Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"Stalls occasionally but, overall, a fairly smooth trip around the track. (For an overview of NASCAR, turn to Peter Golenbock's American Zoom, p. 834.) (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A year on the NASCAR circuit with the third Petty to leave his mark on racing history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"A finely written, saddening look at a complex idealist, and at what when wrong with him—and with America. (Photographs)"
A compelling life and psychological portrait of Allard Lowenstein—a prime architect of the 60's civil-rights and antiwar movements—that tells a larger story as well: of postwar American liberalism's optimistic rise and disappointing fall. Read full book review >

JOHN C. CALHOUN by Irving H. Bartlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"A fine contribution to antebellum scholarship."
A scholarly, limpid life of the southern statesman and nullifier. Read full book review >
NICO by James Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"Unevenly written and sometimes troubling—there are hints of scores settled here—but, still, a funny and engaging chronicle that puts you right on the tour bus, amid the clutter of drums and drugs and unwashed bodies."
Model, singer, and pop icon Nico was at the center of 60's hip, but when keyboardist James Young backed her up in the early 80's, a lifetime of heroin addiction had reduced her to a rude and demanding specter haunting the fringes of rock 'n' roll society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"Starkman's self-focus diminishes the struggles of thousands of other families trying to reconcile responsibilities to aging parents and growing children without strangling the creativity of the middle years."
A curious compendium of self-oriented reflections on the four years Starkman helped care for her mother-in-law. Read full book review >

RETURN TO PARADISE by Breyten Breytenbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"But it's muddied nearly the whole way through by the impressionism and cockading stylistic swirls."
In what is developing as a series of journals of visits back home to South Africa (A Season in Paradise, 1980, recounted a secret incursion in 1974), Paris-based Afrikaans poet and activist ex-prisoner Breytenbach (Memory of Snow and Dust, 1989, etc.) here faces a homeland that now will admit him but that quivers with apprehension, where change is not close to jelling. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

"Not as colorful as the Cass, but very sound—and notable for its well-rounded portrait of George, on whom the whole phenomenon of Elsa depended from the beginning. (Eight pages color, 24 pages b&w photographs)"
A biography of Joy and George Adamson (of Born Free fame) that proves a scholarly, earnest adjunct to Caroline Cass's Joy Adamson (p. 905). Read full book review >
PRESIDENT KENNEDY by Richard Reeves
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"Neither Camelot elegy nor scathing revisionism—but the kind of cool, dispassionate narrative that JFK himself might have appreciated."
Behind the scenes in the Kennedy Administration—in well- documented, unusually revealing depth. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 1993

"Helm's folksy manner can grate ('Memory lane can be a pretty painful address at times''); overall, though, a readable and evenhanded account that will appeal to Band fans and 60s nostalgists (though Barney Hoskyns's Across the Great Divide, covers much of the same ground)."
Enjoyable history of a seminal late-60's rock group, told by the group's drummer with the help of Davis (co-author, Fleetwood, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
SHADOWS IN MY HANDS by Jane Candia Coleman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

An elliptically told journey to selfhood through a landscape of transcendent beauty, lyrically evoked by a recipient of two Western Heritage Awards for her writing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Clemenceau remains an enigma here but his era comes alive through Dallas's high-flown but lively approach. (Twenty-four pages of b&w illustrations)"
Idiosyncratic but vivid account of the times—and, less successfully, the life—of the great WW I French leader Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929). Read full book review >
DISRAELI by Stanley Weintraub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 1993

"But the inner life eludes him—just as it seems to have eluded Disraeli. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Disraeli (1804-81) was an outsider who cultivated the art of letters as successfully as he practiced the craft of politics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >