Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

APPALACHIAN LEGACY by Shelby Lee Adams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

paper 1-57806-049-4 A further documentary record of the lives of nine families in Appalachia by the creator of Appalachian Portraits (1993). Read full book review >
A PIRATE LOOKS AT FIFTY by Jimmy Buffett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"Both Parrotheads and those with a taste for the Caribbean find something for their palates here. (Author tour)"

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"But there are also wonderfully told stories here that are a textbook on how to organize everything from a street-corner rally to a union."
Schrank's autobiography would be a yawner—yet another memoir of a radical who decided to get comfortable—if he weren't a good storyteller and if he didn't write from the point of view of a union member and organizer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"Her book is a solid study of the birth, growth, and struggles of this computer giant. (Author tour)"
A thorough, thoughtful account of how America Online left its status as a lark to become the much-maligned but presently undisputed king of online services. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"An able spokesman for the poor and chronically ill, those whose voices he believes are seldom heard in the debate over health policy in this country, he has given us stories to remind us that abstract policies affect individuals who could be us or those we love."
Using his patients' personal stories to illustrate dramatically how medical care once worked and how it works today, a concerned and caring physician makes clear just why he fears the current system has a very poor prognosis. Read full book review >

MR. MIKE by Dennis Perrin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"Freelance writer Perrin has done a signal job of reclaiming the edgy spirit and importance of O'Donoghue's work. (Author tour)"
A discerning, sharply drawn portrait of the life and work of one of the founding fathers of contemporary comedy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"Lovingly collected, these scatterings of Davies's singular talent are typically abundant and a welcome addition to a corpus like no other in contemporary literature."
On the evidence of his immense legacy in print, the late novelist Davies was a man of profound artistic appetite; this, the second posthumous collection of his criticism, shares the exuberant and casual erudition of the first (The Merry Heart, 1997). Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >