Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"For a man often accused of grandstanding, Bratton (with the help of James Carville's and Mary Matalin's coauthor Knobler) has written a surprisingly readable and reasonable book."
The former police commissioner of New York City tells all. Read full book review >
SURVIVING THE TOUGHEST RACE ON EARTH by Martin Dugard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Not everyone will feel the Raid's calling. (16 illustrations, not seen)"
In the true spirit of a participant/observer's way to knowledge, sports journalist Dugard tackles the vigorously insane sport of adventure racing. Read full book review >

STAR-SPANGLED MEN by Nathan Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Fortunately, even the worst American presidents haven't destroyed the country, making it possible to enjoy this survey of their follies."
A humorous look at the less distinguished former presidents. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Morris equally convincingly shows history weighing heavily, for once, on Hollywood. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A certain modesty of scope, a specificity of observation, and an adherence to the ingrained understanding of a native are what make this ``the-making-of'' story a surprisingly successful book about the legacy of the civil rights movement. Read full book review >
GENUINE REALITY by Linda Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Simon does such a good job on James's life, one only wishes she'd spent a little more time on his ideas. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A solid, brass-tacks biography of the great American philosopher and founder of pragmatism. Read full book review >

DANCING WITH STRANGERS by Mel Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"My Favorite Things'' (1960)—he manages to claim the era, and his identity, as his own."
A former editor at the New York Times Book Review and the author of a well-received history of African-American humor (On the Real Side, 1994), Watkins here recalls his 1950s coming-of-age as a black youth in Youngstown, Ohio, and a student at mostly white Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Read full book review >
NOW AND THEN by Joseph Heller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Knowing, winningly funny, and engagingly bittersweet."
The author of Catch-22 and five other novels looks back on the Brooklyn streets that spawned his twisted sense of humor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Had the campaign not collapsed, it's hard not to imagine, after reading this, that the FBI would have tried its best to do the job itself."
A valuable spotlight on the ``dark counterpoint'' to the history of the civil rights strugglesthe government's racist spy and smear campaigns. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"An absorbing and first-rate contribution to Lincoln studies. (2 maps and 3 photos, not seen)"
In a 1932 essay, James Thurber imagined a librarian of Congress, overwhelmed by pointless biographies of Civil Warera figures, imposing fines for new books about Lincoln. Read full book review >
NIETZSCHE IN TURIN by Lesley Chamberlain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 1998

"It is an event to be savored."
A vivid, shrewd, and above all engrossing exploration of Friedrich Nietzsche's last works and days in Switzerland and Italy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 1998

"Tributes to those still living run the risk of grandiosity, to which the long collection sometimes succumbs; all but fervent admirers of Kramer's should read selectively."
A diverse group of writers, academics, physicians, and social activists reflect, with varying levels of insight and eloquence, on the career of playwright and AIDS provocator Larry Kramer. Read full book review >
MARY BUTTS by Nathalie Blondel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 1998

"As a sole gateway to a lost writer, this is significant for students of British modernist writing; but only more critical dialogue could establish her place in the canon. (32 photos, not seen)"
A neglected British modernist writer is resurrected in exhaustive personal detail but only partly convincing critical measure. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >