Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Judicious and well researched, the volume presents a good opening in the reappraisal of Johnson and his administration."
A convincing reassessment of Lyndon Johnson's foreign policy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"More a parade of menu items than a life, this one is bland reading for all but the most serious students of the Master. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Thirteen years (195264) of letters from James Beard, with just enough interspersed replies from West Coast culinary colleague Helen Evans Brown to reveal that more of her voice would have improved this volume. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Bell's clearly written jeremiad, with its moving portrait of the author as exemplary protester, will inspire new examinations of struggles in our citadels of power—perhaps even new protests there. (Author tour)"
A leading African-American scholar of the law, known for decrying the underrepresentation of minorities in the academy, reflects on protest and race in America. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S GENERALS by Gabor S. Boritt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Five thoughtful and well-written essays, further grist for the mill of seemingly endless fascination with America's costliest war."
An intriguing collection of essays covering much familiar ground, but with enough new insights and fresh perspectives to interest both Civil War buffs and casual readers. Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND MANY DEATHS OF HARRY HOUDINI by Ruth Brandon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Apart from occasional slips into a corny carny-huckster style and insertions of irrelevant anecdotes of her own experiences, Brandon has written an entertaining biography of a legendary figure. (24 pages of b&w photos, not seen)"
Houdini's fame is so great that he is more a metaphor for magical escape than a man, but Brandon's (The New Women and the Old Men, 1990) biography readably explores both his act's archetypal appeal and his obsessive personality. Read full book review >

SERVING IN SILENCE by Margarethe Cammermeyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite coauthor Fisher's somewhat repetitive style, the book has a power that brings readers along on this courageous soldier's journey. (16 pages of b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Jacob Marley's injunction that we all bear the chains we forge in life could be the lesson of Cammermeyer's life story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A wise and animated account of raising children well in spite of a particularly large generation gap. (Author tour)"
An inspiring, humorous, and thoughtful account of unexpected single motherhood by former LBJ White House press secretary Carpenter (Ruffles and Flourishes, 1970). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"While apologetic and loyalist at times, Esposito doesn't let the King off too easy. (16 pages of b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Esposito may not tell all, but he comes close in this brutally honest, yet loyal, memoir of his days with the King. Read full book review >
CATS OF ANY COLOR by Gene Lees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Essential reading for any serious jazz fan or student of American culture."
Another sterling collection of essays by one of our best jazz critics, drawn from his superb newsletter, Jazzletter. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE HAP-HAP-HAPPY LIKE ME by Merrill Markoe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Chuckleworthy in small doses—and a strong argument for caution. (Author tour)"
A former head writer for ``Late Night with David Letterman'' satirizes popular ``happiness materials'' (books, calendars, etc.) with her own entertaining (self-) investigations. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"For students, scholars, and policy types."
A solid but dry academic analysis of how and why the US wrongheadedly tilted toward Iraq and leader Saddam Hussein until the Gulf War. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A RADICAL LAWYER by William M. Kunstler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"One would have hoped for more from a man who has stood up for justice in courtrooms often determined to undermine it."
In this bafflingly disappointing autobiography, Kunstler, radical lawyer extraordinaire, is once again arguing a difficult case—this time his own. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >