Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A protracted and strange trip, but with much to glimpse along the way. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
Like an acid trip, this social history of the Grateful Dead cum meditation on the '60s has both moments of startling, epiphanic clarity and meanderings both maundering and meaningful. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Drawing on a new-found trove of Doheny's personal correspondence, and well researched and narrated, this revisionist biography is an interesting addition to the social history of the times. (50 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
California historian Davis (Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles, 1993) revisits Teapot Dome, the cause cÇläbre that began in the time of Warren Harding, to tell the story of one of the scandal's prominent actors, now largely forgotten. Read full book review >

FALCON'S CRY by Michael Donnelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"An honest, deeply felt look at the human cost of war. (photos, not seen)"
A moving memoir of the author's experiences as an air force pilot throughout the 1980s and the Persian Gulf War, that also confronts his seeming postwar diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and his subsequent realization that he did not have ALS, but rather, "Gulf War syndrome.— While lacking the polish of an experienced writer, Donnelly makes up for this with an impressive degree of candor—discussing his reluctance, for example, to see a doctor although he fears that his flying skills have been impaired—and manages to convey his feelings of loyalty to the armed services, even in the wake of his discovery that those very same forces had experimented on him with medicines not yet approved by the FDA. Read full book review >
THINGS SEEN AND UNSEEN by Nora Gallagher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A beautifully rendered fusion of the transcendent and the day-to-day. (Author tour)"
A reflective, honest journey through the liturgical year with essayist Gallagher, whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, Mother Jones, and elsewhere. Read full book review >
A LIKELY STORY by Rosemary Mahoney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"In some ways, an unusually sharp magazine piece padded out to book length—but, nevertheless, a stylish memoir that recalls a legendary crusader caught with her armor down. (First serial to Vanity Fair and Elle)"
Bitter humor and painful honesty permeate this look back in anger 20 years to a summer spent by Mahoney (Whoredom in Kimmage: Irish Women Coming of Age, 1993, etc.) as domestic aide to Lillian Hellman, pictured here as conniving, hypocritical, abusive, and querulous in coping with age. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Put it in the category of 'Store Wars.' (Author tour)"
Attention Wal-Mart shoppers—and anyone interested in the history of retailing in America. Read full book review >
THEY FOUGHT THE LAW by Stan Soocher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Soocher is a sound legal reporter, but his courtroom tales supply little of the charismatic derring-do promised by the title."
A survey of mostly well-known lawsuits involving pop musicians, with an emphasis on forbidding legal arcana. Read full book review >
MARY BAKER EDDY by Gillian Gill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"In all, though, a genuine achievement."
Finally, a superb and balanced biography of the enigmatic American religious leader. Read full book review >
NASHVILLE WIVES by Nancy Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Sometimes, despite all the non-secrets unveiled here, the myth even seems genuine. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Fairy-tale vignettes of love and sacrifice, sprawling homes in the Nashville suburbs, and the hardships of raising children on the road riddle the interviews of Mrs. George Jones with Nashville's most talked-about spouses. Read full book review >
CHARLES AT FIFTY by Anthony Holden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Replete with quotes from anonymous confidants and sundry royal 'lunch guests,' Holden's opus will find favor with all lovers of the never-ending Windsor soap opera. (32 pages color and b&w photos) (Radio and TV satellite tour)"
Yet another portrait of the British throne's much-maligned heir, timed for His Royal Highness's 50th birthday on November 14, from a top royal biographer who's the author of several other books on Charles and Diana (Prince Charles, 1979, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A much needed portrait of a dissident faction within Israel that seeks to retain the occupied territories at any cost."
Two Israeli journalists offer an extremely troubling portrait of the extreme right-wing in their country and the occupied territories—a blend of ultranationalism and religious fanaticism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A joyful, enlightening analysis of a now-misunderstood star who answered immigrant American desires for a shared national culture. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
In a dazzling blend of entertainment and scholarship, America's top prewar musical film star is convincingly rethroned as "an exemplary part of our American heritage." 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 >