Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2001

"Essential reading for any aficionado of espionage scandals and Mafioso folklore."
In this riveting work of reportage, award-winning journalist Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999) details American involvement in the assassination of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian billionaire godfather of international cocaine trafficking. Read full book review >
DANCE WITH DEMONS by Greg Lawrence
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2001

"Essential for anyone interested in 20th-century dance and pop culture. (16 pages b&w photos not seen)"
The complex life and enormous influence of one of the most commanding creative forces in America dance and show business is examined in this first-rate biography. Read full book review >

ON A WAVE by Thad Ziolkowski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Reflecting on his hometown, the author could be thinking of his time on the water: 'Shielded for a certain period, suffused with beauty and with subtler blessings, innocence, a certain sweetness . . . out of time.' Amen."
A wistful, elegiac remembrance of a surfing adolescence mingled with a search for life's authentic experiences that marks poet Ziolkowski (Our Son of the Arson, not reviewed) as old for his years. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLE BOND by Carole Angier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A revealing companion to Levi's own considerable body of work, and an uncommonly thoughtful example of biography as literature in its own right."
English biographer Angier (Jean Rhys, 1991) gracefully explores the life of the great Italian writer and Holocaust survivor. Read full book review >
IN MY FAMILY TREE by Sheila Siddle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"If the orphanage has but a fraction the warmth and gentleness of Siddle's voice in this story, then the word sanctuary would fit well. Beautiful acts, elegantly rendered."
An exhilarating—even heroic—life caring for orphaned chimpanzees (and antelopes, monkeys, parrots, whathaveyou, even a hippo) on a farm in Africa, by Siddle, the caregiver herself. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"This is what Lester Bangs would have written had he been a farmboy raised on a diet of Skid Row and KISS. Unfailingly smart and demonically opinionated, it could even make a few converts to the music Tipper Gore once loved to hate."
A witty journey into the demimonde of 1980s heavy-metal music by way of the High Plains. Read full book review >
HENRY VIII by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Thoroughly researched and entertaining, filled with delicious details for general readers and provocative argument for students of the period."
A detailed journey through the court and life of Henry VIII. Read full book review >
JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite the whopping length, there's not a wasted word in this superb, swiftly moving narrative, which brings new and overdue honor to a Founding Father."
A great, troubled, and, it seems, overlooked president receives his due from the Pulitzer-winning historian/biographer McCullough (Truman, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A splendid account, highly recommended to all readers interested in early American history, women's studies, or the history of religion."
An elegantly written life of the enigmatic and powerfully charismatic Shaker prophet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A riveting account of a gentle man overwhelmed by one of the waves of American hysteria that occasionally obliterate our national common sense."
A poignant, distressing portrait of Arvin (1900-63), one of our premier literary critics, whose distinguished career as a professor and writer was destroyed by the revelation of his homosexuality. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A delightful opportunity to get in touch with your inner loser. (16-page b&w photo insert)"
Debut author Collins dissects the fickle fortunes of fame with 13 vignettes of men and women who dared to dream but failed to achieve. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Essential reading for mountaineers, both actual and armchair."
A journey to the top of the world and the soul of a family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >