Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2004

"High and low, crushing and comic, indelible as India ink."
Poet Kleinzahler (Green Sees Things in Waves, 1998, etc.) adeptly and frankly chronicles episodes from a strange, unenviable life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"History as page-turner: a fascinating inquest."
Ulysses S. Grant was supposed to be in attendance that fateful night at Ford's Theatre. He managed to be absent. Hmm . . . Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"A masterful chronicle of dark and dangerous years, and a distinguished addition to the history of totalitarianism."
A journalist's memoir of her grandmothers also paints an eloquent portrait of two totalitarian powers, the havoc they wrought, and the countless burdens they imposed on ordinary families. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A fascinating glimpse of a central figure in traditional Japanese culture."
From the translator of his famed treatise on swordsmanship, The Book of Five Rings, the first English-language biography of a legendary Japanese fighter, teacher, artist, and author. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Fascinating scientific history based on the humblest of artifacts."
A British science writer traces the history of the punched card, from the Jacquard loom, which programmed the weaving of elaborate silk brocades, to the modern computer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"The perfect first book to read about Balanchine, and intelligent enough to have value for more knowledgeable admirers as well."
Polymath critic Teachout (The Skeptic, 2002, etc.) cogently introduces general readers and dance neophytes to the choreographer who reinvented ballet for the 20th century. Read full book review >
TATTOO FOR A SLAVE by Hortense Calisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A masterpiece of memoir: a volume that soars, sings, and sobs."
A dazzling memoir by the nonagenarian novelist who discovers along the way a most damning document among her family's papers. Read full book review >
EVERYDAY MATTERS by Nardi Reeder Campion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2004

"A memoir to savor for its many riches and, most of all, its zest."
Humorous and insightful chronicle of a long life filled with interesting friends and experiences, shared for nearly six decades with an exceptional man. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >