Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

THE YOUNG PAUL ROBESON by Lloyd L. Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"It's only in his afterword that Brown injects a more intimate note, offering some wonderful anecdotes about Robeson's personal life, as opposed to his public persona. (20 b&w photos)"
This slim, workmanlike account of Paul Robeson's early years becomes fascinating by dint of its subject's remarkable achievements. Read full book review >
THE LENO WIT by Jay Walker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"This is more a silhouette than a full-fledged biographical portrait, and no competition for Leno's own current bestseller."
A mash note to the current king of the late-night talk shows. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Despite the surprisingly short shrift given to the Menendez trial, a terrific introduction to criminal defense by a master practitioner. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
Erik Menendez's defense attorney proves why she's one of the best in the business. Read full book review >
BAD BOY by John Brady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A combination of cynical political reality and modern tragedy, this volume is well worth reading. (b&w photos)"
Brady (Journalism/Univ. of Missouri), former editor of Boston magazine, provides an entertaining account of the notorious Republican political operative. Read full book review >
GLADSTONE by Roy Jenkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Still, Jenkins, who loves politics and admires politicians, has produced an authoritative life of one of his heroes."
A definitive, celebratory biography of the greatest 19th- century British political leader, by a distinguished 20th-century British politician. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"As the only sustained resource on Coe, this book is useful to media scholars, but as dramatic reading, it wants the poetic humanity of Coe's works. (20 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A long-neglected pioneer of live TV drama is appropriately praised but not brought to life in this biography by a contributing editor to Emmy magazine. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Very likable, but essentially a string of anecdotes that don't cohere into anything larger."
A witty, often endearing throwaway memoir of a young musician's professional coming-of-age in the '60s and early '70s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The details, and the transporting power of the quotidian, are what fascinate here. (illustrations, not seen)"
Selections from a year-long diary kept by a newlywed while sailing aboard her husband's merchant bark, evocatively framed with minutely researched background material by Petroski (Gravity and Other Stories, not reviewed). Read full book review >
WHITTAKER CHAMBERS by Sam Tanenhaus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Expect this book to stoke fires already burning for nearly half a century. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (History Book Club selection)"
A sympathetic full-length portrait of a man best known for making Alger Hiss and Richard Nixon famous. Read full book review >
WATCHING OUR CROPS COME IN by Clifton L. Taulbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"I could eber count'') will not play well with most readers. (b&w photos) (Author tour)"
A tepid recollection of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War from a man who watched both primarily from the sidelines. Read full book review >
AN ORIGINAL MAN by III Clegg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"In all, though, this is both an outstanding biography and an important contribution to the history of the Nation of Islam. (16 pages b&w photos, maps, not seen)"
A meticulous, absorbing reconstruction of the life of the ``Messenger of Allah'' who led the Nation of Islam for more than four decades, until his death in 1975. Read full book review >
MAYE & FAYE'S BUILDING & LOAN by Maye Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Hooray for Maye and Faye, but their story, unfortunately, is a magazine article stretched too far. ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Small-town values—integrity, responsibility, neighborliness, hard work—prevail in the success story of two sisters from West Virginia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >