Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

MAD PRINCES OF RENAISSANCE GERMANY by H.C. Erik Midelfort
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 1994

"Even so, more academic than popular."
A history of insanity among German royals from about 1450 to 1630, by the author of Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany, 1562-1684 (not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 1994

"This is fun to read as the names drop, but it offers more titillation than insight into a woman who rode out from a proper Dorset upbringing to adventure, wealth, power—and acknowledged achievement."
If the current US ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman, had spent as much time on her back as this book suggests, she would never have had the time to do the world-class housekeeping and flower arrangements that allegedly endeared her to her lovers—let alone become an authority on antiques, bring together historic personalities for global policy discussions, or raise millions of dollars for the Democratic party. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1994

"The sense of immediacy in Beals's well-crafted account makes the events seem like they happened yesterday."
A profoundly uplifting—and also a profoundly depressing- -account of the integration of Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENCY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Phillip Shaw Paludan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 1994

"A significant achievement in Lincoln scholarship."
In this narrative history of the Great Emancipator's administration, Paludan (History/Kansas; Victims, 1988) skillfully delineates the great accomplishments and salient shortcomings of Lincoln and the government he led. Read full book review >
LEADING WITH MY HEART by Virginia Kelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 1994

"What's your son or daughter's job? (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild featured alternate)"
The woman whose son, our president, feels our pain shares some of her own (and her pleasures as well) in an autobiography that offers a folksy, mom's-eye view of the ultimate American success story. Read full book review >

THE WILD GIRLS CLUB by Anka Radakovich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 1994

"Battled-scarred survivors of stressful dating and miscommunication will want to read this book, if only for laughs."
Radakovich gives men the lowdown about women's secret desires and conversations, as exemplified by the Wild Girls Club, consisting of her and her ``supervixen'' friends. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 1994

"By the end, Funicello is able to look back without taking any of it, especially albums like Italianette and Hawaiianette, too seriously. (Doubleday Book Club selection)"
The girl next door tells all. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 1994

"Some Perot supporters and other centrist dissidents may find this book useful, but it is hardly a convincing argument that a three-party system is the solution to our electoral problems."
An incomplete, if sometimes stimulating, analysis of discontent in the electorate and the prospects for a new centrist political party. Read full book review >
LEARNED HAND by Gerald Gunther
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 1994

"An important work on an important figure, despite its reflection of the built-in prejudice of the biographer, who served as Hand's law clerk."
An exhaustive and affectionate, albeit admittedly biased, account of the life and legal work of one of the nation's greatest jurists. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF DAVID DUKE by Tyler Bridges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Until that biography arrives, this will be a vital resource. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A sobering, solidly researched portrait of the politically adept ``twisted fanatic'' who gained a majority of white votes in two statewide Louisiana races. Read full book review >
LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Humphrey Burton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Simply the best of the Bernstein biographies so far. (First printing of 60,000; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection; ad/promo)"
A sensitive, well-balanced account of the great American maestro's life and works. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"With Hopkins almost as hot as his demons, there will be attention paid."
Writing his biography without the cooperation of Hopkins (now Sir Anthony), Callan (Julie Christie, 1985, etc.) leans heavily on the existing journalistic corpus for his chronicle of the bedeviled, Welsh actor, nominated this year for his second Academy Award. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >