Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 1999

"At times a frightening read, but an honest and thoughtful one. (Author tour)"
Poet and author Kamenetz (The Jew in the Lotus, 1994) turns his gaze more powerfully inward than ever before in this slender, emotionally searing recollection of his mother's life and death. Read full book review >
TO SEE AND SEE AGAIN by Tara Bahrampour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 1999

"A rare honesty reveals emotional complexity. (Author tour)"
A beautifully written memoir that delivers much more than the story of a young woman's life. Read full book review >

RALPH BUNCHE by Charles P. Henry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1999

"These digressions cloud our view of the man. (25 b&w photos)"
A quirky biographical sketch of the sometimes forgotten Nobel laureate. Read full book review >
ABRAM by Henry Orenstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1999

"The brief tale of an interesting life couched in long stretches of irrelevancies."
Abram Silberstein led a remarkable life in the turbulent 1940s, but his biographer and friend uses this book as an excuse to glibly recap the history of WWII and the rise of Israel. Read full book review >
PRIMO LEVI by Myriam Anissimov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 1999

"Anissimov does not solve the puzzle, but she has admirably set out the pieces for her readers to ponder."
A French novelist's fine-grained, illuminating exploration of a life lived under the shadow of Auschwitz. Read full book review >

REPORTING LIVE by Lesley Stahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"News junkies will savor every sound-bite in this sassy memoir. (Author tour)"
A breezy yet informative behind-the-microphone look at how the news is reported—and at why and how the Fourth Estate has become one of the most reviled professional categories in America today. Read full book review >
RAY CHARLES by Michael Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Ironically, Lydon notes that the autobiography has 'only one fully fleshed-out character: Brother Ray'; the same could be said for his own work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointingly superficial account of the life of one of popular music's elder statesmen. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"The presentation is entirely anecdotal with no pretense at analysis, but Zappetti's life would hold anyone's interest."
Whiting revels in the seamy side of Japan. Read full book review >
CARELESS LOVE by Peter Guralnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 1999

"Nevertheless, this sequel to his exhilarating first volume is the most meticulously researched and sympathetic, honest portrait of Elvis we are likely to see."
Guralnick concludes his majestic two-volume biography of Elvis Presley with copious evidence of Elvis's creative and personal plunge. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Better late than never!"
A roadie's engaging and often amusing memoir of life in the eye of the punk rock storm. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

The 1995 assassination of Yitzhak Rabin didn't happen "out of tire blue," according to this extremely well researched and written study. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Fortunately, each of these pieces can be sampled on its own, winnowing the graceful, enthusiastic Underhill from her inexplicably stumblebum flip side."
A dozen uneven essays that hover between mild epiphany and quiet appreciation of the natural world, from Underhill (Writing/Alfred Univ.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >