Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 982)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 1997

"If Chernow provides no breakthrough perspectives to arrest the attention of professionals, he delivers a sound, accessible account of the forces shaping capital, credit, currency, and securities markets on the eve of a new millennium."
Three ad rem essays from National Book Award winner Chernow on the convulsive shift in the balance of monetary power (from commercial, investment, and merchant bankers to financial conglomerates) that has marked 20th-century capitalism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 1997

A unique raconteur tells the history of the 20th century through the stories of its protagonists. Read full book review >

LOUIS ARMSTRONG by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1997

"The presence of Armstrong's unique voice turns what might have otherwise been a routine biography into a grand success. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This look at the life of one of this century's great personalities eschews meticulousness in its musical analysis in favor of a complete look at the man himself. Read full book review >
COLLEEN DEWHURST by Colleen Dewhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"A moving human document as well as a fine theater autobiography."
From the great New York stage actress (a.k.a. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Perhaps the sheer fact that this book is being published, and that the story has been covered from so many angles, is proof that the time is ripe for women's professional team sports to be taken seriously. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A flawed look at America's 1996 Olympic-champion women's basketball team. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Long and densely packed, but full of revelations about this important avatar of American Modernism. (illustrations, not seen)"
From the poet Hart Crane's surviving 1,200 letters, a choice selection of 350 (141 published for the first time, and others for the first time in full) that shed substantial light on his creative process, his aesthetics, and the key moments of his life. Read full book review >
THE CHIEFTAINS by John Glatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Though he offers little to the uninitiated, Glatt has written an indispensable chronicle for the casual listener, the die-hard fan, and all levels in between. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Among Frank Zappa's last public statements was this: ``U2 is maybe the most popular and successful export coming from Ireland today, but there's no comparison between the musical quality of what they do and what the Chieftains do.'' Glatt ably explains why. Read full book review >
GOD SAID ``HA!'' by Julia Sweeney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Something seems to have been lost in the translation from stage to page. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointing version of Sweeney's well-received one-woman, autobiographical show of the same name. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Others may find the vivid picture of country music's early decades (the many small-town radio stations and deejays that supported the music, the backroads tours, the struggling record labels) quite intriguing. (b&w photos)"
Streissguth, a television producer, offers a carefully researched and affectionate study of the rise and decline and rise of Eddy Arnold, an amiable singer with, clearly, great patience and a steely determination to succeed. Read full book review >
BIG GIRL IN THE MIDDLE by Gabrielle Reece
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Not much appeal beyond the hardcore beach volleyball enthusiasts set. (16 pages color photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The slight story of big-girl Reece, the 6'3', 170-lb. model and captain of Nike's Women's Beach Volleyball Team. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE THRESHOLD by Maria del Carmen Tapia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Avoiding facile sensationalism, Tapia's relentlessly detailed chronicle shows how idealism can lead to the repression of basic human rights."
A disturbing indictment of the methods and ethos of Opus Dei, from a devout Catholic who spent 18 years in the organization and worked at its highest levels. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"An unpolished chronicle by a self-conscious do-gooder. (photos, not seen)"
So unfocused is the author's account of her humanitarian work in Sarajevo that the ``lost children'' of the subtitle literally become lost in what is primarily a tale of one woman's Bosnian adventures. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >