Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Diligent scholarship and brilliant storytelling: a fascinating study that dispels many popular myths regarding America's colonization."
A spellbinding narrative on the preliminary attempts at colonization of North America by the British. Read full book review >
HITLER by Ian Kershaw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"The most soulless of modern history's monsters is preserved here in an amber of splendid scholarship and graceful, pungent prose."
The concluding volume of Kershaw's (Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubris, not reviewed) masterful biography of the "quintessential hate figure of the twentieth century." Read full book review >

JOHN RUSKIN by John Batchelor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"An in-depth resource for current Ruskin scholars, and excellent introduction to the thoughts of this crucial 19th century artistic and social thinker. (8 pp. b&w photos, 8 pp. color photos)"
A lucid, concise biography of Ruskin's troubled life and a penetrating criticism of his major work. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2000

"A gripping testament to the quiet, obdurate inspiration of a Russian navigator who refused to die."
The first translation of a sparse, harrowing account (originally published in 1917 in Russia) of his trek across the frozen icecaps of the Arctic. Read full book review >
FOUNDING BROTHERS by Joseph J. Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2000

"An exceptionally readable work, one that infuses life and order into the study of the early republic."
An accomplished historian and biographer seeks nothing less than to frame the Framers, bringing into clear focus the personalities and human dynamic that shaped and defined the early republic. Read full book review >

THE JOURNALS OF SYLVIA PLATH by Sylvia Plath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2000

"Inspiring and informative. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Courageous, honest, painful, yearning, and occasionally even funny, the unexpurgated diaries and journals of poet and novelist Plath show a woman struggling to develop her talent against the social constraints of her day. Read full book review >
BELLOW by James Atlas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2000

"An unsparing but also affectionate portrait of the artist—with vivid splashes of scholarship, insight, and intuition."
The definitive life of one of the century's great novelists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"A life of letters and agitation, masterfully synthesized by Lewis."
Picking up where he left off seven years ago, Lewis (The Race to Fashoda, 1988, etc.) continues his authoritative biography of the African-American intellectual and activist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963). Read full book review >
BLACKBIRD by Jennifer Lauck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"A lost childhood reclaimed in profound triumph, and with the promise of a sequel to match."
A searing, soaring memoir of one girl's complicated and almost unbelievable childhood. Read full book review >
OFF CAMERA by Ted Koppel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"Koppel calls his diary 'bread crumbs in the woods . . . marking the trail of how we got to wherever it is we are.' To anyone hungry for literate, thoughtful, and thought-provoking commentary on our times, however, it is a whole satisfying loaf, crust and all."
The perceptive, articulate anchor of Nightline records his observations, thoughts, annoyances, and memories in a daily journal of the closing year of the century. Read full book review >
BUFFALO BILL CODY by Robert A. Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"A splendid portrait of Cody's life and times, at once poignant, boisterous, and disturbing."
A comprehensive, sharply rendered life of showman William "Buffalo Bill" Cody that pries frontier realities away from legend. Read full book review >
LENIN by Robert Service
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"An important study that goes far in tracing the roots of the dire legacy Communism bequeathed to the third of mankind unfortunate enough to have suffered its rule."
The most authoritative and well-rounded biography of Lenin yet written—and the one that is, in its quiet way, the most horrifying. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >