Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"Not a book to pick up for insightful analysis, but the stories will amuse most readers."
A CBS veteran's look at television coverage of presidential elections is more entertaining than reflective. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"The book has a thin degree of sociological interest, but its overwhelming effect is soporific. (13 b&w photos, not seen)"
paper 0-520-21979-1 A bestseller in Japan, where it has gone through more than 40 printings since its was first published in the late '60s, this autobiography of a noted Japanese man of letters will strike many Western readers as serious, well-meaning, and mind-numbingly dull. Read full book review >

THE BIRTH OF SHYLOCK AND THE DEATH OF ZERO MOSTEL by Arnold Wesker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"Although Wesker is a prickly impresario, his vivid, often obsessive record brings to life backstage drama, theater politics, and, finally, tragedy."
A passionate, peppery backstage diary of a play's lifespan, from inception to its star's death and its own demise on Broadway, by the contentious playwright of Chips with Everything. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

VERONICA GUERINThe Life and Death of a Crime ReporterO'Reilly, Emily Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"An insightful look at the Times and the times. (16 pages of b&w photos)"
A fine biography of a woman who inched her way into the power circle at one of America's most influential newspapers, by journalism professor Greenwald (Ohio Univ.). Read full book review >

ANOTHER LIFE by Michael Korda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"Deft, amusing, informative—just what the editor might hope for from one of his own authors. (Author tour)"
This is more entertaining than lunch with a power editor at the Four Seasons Grill—full of delicious gossip plus a lesson or two in book publishing. Read full book review >
44 by Peter Sheridan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"A thoroughly enjoyable, comic journey back in time; Sheridan has brilliantly re-created his delightful, poignant boyhood. (Author tour)"
A funny, tender, and vividly rendered memoir of the author's boyhood in 1960s Dublin. Read full book review >
HOME TOWN by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"A microcosm of how the traditional American 'city on a hill' looks near the year 2000—all rendered in a classically graceful style as good as it gets. (First printing of 100,000; first serial to the Atlantic Monthly; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
With stroke-by-stroke miniature portraits and incantatory prose, Pulitzer Prize winner Kidder beautifully limns the characters and values that shape one New England town. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"Witty, moving stories from a Jewish mother of the '90s—plus, the recipes work (if you're not too picky about measurements)."
She may be the one—the new Erma Bombeck that publishers are searching for—with this book that is sometimes laugh-out- loud funny, ironic, frank, fearful, neurotic, warm, and engaging. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"An altogether dry and impenetrable, albeit well researched and carefully argued, attempt to make sense of the manner in which the Nazis waged war."
This precise, highly detailed academic look at the strategic decisions made by Hitler and his General Staff throughout the latter part of WWII offers little to anyone but the most specialized of military scientists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 1999

"The authors' annoyingly simple explanations don—t do justice to a time period deserving of better analysis."
A feeble attempt to explain how women got where they are today. Read full book review >
FROM A HIGH PLACE by Matthew Spender
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 1999

"Approaching the enigma of the man, Spender (Within Tuscany: Reflections on Time and Place, 1992) looks for literal meaning beneath the artist's metaphors; although he does a thoroughly credible job, Gorky remains elusive and mystifying. (90 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A thoughtful, emotionally engaged biography of one of the most talented—and secretive—abstract painters of the 1940s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >