Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

EFFORTS AT TRUTH by Nicholas Mosley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1995

"An autobiography that unflinchingly bares both the heart and the soul."
An idiosyncratic but morally serious autobiography from noted British novelist and biographer Mosley (Hopeful Monsters, 1991, etc.) that is more a search for meaning in both life and art than a conventional rÇsumÇ of milestones. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1995

"This slim book's surprising strength accrues line by line in Brox's keen observation and spare, poetic prose."
Aging parents and a troubled, ne'er-do-well brother draw Brox home to the family farm in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, where she confronts an age-old dilemma: the conflict between familial duty and the need to live one's own life. Read full book review >

THE LIARS' CLUB by Mary Karr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"With a sure hand, and the stamina that comes from growing up unlucky, Karr digs deep into her youth and hits black gold. (Author tour)"
Some childhoods are so pitiable you have to either laugh or cry. Read full book review >
TOO SOON TO TELL by Calvin Trillin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"The perfect antidote to the smirky, mean-spirited humor so popular these days. (author tour)"
The prolific New Yorker journalist and gourmand collects the best from the last four years of his syndicated column—a healthy dose of common sense and amiable cynicism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Covers too short a period and contains too much ephemera to interest any but the most die-hard students of Confederate social or 19th-century American women's history."
The overly prosaic and gossipy journal of a 16-year-old Jewish girl and fierce Confederate patriot. Read full book review >

ANGELS DON'T DIE by Patti Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Wait until Chelsea gets a little older. ($120,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Angels may not die, but they will surely wish for suspended animation until the last copy of this book is shredded. Read full book review >
THE SLIGHTLY OLDER GUY by Bruce Jay Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Slight, but for Friedman's target demographic, reliably fun. (illustrations)"
A veteran humorist offers wry and shticky counsel on how to survive the ``rough patch'' of incipient male aging. Read full book review >
DESCARTES by Stephen Gaukroger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Gaukroger's book lives up to its subtitle: It does valuable research in analyzing Descartes's work over his shifting career and in its proper context, but it wholly eclipses the biographic element. (67 figures, 4 halftones)"
This academic analysis of Descartes's (15961650) mathematical and philosophical studies traces the development of his work more than the patterns of his life and times. Read full book review >
PROVIDENCE by Daniel Quinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Likely to interest only devotees of Ishmael."
Quinn—winner of the $500,000 Turner Tomorrow award for his novel Ishmael (1992)—tells the story of his psychological journey from a loveless childhood into '50s Catholicism and finally to his present creed of animism and self-discovery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"An on-the-money introduction to the financial fraternity's ruling class."
This blue-chip status report makes a substantive contribution to the growing body of literature of the pivotal role played by central banks in in the Global Village's financial affairs (see Marjorie Deane and Robert Pringle's The Central Banks, 1995). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Though this scattershot memoir paints a more comprehensive picture of 20th-century Mississippi than the usual black-and-white snapshot of juke joints and seedy plantation manors, it's still a painful reminder of the historical resistance to change among even the most enlightened southerners."
A minor southern writer's unfinished manuscript, rediscovered 25 years after his death, yields a dated, elegiac memoir of life in precivil rights Mississippi. Read full book review >
RAGE TO SURVIVE by Etta James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Not exactly an uplifting story, but plenty of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll to keep the fans happy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A better-than-average up-from-the-ghetto, as-told-to life story by the R&B diva. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >