Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An absorbing, provocative study."
In an important contribution to modern US government and policy studies, Hogan (History/Ohio State Univ.) traces the development of America's national security apparatus in the first decade of the Cold War. Read full book review >
NIKE IS A GODDESS by Lissa Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Even with its shortcomings, this collection serves well as a reminder of how brief a time it has been since only 'tomboys' developed muscles, sweated, and played to win."
Calling on female sportswriters from Sports Illustrated, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, and other publications, Smith has assembled a motley collection of 13 essays, each sketching the development of a particular women's sport. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Byron jokingly reminded Sheridan's first biographer that 'Old Sherry' was 'an Irishman and clever fellow,' qualities O'Toole never understates in this superbly sympathetic life."
An astutely political and compellingly chronicled life of the man the prince of Wales described as "the most extraordinary creature alive." Read full book review >
AMERICAN ARIA by Sherrill Milnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"What could have been Wagnerian in scope ends up instead as the literary equivalent of a Top 40 tune. (50 illustrations)"
Autobiographical fluff for opera aficionados interested in knowing a bit—but not too much—about the life of one of America's popular baritones. Read full book review >
OF TIME AND CHANGE by Frank Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Of much interest to readers of Waters's novels and to students of Southwestern life and letters generally."
Literate, entertaining notes toward a memoir by the late southwestern novelist. Read full book review >

ADDIE by Mary Lee Settle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The author captures them in a kind of chorus of life and death that has now set her free."
Addie's granddaughter, the author, is the real subject here, in a delicate exploration of growing up that gives weight to the land, to the economy, to the river, and most of all, of course, to complex family relationships. Read full book review >
TRUTH COMES IN BLOWS by Ted Solotaroff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Having traveled with Solotaroff through the first two decades or so of his sometimes difficult and often very colorful life, readers will eagerly await a sequel."
Written with both thoughtfulness and Çlan, this is a Jewish intellectual's remembrance of coming of age during the Depression, WWII, and the immediate post-war period. Read full book review >
CONVERSATIONS by Marian Christy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Recycled but occasionally tantalizing sound bites from an eclectic group of accomplished women."
A series of short, sometimes revealing celebrity interviews that try to probe beyond the usual "How does it feel to be a star?" material. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1998

"It's hard to imagine a better guide to opera than Hoelterhoff, who captures its beauties and absurdities with equal zest. (8 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000)"
The Pulitzer Prize—winning critic offers a vastly entertaining peek behind the scenes at the world of contemporary opera. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

In what he describes as "discontinuous, impressionistic renderings of some scenes from a man's life," the author brings himself into focus through writing about others. Read full book review >
A WORLD TRANSFORMED by George Bush
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

"A nuanced and subtle evocation of the presidency in the middle of some of the greatest foreign policy crises of our time. (First printing of 100,000)"
A surprisingly gripping account of the foreign policy crises and triumphs of the Bush years. Read full book review >
NOBODY'S SON by Luis Alberto Urrea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 1998

"Lacking narrative drive and depth, Urrea's book is not quite a memoir, but the fragmented notes that compose these essays are often moving nonetheless."
In a memoir traversing some of the autobiographical territory covered in his previous books, poet and novelist Urrea (By the Lake of Sleeping Children, 1996; Across the Wire, 1993, etc.) delivers the last installment of his self-styled "border trilogy." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >