Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

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 >
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Throws bones worth chewing on long and hard."
Crack political journalist Alterman (What Liberal Media?, 2003, etc.) examines the culture of deceit that has marred the American presidency, footnoting every word. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Sex, savagery, and high-level political maneuvers energize a splendid piece of popular history. (Illustrations throughout)"
An accusation of rape in 1386 occasions this high-suspense account of a duel to the death sanctioned by the French Parlement and King Charles VI—and attended by thousands of eager spectators. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"The way history should be written. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A murder case in Detroit lies at the heart of labor scholar Boyle's wide-ranging examination of race relations early in the 20th century. Read full book review >
OSAMA by Jonathan C. Randal
Released: Aug. 26, 2004

"A masterful work of reporting, and of great importance in understanding the rise of modern Islamic terrorism and its singular personification."
Osama bin Laden: part Robin Hood, part Che Guevara, part Saladin, part "religious pop star in a land hungering for inspirational role models," and part Old Man of the Mountains, "whose votaries so intimidated Middle Eastern contemporaries that they were dubbed Assassins." Read full book review >

JEROME ROBBINS by Deborah Jowitt
Released: Aug. 11, 2004

"For buffs, scholars, actors, dancers, choreographers, and directors: a vital picture of ballet and Broadway in a golden age. (Photos, not seen)"
Like God and Jerome Robbins, Village Voice dance critic Jowitt dwells in details, coming up with an impressive record of her subject's work. Read full book review >
BORGES by Edwin Williamson
Released: Aug. 9, 2004

"A literary life of major importance, authoritatively told in an exceptionally fine biography."
An eminent Oxford scholar offers a trenchant analysis of the ethnic, historical-political, and cultural matrices that produced the late (1899-1986) Argentinean literary magus. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 5, 2004

"An emotional demonstration that Humpty Dumpty can be put together again. (Illustrations)"
Stylistically innovative memoir of the author's father, who killed himself in 1974 when she was five. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"A blissful travel book transfixed on a specially favored geography, and an intriguing chapter in the author's ongoing personal history. (English/Maori glossaries; b&w photos, not seen)"
Masson, seeker of animal wisdom and human truth (The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats, 2002, etc.), pens a love letter to New Zealand. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Deft and probing, with stunningly close-up glimpses of a maniac's ascendancy."
Penetrating biography of a man once on such intimate terms with Hitler that his son would know the Holocaust's progenitor as "Uncle Dolph." Read full book review >
POLITICS by Hendrik Hertzberg
Released: July 13, 2004

"Superb writing, subtle thinking. Just the thing for politics junkies and journalism buffs, especially those wondering who merits wearing Izzy Stone's mantle today."
One of American journalism's brightest intellectual lights shines forth in a fine—and long overdue—selection from four decades of work. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2004

"'Many early symptoms that heralded the Roman decline may be seen in our own nation today,' writes Byrd. Few students and practitioners of politics are better equipped to make such assessments. An outstanding broadside from a true patriot."
"I do not want to remember my country as being on the side of evil": the distinguished gentleman from West Virginia—whose service and tenure in the Senate are legendary—pulls tight his toga and renders withering scorn unto Caesar. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >