Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 1997

"Four stories that remind us of the human dimension of history. (10 illustrations, not seen)"
Four touching and tragic stories revealing the paradoxical nature of Italian fascism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 1997

"A vivid, excellently crafted journey through recent history, as well as through one man's life. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An American success story, shot through with praise for—and some well-placed criticism of—the author's adoptive country. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 1997

"Strong, well-documented charges that are certain to stir rebuttals."
A thorough demolition of the reputation of Bruno Bettelheim, who is depicted here as tyrannical, arrogant, cruel, and above all a consummate liar. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"Ultimately, Behar's writings here are more personal essay than anthropological study, failing to clarify the application of her notion of anthropology that breaks your heart."
These readable, insightful essays are linked by the tension between the traditional academic view of anthropology as objective science and accomplished anthropologist Behar's (Univ. of Michigan) desire to admit the subjectivity, or ``vulnerability,'' that often plays a role in the work. Read full book review >
DIARIES by Christopher Isherwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"Maundering, prolix, altogether daunting."
Mixing mournful self-interrogation about sex, art, and politics; less than lucid delvings into spiritual matters; and wry chatter about acquaintances both obscure and celebrated, Isherwood's voluminous diaries provide rather too wide a window onto the eminent novelist and memoirist's foibles. Read full book review >

LEAVING PIPE SHOP by Deborah E. McDowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"Somewhat satisfying as social history, this narrative is less successful as personal memoir. (photos)"
The background is rich but the core is hollow in this memoir depicting a young African-American woman's coming of age in the precivil rights South. Read full book review >
CASTLES BURNING by Magda Denes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Wry and tragic, her story brings the horrifying realities of wartime to vivid life."
The wise, heartbreaking, and very human account of a childhood interrupted. Read full book review >
A PLACE IN NORMANDY by Nicholas Kilmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Kilmer's gentrified-hippy sensibility, at first rather engaging, grows thin long before the narrative winds down. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Quaint, quirky, leisurely, and often confiningly parochial, this is a paean to the rambling farmhouse in Normandy that's been in his family since 1920 and that Kilmer can't resist trying to restore to habitability. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Raskin puts Hoffman into his American context and offers fascinating insight into both. (25 b&w photos, not seen)"
An insightful biography that paints provocateur extraordinaire Abbie Hoffman as the paradigm of the 1960s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Surely as biased toward the right as the media allegedly are toward the left—but for all that, this shoot-from-the-lip politico is on target in calling for greater press self-scrutiny. (Author tour)"
Simpson, retiring this January after 18 years in the Senate, would, judging from this combative memoir-critique, probably agree with Oscar Wilde's bon mot, ``In the old days men had the rack; now they have the press.'' At first, Simpson (R-Wyo.) basked in his reputation for hard work, plain speaking, shrewdness, and collegiality—all of which earned him a prized post as assistant Senate minority leader and a Washington Post headline as ``A Western Breeze Through a Stuffy Senate.'' Before long, however, that image had degenerated into one of a thin-skinned pol ready to stick it at a moment's notice in the media's ``gazoo'' (a word he coined), and as a symbol of all the men who ``didn't get it'' when Anita Hill gave her controversial testimony about Clarence Thomas before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Here historical events appear only as backdrops to the real focus of this disappointing narrative—designer clothing, fancy cars, Europe's haut monde, and jaded royal circles. (photos, not seen)"
Too much like her heroine, author Sutherland is so seduced by power and glamour that she inflates her subject's literary and historical significance. Read full book review >
GIRLS ONLY by Alex Witchel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"I took my SATs in'') may be willing to give her the benefit of the doubts raised by her presumption of an audience for all of her privileged communications."
In the saucy short profiles she regularly turns out for the New York Times, Witchel displays a knack for breeziness that doesn't come so naturally here: Sustaining it for the length of a book means sometimes forcing it, and this time the subject is personal—the bonds and unresolved tensions among her mother, her sister, and herself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >