Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 973)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"One of the best books ever written about biography, psycho- or otherwise."
Psychologist Elms wants to transform bestselling, warts-and- all biographers (``pathographers,'' as Joyce Carol Oates has labeled them) into sensitive, thoughtful chroniclers of textured lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Still, a good introduction for American fans. (8 pages of b&w photos, not seen)"
A lively authorized biography of Mbongeni Ngema, creator of Sarafina! and other successful musical tales of black South African protest. Read full book review >

AN INDIAN IN WHITE AMERICA by Mark Monroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Written in simple, direct language and told at a sometimes slow, methodical, pace, it will reward patient readers with an illuminating look into what it means to be a member of America's Native minority."
This glimpse inside the reality of life for current Native Americans will intrigue but also appall in its depiction of their plight. Read full book review >
BEYOND PSYCHOLOGY by Wilhelm Reich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Ideal material for a screenplay about a 20th-century mad scientist."
Madness and pathos alternate in these selections from the controversial psychoanalyst's (18971957) papers, which document the scientific delusions and personal difficulties that preoccupied him from the mid-1930s through his immigration to America on the eve of WW II. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

The tale has been told many times, the theories get ever more intricate, but Canute himself could not still the waves of interest in British spy Kim Philby and what author Brown (Bodyguard of Lies, 1975) calls with some justice ``the spy case of the century.'' This book's new wrinkle is that it's a dual biography of Kim and his father, the formidable H. St. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Marsalis is a lot more appealing when he gets off his soapbox and concentrates on extolling (with considerable eloquence) the music he loves."
Marsalis writes as elegantly as he plays the trumpet, so fans will doubtless enjoy his atmospheric musings on playing jazz across America, nicely complemented by photographer/filmmaker Stewart's glamorously black-and-white photos. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A significant, lucid presentation of a little-known slice of Jewish history, the history of science, and the history of racism. (11 illustrations, not seen)"
A thorough and fascinating study of how 19th-century gentile and Jewish scientists worked to find a scientific understanding of race and of how that labor affected their views of Jews. Read full book review >
NELSON by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"To understand what made Nelson different from his contemporaries, one will have to read elsewhere."
A lively but incomplete biography of Admiral Nelson that keeps most strategy below decks and instead concentrates on one of the more celebrated adulteries in history. Read full book review >
DOROTHEA LANGE by Elizabeth Partridge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Still, this compendium is respectfully assembled and nicely documented. (Partridge has produced a companion film to accompany the book.)"
A general introduction to the life and work of photojournalist Lange that draws on family remembrances, scholarly evaluations, and a handsome picture portfolio. Read full book review >
DEPECHE MODE by Dave Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"This book's treasures remain decidedly modest; it fails all too often to rise above puffery and reach a convincing level of critical integrity."
The biography of a synth-band the cognoscenti love to hate, but which has managed to thrive in the hothouse world of British pop and more recently in the US. Read full book review >
BOB MARLEY by Bruce W. Talamon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"As a result, they not only are more interesting but also convey more powerfully a sense of Marley's genuine charisma."
Talamon's duotone photographs capture Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley (194581) with a rough humanity that comes as a relief after Steffens's hagiographic text. Read full book review >
VANESSA REDGRAVE by Vanessa Redgrave
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"She makes this case so convincingly that the reader is left wanting to go back and see every part she has played—more often than not brilliantly—with the new eye this book provides."
In keeping with celebrity autobiographies, Redgrave offers a tell-all memoir—except that the passions she reveals are for politics, not sex. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >