Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"A rare blend of history, heroics, and gut-gripping emotion."
The harrowing survival tale that garnered Philbrick a National Book Award (In the Heart of the Sea, 2000) seems almost a tune-up for this saga of wind and wave. Read full book review >
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT by Conrad Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Sound, sturdy, masterfully done."
A staggering work of biography and social history, documenting in exquisite detail the "astonishing life" of the four-term president and world leader. Read full book review >

THE BOOKSELLER OF KABUL by Åsne Seierstad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2003

"A slice of Afghanistan today, rendered with a talent for fine, sobering prose and strange, unnerving settings that recall Ryszard Kapuscinski."
Norwegian journalist Seierstad casts light on the difficult, sometimes dreary, often (still) dangerous life of a bookseller in the Afghan capital, not neglecting the equal but very different tribulations of the women in his family. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2003

"A first-rate, well-balanced blend of personal and cultural history."
A superbly rendered life of the painter, sculptor, and photographer best known for his invention of the electromagnetic telegraph. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"A first-rate work of popular history, and sure to become a standard."
A graceful narrative history of the troubled Jamestown colony, "an entrepreneurial effort organized and financed by . . . a start-up venture." Read full book review >

IN BLACK AND WHITE by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"An American life considered with art and understanding in a major work of biography. (40 photos in text)"
Robust update and emendation of the entertainer's well-known autobiography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Digging into personal and architectural history, Toker demonstrates spadework of the highest, most exacting, and refined order. (16 pp. color and 150 b&w photographs)"
A cerebral, spiritual, and social pilgrimage through Fallingwater and the long shadows cast by the two personalities who brought the great home to fruition. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2003

"Despite the inevitable omissions—his warmly democratic tribute to the New York Public Library being the most egregious—an enthralling introduction to the work of a man who 'lived to read' and conveyed that passion to his own readers for half a century."
Selections from the distinguished late critic's books and articles highlight his sense of kinship with American writers from Hawthorne to Didion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"Old-style urban drama: hard to put down, and probably the best look into the NYPD since, well, James Lardner and Thomas Reppetto's NYPD (2000)."
From the former police bureau chief of the New York Times, a vital, incendiary epic of crime, cops, and corruption in New York City. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A magnificent account, swift and compelling, of obsession, scholarship, and, ultimately, philanthropy of the first magnitude. (30 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The conception, gestation, and birth of the world's most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary. Read full book review >
AN OPEN BOOK by Michael Dirda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"An effervescent yet self-effacing tale of a youngster who viewed a library as an all-you-can-eat buffet—and greedily gorged."
The Washington Post Book World's Pulitzer-winning book critic recalls in evocative prose his nerdy youth in Lorain County, Ohio. Read full book review >
AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Helmut Newton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Disarmingly frank, refreshingly unsentimental, surprisingly crude, and utterly absorbing."
The renowned "bad boy" photographer reflects on his long journey from pampered Berlin brat to international fashion icon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >