Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

MANKILLER by Wilma Mankiller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 1993

"For a more nuanced and powerful Native American autobiography, try Peter MacDonald's The Last Warrior, reviewed above. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Disappointing autobiography by the first woman to lead a major Indian nation. Read full book review >
THE TENOR'S SON by Candido Bonvicini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 1993

"Stick with the recordings, particularly the early ones, before the voice became pushed and the handkerchief started waving. (Sixteen pages of photographs)"
You know Luciano, eh? Read full book review >

TONY CURTIS by Tony Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Could do very well. (Thirty-five b&w photos—not seen)"
Lippy memoir of actor/painter/novelist Bernard Schwartz, a hard-luck kid from gang-ridden New York who went to Hollywood in his early 20s and became known as Tony Curtis; told with Paris (Louise Brooks, 1989) inserting interviews with Curtis's friends, co-workers, and family members into the otherwise all-Curtis text. Read full book review >
UPSIDE YOUR HEAD! by Johnny Otis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Essentially a cranky look at politics and today's pop music. (Seventy-five b&w photos)"
Hodgepodge of essays, reminiscences, and radio-interview transcripts by L.A.-based R&B drummer/concert promoter/songwriter Otis. Read full book review >
MAHATMA GANDHI by Dennis Dalton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1993

"A bit too thick on intra-Indian political squabbles; otherwise, a tidy presentation of a sociopolitical vision that seems as fresh and radical today as it did half a century ago."
Worthy study of Gandhi (1869-1948) as a political and social leader, by longtime Gandhi scholar Dalton (Political Science/Barnard). Read full book review >

TINA MODOTTI by Margaret Hooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1993

"A bit marred by unleavened prose, but a thorough account in words and photographs of an exceptional woman whose tragic life was nevertheless one of uncommon achievement. (125 b&w photographs)"
Hooks (a Mexico-based journalist) offers a well-researched, deeply sympathetic, and superbly illustrated biography of the passionate Tina Modotti (1896-1942), whose love of Communism, photography, and men made her a legend in her own time. Read full book review >
EDWARD AND ALEXANDRA by Richard Hough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1993

"An adulatory study of the British royal family before it became a soap opera. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs)"
Smooth but shallow dual biography of the king and queen who succeeded Victoria on the British throne, by Hough (coauthor, The Battle of Britain, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1993

"Suffused with the sense of wonder that unites the wide-eyed child and the white-haired Nobel laureate: an uncommonly good collection. (Twenty illustrations)"
Twenty-four shapely essays, most drawn from American Scientist, by paleoichthyologist Thomson (Living Fossil, 1991), president of the Academy of Natural Sciences. Read full book review >
THE GAME SHOW KING by Chuck Barris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Gong! (Photographs—not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
Raunchy, disorderly memoir from the man who bestowed The Gong Show, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and other entertainments on the American public. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"An engrossing story, lamely told. (Thirty-four b&w photographs) (For a look at another Stone, see Davin Seay's Mick Jagger, reviewed below.)"
Gossipy account of the rise and fall of Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones. Read full book review >
DANCING SPIRIT by Judith Jamison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"An interesting chronicle of Jamison's development and philosophy—but the woman remains an enigma. (Forty-five b&w photographs—not seen)"
Jamison, a major figure on the American dance scene, is best known as an Alvin Ailey leading lady and muse; she has lesser credits as a choreographer and teacher—and is now cause for excitement as artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Read full book review >
LUPE VELEZ AND HER LOVERS by Floyd Conner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1993

"A benchmark in the art of paste-pot bio—and winner of the Plan Nine from Outer Space Award as the worst movie book ever written. (Sixteen pages of photographs)"
Dizzyingly dreadful bio of the once-famous ``Mexican Spitfire,'' who racked up lovers like billiard balls and married Tarzan, a.k.a. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >