Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 1997

"The simple structure of this annotated photo album belies the depth of the work, shaded and shadowed with layers of meaning and sentiment."
A poignant memoir of loss by the daughter of a career soldier who died in Vietnam. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Of use to historians, but too detailed and partisan to be of much interest to a general audience."
A detailed, fascinating (though one-sided) record of the process that culminated in the signing, on March 26, 1979, of the Camp David peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, brokered by President Carter. Read full book review >

MAY SARTON by May Sarton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Certainly a must for Sarton scholars, but also a pleasure for Sarton's loyal readers. (50 photos, not seen)"
Charged with energy and with a cast of characters that includes major 20th-century literati, this is the first volume of what will likely be a massive compendium of Sarton's letters. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"An elegant introduction to some interesting women, although the revealing voices of the diarists themselves are filtered through the studied, self-conscious voice of the academic."
Focusing primarily on seven female writers, this insightful study examines a form that retains its uniquely personal quality, whether or not the work is ever meant to be published. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF ROSE O'NEILL by Rose O'Neill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Florid writing and lack of drama rule out a popular readership, though as a record of the artistic concerns of a distinctive woman and shaper of popular sensibilities, it may be useful for historians. (15 illustrations, not seen)"
This memoir by the creator of the once popular Kewpie figure lacks the literary strength to raise it above a mere curiosity. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Best to punctuate the readings with a viewing of Albert Brooks's Mother. (b&w photos, not seen)"
With wrenching precision, 79 women recall their mothers in original letters, essays, poems, and stories, evoking basic truths about the inescapability of mother-daughter similarities, the lifelong rapture of mother for child, and the daughter's unquenchable longing for mother after her death. Read full book review >
CHE GUEVARA by Jon Lee Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

A sweeping biography of the Latino revolutionary and pop-culture hero. Read full book review >
SONNET by Lydia Bird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Five thousand stormy miles, and worth most every minute of it, for Bird and for her readers."
It's heavy weather—both meteorologic and emotional—pretty much all the way for Bird on her trans-Atlantic, trans- Mediterranean sail, but the writing goes very smoothly. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Kanigel's lively prose and sense of irony make this biography an enjoyable read. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A circumspect biography of America's first efficiency expert, sensitive to both Taylor's limitations and his impact on the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"This compelling material might be even more powerfully disturbing had it been accompanied by additional explanatory and background material."
Horrific childhood testimonies by survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Inevitably, just a bit gaseous. ($30,000 ad/promo; TV satellite tour)"
That guy in the bib overalls who shows up on TV on Sunday mornings offers a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the larger meaning of the comestibles he likes. Read full book review >
THE PHANTOM FATHER by Barry Gifford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

Gifford's baffling but enjoyable memoir of his father, a Chicago bookmaker and hoodlum, is stitched together with material from his earlier books and, admittedly, ``contains elements of fiction'' and is ``somewhat embroidered and colored.'' It's not always easy to discern the factual from the apocryphal, but novelist Gifford's (Baby Cat-Face, 1995, etc.) lively material makes that beside the point: Rudy Winston, owner of the Lake Shore Liquor and Drug Store at the corner of Chicago and Rush streets, was a fascinating, elusive character. 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 >