Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1994

"Best for addicts of the genre."
The rise and fall of a top Chicago mobster, by ex-FBI agent Roemer (War of the Godfathers, 1990). Read full book review >
JANET RENO by Paul Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 1994

"A solid introduction to an American original, written with journalistic verve."
A lively, balanced portrait of the nation's first woman attorney general, by a Miami Herald reporter. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1994

"Chandler fits persuasive, albeit circumstantial, evidence into the puzzle of Lewis's death, situating it in the country's turbulent early era, but ultimately does not fill all the gaps and unknowns. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
Chandler sets out to prove that the mysterious death in 1809 of explorer Meriwether Lewis was a murder and that the plot was masterminded by an ally of former president Thomas Jefferson and sanctioned by Jefferson himself. Read full book review >
DIGGING UP BUTCH AND SUNDANCE by Anne Meadows
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1994

"Fun and wonderfully suspenseful, both as a historical mystery and as a travelogue. (16 pages of photos and 16 maps, not seen)"
A delightful dip into popular historical research as the author, a Washington, DC, lawyer and journalist, sets out to determine the real fate of legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1994

"I Am Roe is a compelling exploration of how one woman negotiates being a symbol and being herself. (Author tour)"
McCorvey, known to the world as Jane Roe, the plaintiff in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Read full book review >

MOTHERHOOD DEFERRED by Anne Taylor Fleming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1994

"Manipulative yet effectively moving and very personal—a diary written with the benefit of hindsight. (First serial to the New York Times Magazine)"
The desperate quest to conceive, by a middle-aged, fadingly fertile woman who had nurtured her freelance writing career until the brink of too late. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1994

"A powerful primer on the futility of temporizing with evil."
A significant addition to the ongoing discussion of the extent to which Germany's most important musical figure was co-opted by the Nazis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1994

"Epic, engrossing, big."
A one-volume edition of Hamilton's (JFK: Reckless Youth, 1992) three-volume biography, which won the Whitbread Award. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1994

Wit and wisdom for intelligent life forms who have gotten past kindergarten. Read full book review >
BALSAMROOT by Mary Clearman Blew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Sagebrush and sage."
As Blew (All But the Waltz, 1991) watches her long-idolized aunt Imogene slide into dementia, she wisely analyzes past and present to create a stronger self and a more honest future. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Certain to be controversial, Kilzer's is an absorbing and cogently argued original contribution to WW II literature."
An audacious rereading of the diplomatic history of WW II by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Minneapolis Star-Tribune investigative reporter. Read full book review >
BEN AND JERRY'S by Fred Lager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"A diverting take on a flourishing concern that, if not precisely a commercial paradigm, does its own thing with considerable style and gusto. (Author tour)"
An insider's engagingly informal history of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., a Vermont-based enterprise known for its scrumptious ice cream, profitable growth, and idiosyncratic brand of socioeconomic responsibility. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >