Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"Worthy stuff, but more detail than most readers will want."
A thorough, textured analysis of the sources and strategies of Martin Luther King's preaching and rhetoric. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"This book, unlike the friendship it chronicles, can't be saved."
If as the author claims, ``friendship is distinctly underdeveloped'' as a field of study, this weak account of the relationship between David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill is unlikely to promote the concept. Read full book review >

CONVERSATIONS WITH BERNSTEIN by William Burton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"The varying musical opinions are also unenlightening: Foss thinks Bernstein's most serious composition is West Side Story; Diamond argues that West Side Story may well be forgotten, etc. Thin stuff, but undoubtedly grist for some 21st-century scholar's mill."
Yet another addition—though a set of interviews rather than a full bio—to this year's shelf of Lenny B. books. Read full book review >
COUNTRY DAYS by Alice Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"Quiet, entertaining tales of special interest to readers nostalgic for a slice of Irish life."
The continuing autobiographical chronicles of an Irish woman at midlife. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"Although the social science and personal reminiscences are sometimes uneasy bedfellows, readers will learn much from this strong woman's compelling and informative story."
The life of one Crow woman and the story of her tribe are combined in this ethnographic autobiography with mixed results. Read full book review >

JACK KEROUAC by Jack Kerouac
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"Its value for scholars shouldn't obscure this terrific volume's broader appeal."
A stunningly rich set of letters that at times reads like a new Kerouac novel. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN by Kenneth Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"A royal rehash that's a royal bore."
Harris (Thatcher, 1988, etc.) provides a dreary if competent chronological summary of Queen Elizabeth II's life and role in British history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"His amateur pop-psychological analyses of the killers' family lives aside, Smith, a solid writer and an excellent reporter (he writes for Esquire), makes this horrendous story almost readable. (Photos, not seen)"
This intricate re-creation of the February 1993 murder of three-year-old James Bulger by two 10-year-old boys in Bottle, England, is ugly, painful reading. Read full book review >
CHARLES DARWIN by Janet Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 1995

"An exciting and richly evocative portrait of one of the most important thinkers in scientific history that leaves the reader wishing the second volume were already on hand. (48 pages photos and 4 maps, not seen)"
This first volume of a definitive new Darwin biography is full of insight into both the man and his era. Read full book review >
CHANEL by Amy de la Haye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

"Chanel."
This handsomely illustrated history of the work, rather than the life, of couturiere Gabrielle ``Coco'' Chanel (18831971) is more a commercial than a personal biography. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS AND THE WORK OF HISTORY, 1790-1860 by Nina Baym
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 1995

"An elegant account that reveals new dimensions in women's relationship to American history and historiography."
By revealing women's use of history in the making of it, Baym rebuts conventional wisdom about women's absence from national life in antebellum America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"A well-crafted work of history that not only gives insight into the lives and thought of the two men but also stimulates thought about the public institutions they helped to create."
Drawing on the celebrated correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison about the newly adopted Constitution, Banning listens in on ``three of many conversations that occurred between two founders on matters of continuing concern.'' (See p. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >