Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2002

"But Murdoch is nothing if not a survivor, and Chenoweth's lively biography pays due respect to a slippery but tenacious fellow."
A roller-coaster ride through the life and self-made world of the Australian billionaire. Read full book review >
SAMUEL PEPYS by Claire Tomalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2002

"A fine work of literary and cultural history."
A sparkling, wonderfully readable biography of the English official less well known for his contributions to good government than for his salacious, achingly self-doubtful diaries. Read full book review >

MAYFLOWER BASTARD by David Lindsay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2002

"Like something out of Henry Fielding, a bad seed gets worse (More eventually wears the scarlet letter) in a quizzical story that keeps momentum and drollery all the way to its humanist end."
Richard More is a distant cousin of Lindsay's (The Patent Files, 1999), a First Comer on the Mayflower who grew up to be a bigamous debauchee, and this is his tale: a mostly jolly entertainment that finishes on a reflective note. Read full book review >
SAINT AUGUSTINE’S MEMORY by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"Essential for students of the Church, and a vigorous and readable version of one of Western literature's canonical works."
The second installment in prolific classicist and political theorist Wills's ongoing, thoroughly brilliant translation of St. Augustine's Confessions (St. Augustine's Childhood: Confessiones, 2001). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2002

"A skillful, persuasive blend of history and polemic, sure to incite controversy and to earn its author much attention."
Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners (1996) may have "unwittingly provoked a moral uproar," but there's nothing unwitting about this provocative work, an unblinking consideration of the role of Catholic doctrine in the machinery of the Holocaust. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO FELL INTO A PUDDLE by Igal Sarna
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Bleak, blistering, beautiful."
An Israeli journalist explores the interweaving of history and relationships in essays (originally published in Hebrew in 1999) about Israelis who have experienced the odd and extraordinary. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A human sunrise."
Pure gold, as Zollo does a Studs Terkel on Old Hollywood. Read full book review >
THE LION’S GRAVE by Jon Lee Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An important and eminently readable account from the heart of chaos."
Intense, immediate reporting from the front lines in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A distinguished accomplishment that radiates both intelligence and spiritual awareness. Informative and moving. (line illustrations, b&w photos)"
Incisively told, remarkable story of a long journey from the hills of Burma to Cambridge University, from a young Burmese man now living in Britain. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS by David Rockefeller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"A memoir, rich as a Rockefeller, that should fire up historians, pundits, and commentators: every page raises unanswered questions about a remarkable life. (Photo insert, not seen)"
Mild-mannered plutocrat recalls some excellent adventures in a temperate, often candid text. Read full book review >
GIRL MEETS GOD by Lauren F. Winner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2002

"Intriguing, absorbing, puzzling, surprisingly sexy, and very smart."
In her debut memoir, Christianity Today senior writer Winner recounts her two religious conversions, first to Orthodox Judaism, then to Evangelical Christianity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Powerful, evenhanded, thoroughly edifying."
An illuminating portrait, by a first-class investigative journalist, of the half-century-long civil war that has divided Cuban against itself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >