Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

EL SID by David Dalton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 1997

"Let the reader be forewarned, El Sid is often obscene, violent and disturbing, but then, so was the life of its protagonist; at least the typical glamorization of Sid Vicious is avoided."
Wildly uneven but ultimately compelling, Dalton's chronicle of Sid Vicious's (John Simon Ritchie) years as the bassist in the Sex Pistols covers little new factual ground but offers a fresh angle on a widely misunderstood young man. Read full book review >
WITH CHATWIN by Susannah Clapp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 1997

"This tribute captures both sides with grace and charm—a must-read for all his fans."
Clapp, who was Bruce Chatwin's dedicated editor at the British publisher Jonathan Cape, offers a delightful remembrance of the celebrated travel writer and novelist, drawing on her own experiences and on those of his closest friends. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A candid book whose look backward provides a hopeful blueprint for reviving the possibilities that seemed so endless in the 1960s. (Author tour)"
A stunningly revelatory chronicle of a generation long misunderstood. Read full book review >
TALES OF GOOD AND EVIL, HELP AND HARM by Philip Hallie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Such crisp, plain-spoken, and forceful prose exemplifies this fine summary of one of those very rare lives spent immersed, intellectually and personally, in issues of active moral engagement."
In a world that often seems permeated with cruelty and indifference, why are there always a few people actively engaged in rescuing others, even at enormous personal risk? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Scotty's real monument is not this book, but his music. (65 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The sad trajectory of Elvis Presley's life is a familiar story, but this memoir does shed a little new light on the early years. Read full book review >

MY NAME ESCAPES ME by Alec Guinness
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"His diary may not make for gripping material, but it does seem to suggest an ideal way to spend one's retirement."
An amiable if unsurprising daily diary (covering all of 1995 and half of 1996) from the great British thespian. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A jolly, sparkling trip through Elvis country. (photos, not seen) (For another look at Elvis impersonators, see Leslie Rubinkowski, Impersonating Elvis, p. 858.)"
A rollicking piece of gonzo journalism by a novelist whose first book, Stark Raving Elvis (1984), was a fictional take on the same subject. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Despite the provocative title, there's no sensationalism here- -just solid research and the calm and persuasive voice of reason."
Using as his case in point the well-known Kimberly Bergalis incident—in which a dentist was suspected of having infected Bergalis and several other patients with the AIDS virus—Rom probes deeply into the question of how public health policy is made. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A stark, strained account of a singularly courageous couple, at the point where black-and-white cinematography meets naked truth. (photos, not seen)"
Schindler's list of triumphs and failures as recollected by the Holocaust hero's unsung and oft-stung widow. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A broad, vividly written work of historical reconstruction. (maps and illustrations, not seen)"
From a veteran historian of the West, a fine account of early American explorers, a unique group of men who ``could be led but not commanded.'' The mountain men, Utley (The Lance and the Shield, 1993) writes, were a ``mostly illiterate'' bunch of rough-and-tumble entrepreneurs, given to gaudy dress, drunkenness, and, often, mindless violence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"While the baroness's story might make a more satisfying novel than biography, Vella makes up for the occasional skimpiness of her material with an easy, elegant style. (36 illustrations, not seen)"
A charming biography of the Baroness de Pontalba (17951874), a wealthy 19th-century American expatriate. Read full book review >
FIRST SEAL by Roy Boehm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Strong, exciting reading, laced with military profanity and humor."
The high-adventure story of the legendary Boehm—founder and guiding spirit of the famed SEALs, a highly decorated veteran of three wars—and his tumultuous 30-year career in the US Navy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >