Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A well-written and well-researched biography about a gifted man who needed a moral code and common sense."
The fascinating story of self-destruction by a child prodigy who became a leading savant of FDR's New Deal "brain trust." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A well-crafted if overly long work that adds much to our understanding of the politics of modern China."
A detailed study of the rise to power of China's dominant leader. Read full book review >

HARVEST SON by David Mas Masumoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But ill-arranged slices of life do not a memoir make. (Author tour)"
The richness of Masumoto's earlier memoir (Epitaph for a Peach, 1995) about life as a Japanese-American farmer in California is generally lacking here. Read full book review >
MOMMY DRESSING by Lois Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Breezily readable yet deeply painful, Gould's memoir captures the glamour, the mystery, and the pain of her mother's personal and private life.(24 b&w illustrations)"
Novelist Gould's (No Brakes, 1997; Medusa's Gift, 1991) memoir vividly captures both her joyless childhood as daughter of an aloof fashion-designer mother and the old New York that shaped them both. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An absorbing, provocative study."
In an important contribution to modern US government and policy studies, Hogan (History/Ohio State Univ.) traces the development of America's national security apparatus in the first decade of the Cold War. Read full book review >

NIKE IS A GODDESS by Lissa Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Even with its shortcomings, this collection serves well as a reminder of how brief a time it has been since only 'tomboys' developed muscles, sweated, and played to win."
Calling on female sportswriters from Sports Illustrated, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, and other publications, Smith has assembled a motley collection of 13 essays, each sketching the development of a particular women's sport. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Byron jokingly reminded Sheridan's first biographer that 'Old Sherry' was 'an Irishman and clever fellow,' qualities O'Toole never understates in this superbly sympathetic life."
An astutely political and compellingly chronicled life of the man the prince of Wales described as "the most extraordinary creature alive." Read full book review >
AMERICAN ARIA by Sherrill Milnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"What could have been Wagnerian in scope ends up instead as the literary equivalent of a Top 40 tune. (50 illustrations)"
Autobiographical fluff for opera aficionados interested in knowing a bit—but not too much—about the life of one of America's popular baritones. Read full book review >
OF TIME AND CHANGE by Frank Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Of much interest to readers of Waters's novels and to students of Southwestern life and letters generally."
Literate, entertaining notes toward a memoir by the late southwestern novelist. Read full book review >
ADDIE by Mary Lee Settle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The author captures them in a kind of chorus of life and death that has now set her free."
Addie's granddaughter, the author, is the real subject here, in a delicate exploration of growing up that gives weight to the land, to the economy, to the river, and most of all, of course, to complex family relationships. Read full book review >
TRUTH COMES IN BLOWS by Ted Solotaroff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Having traveled with Solotaroff through the first two decades or so of his sometimes difficult and often very colorful life, readers will eagerly await a sequel."
Written with both thoughtfulness and Çlan, this is a Jewish intellectual's remembrance of coming of age during the Depression, WWII, and the immediate post-war period. Read full book review >
CONVERSATIONS by Marian Christy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Recycled but occasionally tantalizing sound bites from an eclectic group of accomplished women."
A series of short, sometimes revealing celebrity interviews that try to probe beyond the usual "How does it feel to be a star?" material. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >