Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

MY LIFE--IN SPITE OF MYSELF! by Roy Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 1994

"A reader is left feeling that one of the good guys has found success, but with little insight into what, beyond talent and hard work, might have raised him to the top. (B&w photos—32 pages—not seen)"
Roy Clark, the genial multi-instrumentalist and longtime host of TV's Hee Haw, tells the story of his rags-to-riches climb to stardom. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 1994

"An urgent and, after the Long Island Railroad massacre, sadly timely wake-up call to stop America's 'new tyranny' of gun violence."
A frightening tour through America's gun culture by way of a single weapon — a semiautomatic hailed by its manufacturer as "the gun that made the '80s roar," and a single criminal — a troubled Virginia teenager who used the gun in a terrifying rampage. Read full book review >

THALBERG by Roland Flamini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 1994

"An essential glimpse into the hot center of early filmmaking. (B&w photographs)"
Second full-fledged life of Irving G. Thalberg (the first being Bob Thomas's Thalberg, 1969), the Hollywood boy- wonder/producer (1899-1936) upon whom F. Scott Fitzgerald drew for his hero Monroe Stahr in The Last Tycoon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 1994

"Occasionally overdetailed, but, still, a grand, interpretive retelling of an epic chapter in the westward course of empire—with considerable appeal for lay-readers as well as scholars."
For either longterm consequences or immediate drama, there are few conflicts in history to rival that between Montezuma and Hernan Cortes. Read full book review >
INSIDE PEOPLE by Judy Kessler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 1994

"An entertaining yarn for the People mavens, but not for those in search of serious commentary on American culture. (16 pages b&w photographs—not seen)"
A lively, fast-paced account of the first 20 years of People magazine, from former People staff writer and author Kessler (Inside Today, 1992). Read full book review >

RICHTHOFEN by Peter Kilduff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 1994

"Albatrosses, Fokkers, Nieuports, Sopwiths, Spads, etc. A vivid, tellingly detailed account of a master airman and the convulsive conflict in which he made a name for himself. (Photos- -not seen)"
A meticulously researched biography that reclaims WW I's unchallenged ace of aces from the mists and myths of time. Read full book review >
A NECESSARY END by Nick Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 1994

"A heartbreaker about caring, with no easy answers."
In replaying his watch over the last six years of his parents' lives as they become ever more infirm, Taylor (Ordinary Miracles, 1993; Sins of the Father, 1989, etc.) reminds us of Shakespeare's warning that ``death, a necessary end,/Will come when it will come.'' Death is easy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"These one-liner sideshows are an acquired taste, but at his best—which can be good indeed—Alford offers genuinely rueful takes on comic aspects of the urban experience."
The journalistic equivalent of a performance artist, Alford dreams up antic minidramas in which he can play at least a supporting role, stages them, and then reviews the results. Read full book review >
CHASED by Billy Chase
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Serious, intriguing stuff rendered trite with hyperbole and tough-guy talk."
The melodramatic saga of Connecticut narcotics agent Chase, who infiltrated drug gangs from street dealers to the Gambino crime family. Read full book review >
BERTHA KNIGHT LANDES OF SEATTLE by Sandra Haarsager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"A potentially rich subject given a plodding, didactic treatment."
Journalist/Communications professor (Univ. of Idaho) Haarsager on the subject of first woman elected mayor of a major American city (1926-28). Read full book review >
THE UNQUIET GHOST by Adam Hochschild
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"As sensitive, subtle, and moving as Chekhov: journalism raised to the level of art."
Although 20 million people died during Stalin's two-decade reign of terror, Russians have only recently, with the advent of glasnost, begun to confront their memories of that time. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"A sometimes wobbly accounting but, overall, worthwhile."
An exhaustive account of Hurok's life (1888-1974) and career that disputes the ballet/music presenter's own version (S. Hurok Presents, 1953). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >