Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"This medical coming-of-age story is told with clarity, candor and grace and would make a fine graduation present for any pre-med student."
A medical student's thoughtful and revealing chronicle of growing into the white coat of a doctor under Harvard Medical School's New Pathway system, beginning with day one of orientation and ending with graduation four years later. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Both personally and professionally, Májozo exemplifies the trials and triumphs of the African-American woman."
An evocative and eventful memoir of a remarkable black woman who made the arts her life and her life an artwork. Read full book review >

THE FUTURE OF HISTORY by Howard Zinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"While many will be unable to swallow Zinn's enthusiastic Marxism, his humanity, honesty, and compassionate perspectives on our often brutal history and culture, and his dry humor, make these interviews thoughtful and compelling."
Here, in a series of scattershot interviews from 1989 to 1999 with Alternative Radio founder Barsamian, radical "peoples' historian" Zinn (professor emeritus at aBoston Univ.; Marx in Soho, p. 291 ; etc.) does his best to show that the relentless dialectic of history has survived the collapse of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1999

"A strictly academic study of Patton's generalship in one significant battle. (maps)"
A detailed analysis of one of the few WWII campaigns led by General George S. Patton that could be called a failure. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1999

"Oversweet at times, but thoughtful and well written."
Journalist Whitney (Whose Life? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 1999

"Wilson's biography makes a determined bid at being not only Sassoon's first, but also, in its detail, his definitive one. (53 b&w photos, not seen)"
The first volume of the first full biography of the preeminent Great War poet, sympathetic and thoroughly researched. Read full book review >
WINSTON AND CLEMENTINE by Mary Soames
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 1999

"A uniquely intimate contribution to Churchilliana and an engrossing record of a remarkable marriage. (133 b&w photos; 6 maps) (Author tour)"
In a moving commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Winston Churchill's birth, Soames, his last surviving child (Family Album, 1982; Clementine Churchill, 1979), presents a large selection of the intimate letters of Churchill and his wife, Clementine, from 1909 to 1964. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 1999

A hokey autobiography of American astronaut and moon-walker Cernan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1999

"An essential book for anyone interested in understanding the personal and political dynamics behind the fateful Collins—de Valera rift. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An exhaustively researched, skillfully written joint biography of Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera, whose contrasting legacies shaped the history of 20th-century Ireland. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1999

"Brittains of another time and place, here with their souls bared."
The moving correspondence of five young people whose idealism and dreams are reshaped and ultimately buried in the muddy trenches of WWI. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1999

"Everyone in the book'subjects and biographers—accomplished things, and their endeavors make this book appealing. (Author tour,)"
The successor to Booknotes: Writers and Their Stories from C-SPAN's Author Interviews (1997) is more unified and satisfying. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND SUNS by Dominique Lapierre
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1999

"Regardless, you'll keep reading. (30 b&w photos)"
An intriguing, albeit subjective, look at some of this century's most interesting people. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >