Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

I LIVED TO TELL IT ALL by George Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Introspection is not the guiding force in this rags-to- excesses story. (32 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The life and times of a hard-livin' good ol' boy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Replete with compelling detail, this is a story of the magnetism of South Africa, of a troubled but tightly knit family, and of a woman who graduated from self-absorption to self- awareness in the swirling world of the theater."
The evocative autobiography of an actress born and bred in Johannesburg, whose mother found fulfillment in teaching her daughters—and other daughters of South Africa—the traditional dances of Scotland. Read full book review >

KING OF COMEDY by Shawn Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Marred only by a lack of a bibliography and footnotes, this scrupulous, skillful, incessantly fair account should go a long way toward restoring Lewis to his proper place in the entertainment firmament. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Put your mitts together for this ``sock'' biography of one of the last of the great entertainers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Required reading for medical students."
A detail-rich narrative of how one remarkably persistent woman prodded an apathetic, arrogant medical establishment into solving the mystery of Lyme disease. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Revisionist'' history without the proof; a story as entertaining, and as solid, as the supermarket tabloids. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sensational reinterpretation of the evidence surrounding the death of Adolf Hitler. Read full book review >

THE ATTIC by Guanlong Cao
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"This is a powerful portrait of political and social repression and intimate pain by a writer willing to boldly engage his own memories."
A deeply disturbing memoir of childhood in postrevolution Shanghai. Read full book review >
IDA LUPINO by William Donati
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"A welcome, gentlemanly work on a lauded yet underappreciated figure. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
A respectful overview that lets an icon of women's filmmaking emerge as a full-fledged human being, social crusader, and artist. Read full book review >
STALIN by Edvard Radzinsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"At times too rhetorical, and not always clear in its use of sources, Radzinsky's book is, in the fullest sense of the word, a tour de force. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
A remarkable and gripping biography that may change the way we view Stalin and will certainly change many of the interpretations of his life. Read full book review >
ARTHUR J. GOLDBERG by David Stebenne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"An illuminating look at a fascinating figure in 20th-century politics."
From historian Stebenne (Ohio State Univ.), an absorbing, scholarly biography of an undeservedly neglected legal thinker. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Though her quest for cleverness is occasionally relentless, Tsing Loh is a sharp, earthy observer of an eccentric world."
Humorous anthropology: a collection of Tsing Loh's columns about Southern California in the '90s, reprinted from L.A.'s hip Buzz magazine. Read full book review >
STAY HERE WITH ME by Robert Olmstead
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Written with great-hearted love and compassion in a language full of human longing and frailty, this is a book for anyone who was once young."
With a simplicity of language belying a deeply rich and subtle imagery, novelist Olmstead (American by Land, 1993, etc.) produces a variegated narrative, dreamlike in its reflection of passing youth yet rooted in the earthy prose of farm life, and always achingly hued by an 18-year-old's nascent awareness of mortality. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 1996

"A fascinating record, and a double window into the biographies of two major poets."
Spanning nearly a lifetime, from 1907 to 1963, the friendship between ``Liebes Ezrachen'' and ``Deer Bull'' makes up, in Pound's words, ``two halves of what might have made a fairly decent poet'' divided by ``the wide atlantic ocean.'' Their more than 50 years of animated letters started after a friendship at the University of Pennsylvania, continued through their ties to Imagism, then endured as they pursued their differing yet consonant ideas of poetry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >