Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

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 >

DAZZLER by Steven Bach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2001

"A savory treatment of a beloved yet troubled theater legend."
A judicious yet candid biography of Hart (1904-61), the Broadway Prospero who transformed out-of-town dross into opening-night gold—and his own torments into opportunities for success. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2001

"Told with a sure voice and in clear delight of the period, Davis draws a sharp picture not merely of Toombs and Stephens, but of all the politicking of the Antebellum and Civil War South."
A crisp story capturing the important roles played by Georgia natives Toombs and Stephens in the birth of the Confederacy, from prolific historian Davis (Bluegrass Confederate, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
HOW RACE IS LIVED IN AMERICA by Joseph Lelyveld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2001

"Powerful, troubling essays on the most urgent and significant of subjects. (16 b&w photos)"
Fifteen illuminating feature pieces published last year by the New York Times in their series on race relations, with supplementary dialogues, commentaries, and an opinion poll. Read full book review >
A LIFE OF JUNG by Ronald Hayman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Likely to become the standard biography of the revolutionary psychoanalyst. (16 pp. photos, not seen)"
A polished, highly professional biography of Jung that covers all the personal and intellectual bases, as well as demystifying his more rarified theories, from Hayman (Thomas Mann, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Deft, compelling, and unexpectedly entertaining."
Absorbing account of the author's sudden plunge into life with a quadriplegic. Read full book review >
STILL LOVE IN STRANGE PLACES by Beth Kephart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Particularly notable for the sinewy authorial voice, susceptible yet also dauntless and alert, conveying powerful insights with a strong eye for detail and color and a sure sense of what is important at a particular time and place. (19 b&w photos)"
A turbulent family drama enfolded in a nation's story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"Mauve-lous. (8 pages color illustrations, not seen)"
The life, times, and enduring influence of pioneering chemist Sir William Perkin, who at 18 discovered a substance that yielded a most lovely color. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >