Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1997

"Randolph's career is a historical footnote, but the author's close examination of his father's complex relationship with Winston Churchill, augmented with excerpts from their voluminous correspondence, make this a valuable contribution to Churchill scholarship."
A "filial and objective" biography of Winston S. Churchill's only son, Randolph, by Randolph's son. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1997

"Coles would do better to stick to Living Single and leave the role of Miss Lonelyhearts to others."
The sexy sistah from the TV show Living Single offers nothing new in this not-ready-for-prime-time guide for the single woman. Read full book review >

HAZEL by Sinéad McCoole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 1997

"Ireland's fight for freedom and a tantalizing portrait of a woman who was at once determined and vulnerable, talented and yet unsure. (24 color and b&w photos)"
A Dubin-based historical researcher rights a historical wrong by revealing Lady Hazel Lavery as more than just a pretty face commemorated on Irish banknotes and in more than 400 paintings by her famous husband, John Lavery. Read full book review >
TERENCE RATTIGAN by Geoffrey Wansell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1997

"Not bad, but not good enough to gain renewed attention for a pleasing second-rank playwright. (8 pages illustrations, not seen)"
A gossipy yet earnest portrait of the once-popular British dramatist, unlikely to attract many American readers. Read full book review >
UNCROWNED KING by Stanley Weintraub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1997

"While providing a window into the private lives of 19th- century royalty, Weintraub also makes a critical historical point about the adaptation of the monarchy to the demands of a more democratic age."
A distinguished biographer of Queen Victoria demonstrates the political importance of her beloved husband. Read full book review >

THE ROAD HOME by Eliza Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1997

"Though often endearing, Thomas is inexplicably vague about the time frame, the cabin's location, when she adopted Amelia, and other areas that might have drawn the reader closer. (Author tour)"
Knowing that she ``badly needed a change'' after years of odd jobs and lousy apartments, Thomas purchased an old Boy Scout cabin on four acres in rural Vermont. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1997

"Garfield is best when writing about himself, and the book is partly redeemed by the section on his own pursuits, which contains essays on tourism, house and car shopping, and hunting, all in a Dave Barryish vein."
According to NPR commentator Garfield, the American Dream is less about white picket fences and two cars in the garage and far more about ``the pursuit of happiness.'' As the humorist proves, the pursuit, while often noble, is just as often fruitless. Read full book review >
F.R. LEAVIS by Ian MacKillop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1997

"A thorough and candid examination from the academic trenches of the most combative of the Cambridge Critics. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A life of the eminent critic, a controversial figure whose ideas were influential wherever English was taught—except at Cambridge University, the institution that grudgingly employed him. Read full book review >
THE SEEING GLASS by Jacquelin Gorman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1997

"Two memorable stories in one. (First serial to Good Housekeeping and Reader's Digest; Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A terrifying bout of blindness stirs up recollections of a dark family story in this moving memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Tobin's account is a balanced tribute to the quintessential war correspondent: In his ability to make war come alive and at the same time show its human side, Pyle was never to be bettered by any of the generation of war correspondents that followed."
From Detroit News reporter Tobin, the definitive biography of this country's great WW II war correspondent. Read full book review >
BECOMING MAE WEST by Emily Wortis Leider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"A vibrant story of a star's life and times—not just for the movie buffs. (photos)"
A wide-ranging biography and social history examining the years in which Mae West the woman became Mae West the theater and movie star and cultural icon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"A good deal of this stream has been exhaustively panned, but there are some nuggets here."
If one has any doubt about the vacuousness of most diplomatic summits, this book by Gorbachev's interpreter at the 1987 summit with Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C., should remove it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >