Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1998

"A slender, handsomely designed book, clearly intended for browsers and gift givers."
This collection of brief passages drawn from Robert Kennedy's speeches and his journal, along with quotes Kennedy had copied from the works of favored authors, drawn together by his youngest son, is too slight and episodic to serve as a useful survey of Kennedy's thought. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1998

"Still, the high level of quality Shawn managed week after week is matchless, and Mehta effectively captures that era."
A fond remembrance of legendary New Yorker editor William Shawn and the changes that brought about his dismissal, by a former staff writer who spent three-and-a-half decades at West 43rd Street. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1998

"Because of his openly gay stance, Thompson may have to wait to achieve Foley's success, but Buddy Babylon should keep Kids fans smiling, and impatiently awaiting his next move. (Author tour)"
The purported autobiography of a favorite character of the influential (and now defunct) Canadian comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall, by the actor who portrayed him and the troupe's head writer. Read full book review >
CHEKHOV by Philip Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1998

"Interested readers would benefit more from their own reading of Chekhov, or from the more stimulating biographies of Donald Rayfield or V.S. Pritchett. (illustrations, not seen)"
This new offering in the expanding and increasingly noteworthy field of Chekhov studies lacks both the original scholarship and the intellectual depth of other recent studies. Read full book review >
HEALING LESSONS by Sidney J. Winawer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 1998

"A heartbreaking story that is not only a tribute to one woman's fighting spirit but gives testimony to the power of love to open the mind. (Author tour)"
A true story of love and personal growth in which a conventional physician's world is turned upside down when his wife, diagnosed with a deadly cancer, begins exploring alternative medical therapies. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 1998

"Carter's post-presidency appears not as an 'unfinished' presidency, but rather as the continuation of work that was always about more, for Carter, than being president. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
If you wonder why Jimmy Carter was so unsuccessful as a president and outstanding as an ex-president, this book is for you. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 1998

"Because of the variety of the author's experiences and the power of their expression here, if you could only read one Holocaust memoir—this should be the one."
Ably translated, this is an extraordinary Holocaust memoir wherein a young Czech woman undergoes a dizzying variety of hellish experiences. Read full book review >
A CENTURY OF ARTS AND LETTERS by John Updike
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 1998

"Nearly every entry re-explains who Johnson and Vanamee were or rehashes the early scandals."
A surprisingly dull collection of essays commemorating America's preeminent institution of arts and letters on its centennial. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A HOUSE OF FIRE by Andrea Ashworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 1998

"Her literary debut carries both—the beauty and the sting."
A young Englishwoman's tactile memoir of growing up amid economic hardship and violent dysfunction. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 1998

"It would have made more sense to organize her material by topic rather than by the chronology of her life Still, Palac's approach to sexual politics and to her own life is infectiously spirited. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
A clear-headed look at some of the most explosive sexual issues of our day—pornography, cybersex, freedom of sexual expression, marriage—through an autobiographical lens. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 1998

"More adventure than memoir, this book is odd and not all that entertaining. (Author tour)"
Into this life a chance for liberating creativity fell, when Rafkin narrowly escaped a straight-on march into the literary world of academia and headed into the trenches of "other people's dirt." Read full book review >
PARADISE, PIECE BY PIECE by Molly Peacock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 1998

"Once free of inhibition, Peacock's adulthood grows out of childhood the way extraordinary fruits sometimes grow out of a waterless earth: stronger, more resilient, and bearing the kaleidoscope fruit of creativity."
In this, her first prose work, poet Peacock shares a profoundly intimate tale of coming to terms with her creative identity and her decision, vital to that identity, to remain without children. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >