Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

JACKIE UNDER MY SKIN by Wayne Koestenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Whether rhapsodizing about the size of Jackie's head or sharing the reasons Jackie reminds him of Chiclets, Koestenbaum makes connections so personal that they provoke nothing more than wonder that an associate professor at Yale has so much time on his hands. (photos, not seen)"
The author of National Book Critics Circle Awardwinning The Queen's Throat (1993) embarks on another self-indulgent adventure in cultural criticism. Read full book review >
BUSTED by W.D. Ehrhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"This has its illuminating moments, but for those familiar with Vietnam literature, there's not much new or arresting."
The accessible, sometimes resonant final chapter in a postwar trilogy of memoirs. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Because rival theories and friendly and not-so-friendly enemies abound in the pages, it is also an honest picture of science in the making."
A smîrgasbord for armchair intellectuals. Read full book review >
THE PLACE HE MADE by Edie Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"A graceful tribute to a brief but intense relationship that can only be summed up as true love. (First printing of 40,000; first serial to Yankee Magazine; author tour)"
A sweet and gentle recounting of a love affair that ended in the death from cancer of the author's husband when he was only 40 years old. Read full book review >
BATTLING FOR PEACE by Shimon Peres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Fluid, factual, and occasionally anecdotal, this is a better- than-average campaign bio by yet another feuding Israeli hero of war and peace."
An inviting exercise in autobiography by Israel's defensive foreign minister. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

A solid, balanced portrait of the radical fringe of New England abolitionists who bankrolled John Brown's ill-fated but pivotal raid at Harpers Ferry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"A dull reading of grand history. (First printing of 50,000)"
The ``great man'' approach, ferociously but ploddingly revived. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

PG-rated autobiography of a young man's coming-of-age in a black Baltimore ghetto. Read full book review >
EMMA LAZARUS IN HER WORLD by Bette Roth Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Instructive, but by no means the final word on the subject."
A short biographical corrective regarding the Jewish- American folk hero, and some previously unpublished correspondence, both disappointingly slight. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Focusing on the brevity of life, White reminds her readers that every moment has its unique value."
Quirky and evocative sketches that capture the human spirit and the passing of a simpler and more genteel era. Read full book review >
OSWALD'S TALE by Norman Mailer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Judicious, painstaking, and imaginative, this should be a central book in a growing and undependable canon."
Mailer subtly exercises his novelist's imagination and expends considerable journalistic shoe-leather probing our central cultural conundrum — Lee Harvey Oswald: Patsy or Lone Assassin? Read full book review >
CROSSROADS by Michael Schumacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 1995

"Meatier than the average fan bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An evenhanded biography that humanizes the guitar hero once dubbed ``God'' by his adoring fans. 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 >