Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"For students, scholars, and policy types."
A solid but dry academic analysis of how and why the US wrongheadedly tilted toward Iraq and leader Saddam Hussein until the Gulf War. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A RADICAL LAWYER by William M. Kunstler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"One would have hoped for more from a man who has stood up for justice in courtrooms often determined to undermine it."
In this bafflingly disappointing autobiography, Kunstler, radical lawyer extraordinaire, is once again arguing a difficult case—this time his own. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"This scrappy tale is a testament to what a powerful will can- -and can't—do in the face of severe MS."
This gritty story of a woman's desperate struggle to overcome severe chronic progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) is a sometimes grating reminder that the disabled are no better than the rest of us. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But will the public, outside the media world, be interested in this mediocre effort? (16 pages of photos, not seen) (First printing of 60,000)"
Partly a biography of ``the most influential media baron of our time,'' more a critique of that baron's stewardship of the public interest, an ambitious assemblage that falls short of a strong narrative or full indictment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The honesty and humanity with which these controversial themes are treated make for attractive reading."
Twenty professional philosophers tell how they combine intellectual rigor with religious commitment. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"He barely mentions Walker Percy until well over 200 pages into the book, by which time most nonhistorians are likely to have set it aside."
Wyatt-Brown (History/Univ. of Florida; Southern Honor, not reviewed, etc.) buries a good idea under an avalanche of scholarly detail. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A year's adventures in the world of collage, cubbies, and time-out, told with wit and humanity. (Author tour)"
An endearing and lively account of what one teacher encountered in a year with a private nursery school ``class from hell'' on Manhattan's educationally progressive Upper West Side. Read full book review >
BY ALL MEANS KEEP ON MOVING by Marilu Henner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The beautiful thing about this book is the harmonic convergence between form and content that will occur when it comes time for Henner to plug it on Leno."
``I have never apologized for my sexuality. Read full book review >
CONOR by Donald Harman Akenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"This, too, is a very fine biography, full of wit, verve, candor, and a critical appreciation of its subject."
Conor Cruise O'Brien may or may not be ``the greatest living Irishman'' or ``the most important Irish nonfiction writer of the 20th century,'' but he has certainly found a splendid biographer in historian Akenson (History/Queen's Univ., Ontario). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Perceptive, methodical, and dull. (28 photos & 2 maps, not seen)"
Plodding narrative and slack writing plague this account of the fierce 1870s events that set the stage for the legends surrounding Billy the Kid. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLE GATE by Joseph Patai
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A highly romanticized paean to the Jewish tradition of learning."
A didactic account of the author's first year of Talmud study, originally published in Hungarian in 1927 and posthumously translated. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Earnest, artful, hopeful, angry, and proud, Wideman's lovely book contains the seeds of promise for a world where black children have a rich wellspring of history to draw from, and where there's 'enough love for everybody.'"
Six discursive, stirring autobiographical essays wrestle with the social definitions foisted on the author as a black man and situate him within his own personal experiences and the collective history of his kin. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >