Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"Bernardin's saintliness shines through in this memoir, but less brightly than it might have, had the paradoxes in priestliness only intimated here been more directly addressed. (12 illustrations)"
Kennedy (Psychology/Loyola Univ.) evokes the memory of his friend Cardinal Bernardin in a literary portrait that aspires to poetry and sometimes succeeds. Read full book review >
A DIRECTOR CALLS by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"Her piece-by-piece deconstruction of the directing process and her backstage revelations will be especially intriguing to people involved in the theater, in particular those playwrights naive enough to think their words are more than raw material to be thrown into the creative pot."
Lesser, editor and publisher of the Threepenny Review, probes the workings of British director Stephen Daldry and, through him, of the theater. Read full book review >

ROBERT KENNEDY by James W. Hilty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"This well-written book is timely, coming just as the 30th anniversary of RFK's assassination approaches, and just as the current crop of Kennedy scions is making news for all the wrong reasons. (29 b&w photos)"
A fine study of the assassinated senator's contribution to national politics. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1997

"It is a compelling account, one that any woman trying to recover her history will value."
With this family history, Epstein (Children of the Holocaust, 1979, etc.) adds a vivid and telling chapter to the reconstruction of Jewish women's history, one life at a time. Read full book review >
THE LAST TIME I WORE A DRESS by Daphne Scholinski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1997

"Scholinski is a pychiatric memoirist with a powerful voice and a mission: to debunk doctors who continue to diagnose gender identity disorders."
This patient's-eye view of life in a psychiatric hospital in the 1980s draws on the techniques of Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted but offers an original perspective on the dubious diagnosis Scholinski was given: Gender Identity Disorder. Read full book review >

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TIBETAN MONK by Palden Gyatso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Gyatso reminds us that the language of suffering is universal. (11 illustrations, not seen)"
To readers of this memoir, however untraveled, Tibet will never again seem remote or unfamiliar. Read full book review >
GEORGE BUSH by Herbert S. Parmet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Unlike Parmet's two-volume JFK biography, this suffers from lack of greater access to still-secret materials and to aides with enough distance from the political wars to speak with unbuttoned candor about their boss. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Bred in New England reticence and transplanted to rambunctious Texas, acclaimed as a war hero and scorned as a political wimp, George Bush remains the walking contradiction who puzzled Americans, in this dispassionate biography by Parmet (History/City Univ. of New York; JFK: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy, 1983, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LAST DIARY OF TSARITSA ALEXANDRA by Alexandra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Sketchy diary notes from Alexandra's final days of captivity will interest only experts and the most dogged devotees of the doomed Romanovs. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"With remarkable immediacy and clarity, as though he had trained a telescopic lens on the battlefields, Ambrose offers a stirring portrayal of the terror and courage experienced by men at war."
A worthy sequel to Ambrose's 1994 D-Day. Read full book review >
SAINTS AND SINNERS by Eamon Duffy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"With its 150 well-chosen illustrations, 100 of them in color, this is a coffee-table book that transcends its genre. (History Book Club selection)"
A sumptuous feast of popes and kings, nimbly prepared by historian Duffy, a fellow at Magdelen College, Cambridge. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"If Albright is nearly as upright and moral as the person portrayed in this volume, she will surely be embarrassed by it. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
A slapdash effort, lacking in critical perspective and reading like a background report for an ``Albright for President'' campaign. Read full book review >
EAST TO THE DAWN by Susan Butler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Nonetheless, the still enthralling figure of the aviator—wearing her signature trousers and jacket, blond hair and silk scarf blowing, beckoning to the free spirit in all of us—does powerfully come through. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This exhaustive new biography, coming on the centennial of Earhart's birth, throws new light on many of the more controversial elements of the aviator's life and death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >