Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BOUND BY HONOR by Bill Bonanno
Released: May 25, 1999

"Given Bonanno's knowledge of hidden Mafia history, one wishes his literary handlers had been less hasty in rushing a flawed book into the mob-opera marketplace. ($100,000 ad/promo; TV rights to Showtime; author tour)"
The heir to legendary Mafia patriarch Joseph Bonanno describes the eclipse of a once-formidable criminal empire, with buffeting verbiage but only moderate amounts of candor. Read full book review >
Released: May 25, 1999

"An engaging effort to explain lawyers and their ethical dilemmas to a skeptical popular audience. (Author tour)"
An examination of why lawyers act like slimeballs and what can be done about it. Read full book review >

Released: May 24, 1999

Where not to go on your summer vacation. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, I'M FAT! by Camryn Manheim
Released: May 19, 1999

"Amusing, gossipy, frank, but also replete with stories of the psychic nicks and scrapes that fat people face every day as a result of 'society's contempt for people like me.' (15 b&w photos) ($100,000 ad/promo; TV/radio satellite tour)"
A stand-up story of being fat in a thin-is-in culture from the Emmy Award—winning actress who plays a spirited lawyer on ABC's The Practice. Read full book review >
Released: May 18, 1999

"We may never know, but this much is certainly obvious: Cuny was a man whose humanitarian impact cannot be denied and who will be missed. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A masterful portrait of Fred Cuny, a renegade Texan who certainly deserved his nickname, "Master of Disaster." Read full book review >

Released: May 17, 1999

"A must-read for anyone who wants to know what the UN really does. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A fascinating behind-the scenes look at the United Nations in operation and at the life of a high-level diplomat. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 1999

"Reproductions of period posters, record labels, and advertisements provide a lively visual accompaniment, but—like the uninterrupted series of quotes that make up the text—they could use some context."
In the centenary year of his birth, a life of jazz legend Duke Ellington, in an oral history'style narrative composed of a series of short quotations from Ellington and those who knew him. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY OCEAN by Linda Greenlaw
Released: May 12, 1999

"Still, this is a welcome flip side to the multitude of hellzapoppin' peril-at-sea stories, a world apart in its rhythms but often as not just as riveting. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A precise account of what happens aboard a swordfishing boat on the Grand Banks when it is not being terrorized by a perfect storm, from a captain among the fleet. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 1999

"Like the billionth Big Mac, it's not haute cuisine but is satisfactory on its own level. (32 pages b&w photos)"
The golden arches of McDonald's, resplendent in the dour precincts of Pushkin Square, are symbols of the triumph of capitalism. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 1999

"He has expertly handled the history of modern Germany, and given us insights into the German soul, including his own, that are crucial for an understanding of our modern world."
A joy to read, in fact, a book so good one doesn—t want it to end. Read full book review >
Released: May 7, 1999

"A crisply written account of jousting between presidents and press, but without much insight into these two institutions that Thomas so clearly reveres. (16 pages b&w photos)"
A straightforward, though not reflective, memoir from Thomas (Dateline: White House, 1975) on the best beat in the world—covering every president from JFK to Clinton for United Press International. Read full book review >
SHY BOY by Monty Roberts
Released: May 5, 1999

"Roberts may be relentlessly self-righteous and not above going weepy to ingratiate himself with his readers, but his mission is too laudable to be ridiculed. (100 color photographs)"
Roberts (The Man Who Listens to Horses, 1997) deploys melodrama in the interest of common decency in this tale of gentling a wild mustang into the domesticated community of horses, then giving him a choice: stay with your new friends or run free to the herd. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >