Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BUÑUEL by John Baxter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Not a tour de force but still a useful primer. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A merely proficient biography of the master director of such Surrealist classics as Un Chien Andalou and Belle de Jour. Read full book review >
PLAYING TO THE CAMERA by Bert Cardullo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"This book will lead readers— attention to stray."
The most underappreciated element of film as an art form (at least in academic film criticism) may well be acting; this collection, by four scholars (three at the University of Michigan, one at the University of Southern California), attempts to redress that imbalance by drawing on the words of those who practice the craft. Read full book review >

MY SECRET MOTHER by Richard de Mille
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Further, the author's emotional balance, seemingly natural to his age and disposition, lacks passion."
A cross between a family memoir written in the sunset of life and a faded Hollywood Babylon: a search for the mother of Cecil B. DeMille's youngest son. Read full book review >
YOU ARE NOT I by Millicent Dillon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"The autobiographical elements are overplayed, although such elements as the arrival of a second, rival biographer and Dillon's sense that she is trapped in a Bowles novel are so intriguing, one excuses their irrelevance. (15 b&w photos)"
This jumbled but ever readable account of the expatriate composer and author is not so much a biography as a meditation on the biographical process and its pitfalls. Read full book review >
HEADING SOUTH, LOOKING NORTH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Still, Dorfman's account is slow going through the first half but picks up greatly once the dangers he faced become clear, and he has sharp insights into Chile's political situation."
Novelist Dorfman's (Konfidenz, 1995, etc.) memoir shakes up the term Latino, as he plots the course of "a hybrid, part Yankee, part Chilean, a pinch Jew, a mestizo in search of a center," who becomes an outspoken Chilean exile campaigning for the self-determination of the Americas. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A breezy prose rendering of the interview style that has made King a one-man multimedia mogul. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Radio and TV satellite tour)"
CNN talk show host/newspaper columnist/author King takes on the future here, asking various movers and shakers their thoughts on what the next century holds. Read full book review >
JUST AS I THOUGHT by Grace Paley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A book to be dipped into repeatedly, if not read cover-to-cover, but a fine companion to Paley's memorable fictions."
The inimitable Paley has already given us her Collected Stories (1994); now we get a collection of nonfiction, drawn from the past 30 years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"For all the failed Little Leaguers and average high-school and college jocks this is 'the real story of sports in America.'"
A high-school basketball star and standout at Brown University in the 1960s, Reynolds came face-to-face with the realization that he wasn't as good an he'd hoped, that, despite all the hard work and dedication, his dream of playing in the pros was just that: a dream. Read full book review >
TECUMSEH by John Sugden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Tecumseh was not well served by history, but history is well served by him. (32 pages photos, maps, not seen)"
This biography demythologizes the legendary Shawnee chief while still according him mythic stature. Read full book review >
JENNY WALTON'S PACKING FOR A WOMAN'S JOURNEY by Nancy Lindemeyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Perhaps this volume allows us to believe that such accomplishments are not always the result of the killer instinct, but of a sound and steady belief in the goodness of honest simplicity. (Author tour)"
In this small book, Lindemeyer, editor in chief of Victoria magazine and the author of its "Jenny Walton" columns, celebrates all that has been "good, kind, graceful, generous, and beautiful" in her life, in hopes that her readers will find "pride in a woman's journey." Read full book review >
KEEPERS by Bobby Jack Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A painful, darkly comic story, plainly told and leavened throughout with playful humility."
Novelist Nelson (The Pull, 1986, etc.) makes a book-length audit of his own star-crossed life for the "keepers"—the things that have lasting meaning. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"She's a mother, a loving mother, a good mother."
Dispatches from the parenting front line—pungent and funny and spot-on—from Winik. 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 >