Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BOGART by A.M. Sperber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Dramatic, historically informative, and elegiac, this exemplifies an honorable standard in the uneven world of film biographies. (40 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Two celebrated biographers lend their diligence to this dense, insightful work on a much analyzed icon. Read full book review >
SPIDER EATERS by Rae Yang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"This is a sad story, filled with individual tragedies, but deeply revealing in its portrait of idealistic youth lost in a convulsion almost beyond human conception. (19 b&w photos, not seen)"
Moving, poetic, and honest, this is one of the best memoirs yet published of the Cultural Revolution in China. Read full book review >

RABIN by Leah Rabin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Always interesting, but this is more of a eulogy than a memoir. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A straightforward (and somewhat superficial) account of the life and times of Israel's late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by his widow. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"This strives to be candid and intimate, yet ultimately its commentary fails to break through the commemorative into the kind of real analysis that would have revealed more of the man behind the movement icon. (105 b&w photos, not seen)"
A useful survey and pictorial of the extraordinary career of the visionary Mexican-American labor leader and human-rights activist, who died in his sleep in 1993 at age 66. Read full book review >
ICEBREAKER by Rudy Galindo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"His story is more edifying than Ekaterina Gordeeva's—but can he join her on the bestseller list?"
Tonya Harding is not the only figure skater born on the worng side of the tracks—and others, like Rudy Galindo, have achieved respect along with their success. Read full book review >

MRS. WHALEY AND HER CHARLESTON GARDEN by Emily Whaley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1997

"It would have been better to drench those portions with details, which count for as much in life stories as they do in gardens. (illustrations, not seen)"
A sweet but slight bouquet: a gardening memoir told in a Southern drawl. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1997

"An arresting account of the career of a New Age intruder whose capacity to strike at will mocks the very notion of computer privacy and security. (photos, not seen)"
Having chronicled the digital-data brigandage of the notorious Kevin Mitnick (The Fugitive Game, 1996), Littman casts a cool, discerning eye on Kevin Poulsen, who led law-enforcement agencies in a merry chase along the Information Highway. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 1997

"Lots of facts, background, and stories, but Mason never gets the breath of life from Raffan."
An admiring, rather placid biography of the Canadian filmmaker and wilderness proponent Bill Mason. Read full book review >
THE PAPER TRAIL by Dorothea Straus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 1997

"A diverting but occasionally repetitive volume, mingling some perceptive work with less original observations."
The wife of publisher Roger Straus collects her ``scrapbook'' shorts on the literary luminaries of her acquaintance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 26, 1997

"A wild and woolly picture, indeed, but the main tension in Gould's gaudy, melodramatic narrative derives from the uncertainty as to whether or not she will suffer an FWTD (Fate Worse Than Death). (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A journalistic Perils of Pauline in what the author breezily terms the ``FSU'' (Former Soviet Union). Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF NANCY MITFORD AND EVELYN WAUGH by Nancy Mitford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 26, 1997

"Quite the battle of wits."
Twenty years (1946-66) of reciprocal, unconditional support between the twin sensibilities and manifestly unlike personalities of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh, expressed in a private shorthand of shared history and coined language. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 1997

"A triumph of discovery in the often strip-mined quarry of film history."
A biography of the highest-paid female scriptwriter in Hollywood becomes an exploration of the work and sustaining friendships of the leading women of early cinema. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >