Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Had the campaign not collapsed, it's hard not to imagine, after reading this, that the FBI would have tried its best to do the job itself."
A valuable spotlight on the ``dark counterpoint'' to the history of the civil rights strugglesthe government's racist spy and smear campaigns. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"An absorbing and first-rate contribution to Lincoln studies. (2 maps and 3 photos, not seen)"
In a 1932 essay, James Thurber imagined a librarian of Congress, overwhelmed by pointless biographies of Civil Warera figures, imposing fines for new books about Lincoln. Read full book review >

NIETZSCHE IN TURIN by Lesley Chamberlain
Released: Jan. 30, 1998

"It is an event to be savored."
A vivid, shrewd, and above all engrossing exploration of Friedrich Nietzsche's last works and days in Switzerland and Italy. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 26, 1998

"Tributes to those still living run the risk of grandiosity, to which the long collection sometimes succumbs; all but fervent admirers of Kramer's should read selectively."
A diverse group of writers, academics, physicians, and social activists reflect, with varying levels of insight and eloquence, on the career of playwright and AIDS provocator Larry Kramer. Read full book review >
MARY BUTTS by Nathalie Blondel
Released: Jan. 23, 1998

"As a sole gateway to a lost writer, this is significant for students of British modernist writing; but only more critical dialogue could establish her place in the canon. (32 photos, not seen)"
A neglected British modernist writer is resurrected in exhaustive personal detail but only partly convincing critical measure. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 22, 1998

From Marszalek (History/Mississippi State Univ.; Sherman, 1992, etc.), a vivid evocation of a dramatic episode that preoccupied and temporarily crippled the Jackson administration. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 20, 1998

"An informative (and always timely) case history of the damage resulting from congressional abuse of its oversight function and from using military commanders as partisan whipping boys. (12 photos, not seen) (History Book Club selection)"
The Thompson committee on campaign fundraising abuses is hardly the first controversial congressional investigative body, as demonstrated in this revealing study of a Civil War prosecutor. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 19, 1998

"The political intrigue revealed in this biography alone makes it a gripping tale; the author's eye for balancing public and private lives nicely clarifies what could have been a murky read. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A fascinating look at a little-remembered contributor to 20th-century history. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 1998

"Well written and researched, this book warrants a spot on every serious American history student's bookshelf. (19 pages b&w photos)"
A remarkable biography (the second, after Lois Beachy Underhill's The Woman Who Ran for President, 1995) of one of America's most controversial (and neglected) suffragists. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"Liepman, now 87, tells this dazzling story of intrigue and danger in flat, conversational prose with the faint air of the tape recorder running through it."
Liepman, a prominent European literary agent, recalls her turbulent Holocaust story and her career in this entry in Northwestern's ``Jewish Lives'' series. Read full book review >
MY SISTER LIFE by Maria Flook
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"Flook's book should sing with pain, but it's strangely flat, if skillfully written—the reflections of her reflections, minus the power of myth."
A retelling of the lives of two sisters, separated as young teenagers when each was caught in an undertow of drugs, prostitution, and mental institutions. Read full book review >
REBUILDING A HOUSE DIVIDED by Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"An essential book for anyone interested in European policymaking, but the great man plays his cards too close to his chest."
The former foreign minister for the Federal Republic of Germany reports on his accomplishments. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >