Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

DON'T LOOK BACK by Patrick O'Connor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Great fun."
An often moving collection of colophon-length musings and amusements by New York paperback-editor/anthologist/poet O'Connor (former editor-in-chief of Popular Library, Washington Square Press, and Pinnacle Books). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Superficial, vituperative treatment of a complex subject."
A harsh and unconvincing look at FDR's foreign policy. Read full book review >

WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN by Esmeralda Santiago
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Cleareyed, quietly powerful, and often lyrical: a story of true grit."
A beguiling record of a tremendous journey, epic in its own way, from childhood in a vibrant Puerto Rican barrio to triumph at Harvard, with a defining pause in a drab Brooklyn along the way. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A winner for sure, but less blindly battered and pain-ridden than Art Linson's arias in A Pound of Flesh (reviewed above)."
Hypnotically frank, though not for the ages, the memoirs of movie producer Steel; or, Horatio Alger Walks through Lions in Darkest Hollywood—and gets killed but not eaten. Read full book review >
BOMB SHELL by David Stenn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Between takes, a platinum Venus sits firmly on your lap, knitting socks. (Sixty photos)"
Rather winning life of Jean Harlow, with some revisions on the tale offered by Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen in Deadly Illusions (1990)—and many fresh interviews plus a handful of new folks speaking out who have kept silent until now. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A WW II document of note. (Thirty-one photographs)"
The compelling diary of a young man from Manhattan during the Pacific campaign—and one of the few WW II diaries published to date. Read full book review >
BEFORE NIGHT FALLS by Reinaldo Arenas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A last testament that resonates with passion for the freedom of the human spirit and for the author's beloved Cuba: a distinguished addition to the literature of dissent and exile."
From Cuban novelist Arenas (The Doorman, 1991, etc.), who, ill with AIDS, committed suicide in 1990 shortly after completing this book: an extraordinarily powerful autobiography that's both a poignant personal memoir and a damning political indictment of the Castro regime and its supporters. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A lively, definitive, and thoughtful account of a clan whose star has waxed as that of its Rothschild rivals has waned."
From the National Book Award-winning author of The House of Morgan (1990): an engrossing history of the Hamburg banking family that explores the love/hate relationship between Germany and its native-born Jews with as much interest as it recounts the lives of those who made Warburg a name to be reckoned with on both sides of the Atlantic. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF VANESSA BELL by Regina Marler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"The real pleasure here is in seeing Bell mature with the century, her fashionable attitudes replaced by authentic experience."
In this selection of 300-plus (from over 2500) surviving letters of Vanessa Bell (1879-1978), Marler adds a warm, modest, humane, and maternal tone to the raucous Bloomsbury chorus—to the ironies, cruelties, and wit of Virginia (Bell's sister) and Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, and Ottoline Morrell, all of whom appear in these casual letters. Read full book review >
ANAIS by Noel Riley Fitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1993

"No substitute for Nin on herself. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Fitch (Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation, 1983) draws on Anaãs Nin's voluminous self-revelations (150 volumes of diaries, correspondence, and fiction) to produce what the publisher says is the first biography of the French writer—and what turns out to be a wary and defensive work, the very antithesis of Nin's free spirit. Read full book review >
A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN...OR TOO TIRED FOR AN AFFAIR by Erma Bombeck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1993

"Overall, though, this is as light as a feather—and could float to the top of the lists. (First printing of 500,000)"
Bombeck (When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home, 1991, etc.) is in top form here, detonating snappy one- liners throughout this account of her 40-plus years of marriage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1993

"Still, gratitude is owed Alyn for preserving Lipscomb's remarkable story. (Photos)"
The oral autobiography of black East Texas farmer and songster Mance Lipscomb—a life that's one of the great American stories. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >