Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Entertaining and sensitive."
How six resourceful women faced the perils of being married to King Henry VIII and managed to play an active role in the man's world of early 16th century England. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Murphy, if neglecting the wider artistic developments of the Irish revival around them, exhaustively chronicles the family's multifaceted creative personalities. (101 illustrations, not seen)"
Ably following his National Book Awardnominated biography of John Butler Yeats (Prodigal Father, not reviewed), Murphy creates a detailed portrait of the Yeats family that establishes it as one rivaling the Jameses for genius. ``We are not a normal family,'' confessed Yeats once to a correspondent, understating the matter. Read full book review >

A STROKE OF GENIUS by Paul West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

The mind-body problem West (Love's Mansion, 1992, etc.) confronts in this pugnacious memoir owes more to Hippocrates than to Descartes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A fascinating record that casts each of its formidable protagonists in a gentler and more personal light."
An absorbing document of a time, a culture, and a friendship. Read full book review >
FONTEYN & NUREYEV by Keith Money
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"Money's photos and sketches remind us of the way they were."
A pretty and personal tribute to one of the great partnerships in ballet history. Read full book review >

FREEDOM'S CHAMPION by Paul Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 1994

"Enlightening and accessible to any reader interested in the struggle against slavery and for civil liberties."
An informative and brisk biography of a courageous journalist, by the senior US senator from Illinois, a follow-up to Simon's 1964 YA biography (Martyr to Freedom, not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 1994

"Despite unearthing some controversial historical possibilities, Wilson ultimately displays as much wishful thinking in making Shakespeare a crypto-Catholic as others have in attributing his plays to Francis Bacon. (54 b&w photos, not seen; 14 figures)"
In his search for the historical Bard of Avon, religious historian Wilson (Jesus: The Evidence, 1991) penetrates the Elizabethan stage's shadow world with some success but tendentiously turns Shakespeare into a cypher for crypto-Catholic theories. Read full book review >
INSIDE OUTSIDE by Andrew Riemer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 1994

Riemer, a thoughtful Australian critic and professor (English/Sydney Univ.), turns to autobiography, presenting a literate, considered work with a curious evasion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"With a more lucid tone, this account of a medicine man's unusual life might have attracted a readership beyond fans of Boyd's previous works."
Boyd (Mystics, Magicians, and Medicine People, 1989) serves as traveling secretary and appreciative witness to the actions of Mad Bear, a Tuscarora medicine man, in this pedantic account of their travels in the late 1970s. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >