Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Warm, sometimes fanzine-toned treatment of an often gripping artist. (Twenty-four pages of photographs) (First serial to the National Enquirer)"
Big, strongly researched life of the actress/singer that gives a rich sense of her life as a human being—and as an outsized ego. Read full book review >
JAMES BEARD by Robert Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Clark is also generously appreciative, without fawning, of Beard's real gifts and contributions. (Photos)"
``Born fat to a food-obsessed mother,'' as Clark (former editor of The Journal of Gastronomy) puts it, America's preeminent foodie (1903-85) was an overstuffed child whose acting career was foiled by his enormous bulk—and who eventually turned the catering, cooking lessons, and food-writing he was doing just to get by into a career that made him ``a star in the dwarf constellation'' of the New York food world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"No illustrations, praise the Lord. (First printing of 150,000)"
The popular Dixie wisecracker is back this year—not with his usual mixed bag of grumpy newspaper columns but, along with fervent thanks for continued life, a complete account of his latest and scariest illness. Read full book review >
DEVOTION by Miriam Levine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A minor memoir, despite well-crafted prose."
Way stations along the road to motherhood, writing, and beyond, by Levine, a poet. Read full book review >
MARIA CALLAS by Jürgen Kesting
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Callas fan. (Illustrations)"
One of the three best books on the voice of Maria Callas, following John Ardoin's The Callas Legacy (1977) and Michael Scott's Maria Meneghini Callas (1992). Read full book review >

INDIRA GANDHI by Pupul Jayakar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

"An absorbing portrait of a complex, troubled woman who was driven by both idealism and ambition, and who both personified and threatened the ideal of Indian democracy. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs)"
An intimate friend of Indira Gandhi's offers an eloquent, revealing, and balanced look at the private and public lives of India's longtime leader. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

Move over, Mata Hari: Here are the wild—if nearly incredible- -adventures of a new Jane Bond, told with the help of Schwarz (Walking with the Damned, 1991, etc.). ``He held my face in his hands and kissed me—my first kiss....`Be with me,' he whispered.'' The amorous ``he'' is none other than Fidel Castro, flush from conquering Cuba seven weeks earlier but not too busy to notice the pretty 19-year-old visiting Havana with her father. Read full book review >
MANKILLER by Wilma Mankiller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 1993

"For a more nuanced and powerful Native American autobiography, try Peter MacDonald's The Last Warrior, reviewed above. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Disappointing autobiography by the first woman to lead a major Indian nation. Read full book review >
THE TENOR'S SON by Candido Bonvicini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 1993

"Stick with the recordings, particularly the early ones, before the voice became pushed and the handkerchief started waving. (Sixteen pages of photographs)"
You know Luciano, eh? Read full book review >
TONY CURTIS by Tony Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Could do very well. (Thirty-five b&w photos—not seen)"
Lippy memoir of actor/painter/novelist Bernard Schwartz, a hard-luck kid from gang-ridden New York who went to Hollywood in his early 20s and became known as Tony Curtis; told with Paris (Louise Brooks, 1989) inserting interviews with Curtis's friends, co-workers, and family members into the otherwise all-Curtis text. Read full book review >
UPSIDE YOUR HEAD! by Johnny Otis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Essentially a cranky look at politics and today's pop music. (Seventy-five b&w photos)"
Hodgepodge of essays, reminiscences, and radio-interview transcripts by L.A.-based R&B drummer/concert promoter/songwriter Otis. Read full book review >
MAHATMA GANDHI by Dennis Dalton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1993

"A bit too thick on intra-Indian political squabbles; otherwise, a tidy presentation of a sociopolitical vision that seems as fresh and radical today as it did half a century ago."
Worthy study of Gandhi (1869-1948) as a political and social leader, by longtime Gandhi scholar Dalton (Political Science/Barnard). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >