Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"A fine and necessary work."
The legendary Lakota leader receives due honor in this searching biography. Read full book review >
TOAST by Nigel Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2004

"Paced as superbly as a seven-course meal, able to engage the heart and the memory as well as the taste buds."
British cookbook author Slater takes an engrossing, revealing look back at his 1960s childhood through the foods that filled his family's kitchen. Read full book review >

WEDGWOOD by Brian Dolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2004

"A slice of serious history that's also pretty as a picture."
An elegant biography, abundant in historical and cultural detail, of the 18th-century pottery magnate. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2004

"Perceptive, thoughtful—and thought-provoking—with abundant moments of insight."
Intensely personal essays explore autobiography as a means of creative self-examination. Read full book review >
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by Richard Rhodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2004

"That makes for an absorbing story, too, and Rhodes (Masters of Death, 2002, etc.) tells it surpassingly well. Outstanding."
The Pulitzer-winning historian and biographer finds a pleasing subject in an American original: the traveler, chronicler, scientist, painter, and entrepreneur whose name remains legend. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"One of the best forays into the Days of Rage—event, prequel, and sequel—to have appeared in years."
A pensive tale of the Old Left and the New, and of the political and personal struggles that shaped four generations of Americans. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE LITTLE CAKES by Dominika Dery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2004

"Life is hard, and then you laugh—if, like this author, you are wily enough, self-possessed enough, and love the ones you're with as they love you back."
Poet/playwright Dery makes her English-language debut with a disarmingly sweet and savvy memoir of growing up in Czechoslovakia during the late 1970s and early '80s. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF GRAHAM GREENE by Norman Sherry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Marked by sorrow and disappointment, but plenty of fascinating adventures. An exemplary biography, of profound interest to admirers of Greene's work and to students of contemporary letters."
The third and final volume of Sherry's superb life of the English novelist and man of letters, a monumental work published over the last 15 years. Read full book review >
E.E. CUMMINGS by Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Well-researched, comprehensive, and essential to understanding the artist and the artistry. (31 b&w photos, not seen)"
A major new biography of the poet known for his fondness for the lower-case, the fractured word (and line), the idiosyncratic spelling, the prefix un-, the arresting phrase, and—later on—anti-Semitism. Read full book review >
THE RED LETTERS by Ved Mehta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A story of enough provocative, sensual grace to have fueled Scheherazade for a 1,002nd night."
Finding universals in the particulars of a father's short dalliance with a married woman, framed within the context of late-colonial India. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF BAGHDAD by Jon Lee Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"First-rate frontline reportage, full of luminous and eye-opening details."
A reporter's notebook documents life in Iraq before and during the current war. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Among the best of the many books about the notorious Mitfords: sympathetic but shrewd, warmly appreciative of Nancy's ability to snatch happiness from even the most tragic circumstances."
A life story nearly as witty and provocative as the English author's delicious novels and own biographies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >