Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

JOSE LIMON by José Limón
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1999

"He is a master storyteller, with language as with his body. (30 photos)"
A beautifully written memoir of a modern dance pioneer whose legacy includes his masterpiece retelling of Othello, The Moore's Pavane, and the company that bears his name. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1999

"Curiously involving miniatures of five brave women who confronted, but did not always overcome, rigid social barriers. (5 b&w photos)"
Brief biographies of five Japanese women who challenged national mores and cultural expectations in the years before WWII. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 1999

"Jonathan Swift's reputation as a satirist will remain intact, but this book does offer about an hour's worth of silly reading pleasure."
A review of Shearer's thin satirical treatise is like one of those trailers that you know contain all of the movie's good parts Shearer'star of screen, (Spinal Tap), TV (The Simpsons), amd radio (his own show)" wonders why some people hate Clinton so much when he really hasn't been all that bad a president. Read full book review >
MOON by Tony Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 1999

"Few questions will now remain about Moon's life—in fact, you may know more than you wanted to. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
An exhaustive look at the short life of the Who's legendary drummer. Read full book review >
WANDERING TIME by Luis Alberto Urrea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 1999

"A disappointing exercise, Urrea's journals lack the narrative focus and emotional power to keep pulling the reader through his countless tangents."
A disjointed, gushing collection of musings on and descriptions of a yearlong road trip cum walking tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Read full book review >

HITLER'S VIENNA by Brigitte Hamann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Hamann concludes that Vienna's fin-de-siäcle malaise was a critical ingredient in the madness that became Nazi Germany."
A valuable social history of Vienna's netherworld and an attempt at explaining Hitler's anti-Semitism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, Robinson covers an impressive amount of previously unsurveyed ground. (15 photos, not seen)"
Cultural historian Robinson (Humanities/Stanford; Freud and His Critics, not reviewed, etc.) examines provocatively a century's worth of authors whose homosexuality is a central subject of their autobiographical narratives. Read full book review >
VIPERS IN THE STORM by Keith Rosenkranz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Former secretary of defense Dick Cheney contributes a foreword. (25 illustrations, not seen)"
Rosenkranz gives a personal account of his career as a pilot of the F-16 fighter plane (nicknamed the "Viper") and his experiences in combat during Operation Desert Storm. Read full book review >
SIBERIAN DAWN by Jeffrey Tayler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Graphically describes the deeply disturbing state of the 'new' Russia and its demoralized citizens."
A young American's encounters with arctic cold, violent vodka-induced drunkenness, unknown levels of radiation, and mafia-ruled hinterland cities reveal the bleak and desperate side of life in the post-Communist Soviet states. Read full book review >
1797: NELSON'S YEAR OF DESTINY by Colin White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Written with sweep and excitement, capturing the spirit of Nelson by looking at one memorable year, this will be a treat for any naval history fan."
Highly detailed and as exciting as the best Patrick O—Brian novel, this is one of the best accounts of the great British admiral's dazzling achievements, from the deputy director of England's Royal Naval Museum. Read full book review >
PATH WITHOUT DESTINATION by Satish Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Yet this concrete attention to minutiae also prevents the memoir from becoming mired in the many abstract ideals Kumar embraces, and grounds it in refreshing reality."
Tales from a rich, cross-cultural life by a renowned Indian peace activist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Luxuriating with these oral histories is like getting to spend some precious moments with the grandparents we never got to speak to."
A breathtaking oral biography of 100-year-old Americans that vivifies the past century while we are on the cusp of a new one. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >