Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

NAMEDROPPING by Richard Elman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"Falling prey to the occupational hazard of memoirists, narcissism, he also tends to see others too much in terms of himself."
An erratic, often overreaching collection of quickie biographical recollections of great, not so great, and utterly unknown litterateurs and artistes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"While readers might get tired of stooping to examine ant nests with the Kistners, the portrait of Africa from nearly four decades back makes for an unusual tale. (maps, figures, photos, not seen)"
The adventures of a family spanning more than a decade of scientific expeditions to Africa in search of some of the tiniest of that continent's wildlife. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"A view of the passing literary parade from the porch of the ivory tower."
Memoirs of an academic lucky enough to know the authors he teaches as contemporaries. Read full book review >
LOU HARRISON by Leta E. Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

That this biographical study of composer, polymath, and activist Lou Harrison began as an oral history explains a lot; its cozy tone betrays long exposure not only to octogenarian Harrison himself, but also the dizzying orbit of progressive artists, musical and otherwise, with whom he has come into contact over a long and diverse career. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"It's not for lack of material that Ware fails to deliver what she promises."
Profiles of a handful of women who have influenced American culture and politics. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1998

"Not a seminal work of scholarship, but like the Strobers' other works, a valuable contribution to the study of the modern presidency."
From the Strobers (Nixon, 1994; Let Us Begin Anew, 1993), the third in a series of oral histories of modern American presidencies, consisting of a savory stew of narratives and musings on Ronald Reagan's momentous administration, by insiders, foreign leaders, and other observers. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENCY OF CALVIN COOLIDGE by Robert H. Ferrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 1998

"A well-researched account of American policy and society during the 1920s, which should become a standard reference, to the extent one is necessary, on this anything-but-visionary president."
From presidential biographer and historian Ferrell (Indiana Univ.; The Dying President?, p. 168; Harry S. Truman, 1994; Ill-Advised, 1992), a thoughtful, suitably prosaic treatment of the life, career, and legacy, such as it is, of Silent Cal. Read full book review >
LIGHT MY FIRE by Ray Manzarek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 1998

"Even these screeds make this pop-culture memoir more engaging. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
If anyone were to write a Jim Morrison tell-all, band- and soulmate Manzarek would be the man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 1998

"Still, Canby's field exploits make for enjoyable reading, and his detailing of the society's inner workings and turmoils will keep readers turning the pages. (photos and maps, not seen)"
The life of a National Geographic staff writer—"the choicest job in the known universe"—and a disarming and especially frank look at intramural politics from one who considers himself "totally a Geographic man." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 1998

"A graceful and personal telling of a young woman's search for connections."
An absorbing memoir of three generations of African-American women. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1998

"The first third of the book, recounting the process of consolidation that led to the creation of the modern Mob, is a bit overly familiar, but the rest is a fast-moving tale, told with gusto. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Former Newsday correspondent Volkman (Spies, 1994) returns to his home turf, the peccadilloes of America's organized crime families. Read full book review >
HAVANA DREAMS by Wendy Gimbel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 1998

"Describing life in a Havana plagued with shortages of electricity, meat, and gasoline, Gimbel rejects dogma to tell an intensely personal story about how the revolution changed everything. (6 photos) (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >