Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

SPLIT by Lisa Michaels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 1998

"A decent autobiography, but a good—sometimes excellent—essay that reflects the counterculture less by the happenings it describes than by the intensity and honesty with which it is written."
A memoir about growing up as the daughter of a radical father and a hippie mother—but mostly just about growing up. Read full book review >
MANAGING MARTIANS by Donna Shirley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1998

"Never say die! (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
To paraphrase the old soap opera: Can a rich girl from a small Oklahoma town find success and happiness married to her job as first woman manager of a NASA space program? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 1998

"Not the least bit dispassionate, but highly evocative eyewitness history."
The turbulent, even toxic political atmosphere of Washington is contrasted with the deep humanity and political wisdom of Abraham Lincoln in these revealing reports of a Civil War journalist. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >