Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

THE SECRET LIFE OF A SCHOOLGIRL by Rosemary Kingsland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2003

"Bitter and sweet memories in an affectionate recollection of an unusual past."
A remarkably forgiving account of the author's teenage affair with married actor Richard Burton and her youth in a turbulent household with congenitally self-absorbed parents. Read full book review >
FRANKIE’S PLACE by Jim Sterba
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2003

"The perfect summer read about an exceptional summer destination."
Journalist Sterba (Wall Street Journal) glowingly recalls Mount Desert, a Maine island where he and his wife, writer Frances FitzGerald, spend their summers. Read full book review >

FIRST LOVES by Ted Solotaroff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2003

"Meets the very high standard set by Alfred Kazin's Starting Out in the Thirties for describing a young man's intellectual coming-of-age with nuanced honesty and genuine emotion. Let's hope Solotaroff doesn't take five more years to get to New American Review."
Noted editor Solotaroff picks up where Truth Comes in Blows (1998) left off, describing with compassionate acuity the difficult early adult years that led to his vocation as a literary journalist. Read full book review >
TURNER by James Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2003

"Belongs in every art lover's library. (3 color photo inserts, not seen)"
A splendid, masterful portrait of the master painter. Read full book review >
GENERAL IKE by John S.D. Eisenhower
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2003

"Soon to be bedside reading for West Point cadets and budding generals. We'll hope that Eisenhower follows with an account of his father's presidential years."
An excellent appreciation of Dwight Eisenhower's skills as a military commander, though by a biased observer—the general's son, himself a distinguished officer and historian. Read full book review >

DRY by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Didn't think you'd ever feel even an ounce of sympathy for—let alone root for—a drunken adman, did you? Meet Mr. Burroughs."
Like the alcohol he so enjoys, Burroughs's story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out. Read full book review >
AS OF THIS WRITING by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Criticism is not indispensable to art,' James writes. 'It is indispensable to civilization—a more inclusive thing.' His stimulating and thrilling work forcefully makes a case for that bold declaration."
Superb collection of criticism at once deeply serious and deliberately accessible, more than justifying its author's claim that "readability is intelligence." Read full book review >
CURZON by David Gilmour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Gilmour charts Curzon's life through success and failure, turning in a well-formed view of the late imperial era in the bargain. An outstanding biography of an important historical figure."
A magisterial life of the renowned British politician and empire-builder. Read full book review >
THE GENERAL by Paul Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 2003

"Fascinating and colorful."
Veteran Irish crime journalist Williams exhaustively documents the amazing 20-year career of arch-burglar Martin Cahill. Read full book review >
BEAUTY BEFORE COMFORT by Allison Glock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2003

"A memoir as elemental as its subject: pulsing, fetching, leaving a strong afterglow. (20 photos)"
Glock debuts with a lovely, blue memoir of her maternal grandmother, a vital square peg in the poor, round hole of a hard-baked West Virginia town. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2003

"Fine entertainment for adventure buffs, solidly researched and fluently told."
An action-packed recounting of one of the most famous incidents in the history of exploration. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2003

"An important, vindicatory contribution to music history, restoring Morton to the high station he deserves in American jazz. (16 pp. photos, not seen)"
Aided by a trove of uncovered historical documents, two veteran Chicago Tribune journalists sweep aside demeaning caricatures regarding the great jazz composer and pianist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >