts, failed to heed his own advice. Dr. Spock may have been America's pediatric answer man, but at home he was aloof and emotionally distant, a man more concerned with appearances than with finding real solutions to the problems that plagued his family. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"To survive the Gulag you needed strength and luck, and Bardach had a good measure of both, but it is our good fortune that in doing so he has contributed to our knowledge of the human condition."
No matter how often one reads of life in the Gulag—and this is one of the best accounts—one is still chilled by the extent of man's capacity for evil. Read full book review >
THE SECRET DIARY OF BILL GATES by Bill G.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"Way cooool, not!"
A pseudonymous auteur in cyberspace attempts a parody of the Internet diary by the Microsoft mogul. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"A tale full of sound and fury but signifying little beyond gossip. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
Lots of sex, lots of drugs, and even a little rock ‘n' roll—there's something for every scandal lover in this rollicking, dirt-dishing account of the life and times of Hollywood producer Don Simpson. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"Piercing and timely essays that probe the profound ways in which modern totalitarianism 'turned out to be evil in a confoundingly complicated way.' (3 b&w photos, not seen)"
Beautiful but harrowing chronicles of three exiles that probe the moral and personal risks of their encounters with totalitarianism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"The same might perhaps be said of Eugene McCarthy's political life."
A collection of humorous political doodlings from one of America's foremost political doodlers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"Rose emerges as a conflicted and intriguing character, but this biography remains best suited for historians and adults who are still hard-core Wilder fans. (20 illustrations)"
A biography of the author of The Little House on the Prairie series that comes to life only in the recounting of the stormy relationship between Wilder and her daughter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"While retelling the story of two of its deeply troubled representatives, Rogow paints a carefully detailed picture of revolutionary and early federal American society. (6 b&w photos, not seen)"
A lively biography of two unconventional men whose entwined lives ended in tragedy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >