Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"This is likely to prove of special help to black women working to come to terms with serious depression."
``I have,'' Danquah notes early in this straightforward, moving memoir, ``been addicted to despair.'' For much of her life she has veered between bouts of mild depression and periods of extreme depression. Read full book review >
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE by Geraldine Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Brooks discovers what many of us learn only as we age—that there's no place like home. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
An evocative, superbly written tale of a woman's journey to self-understanding. Read full book review >

SPACE by Jesse Lee Kercheval
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A familiar coming-of-age story, but punctuated by the romance and thunder of rockets entering space. (Author tour)"
A sweetly honest memoir of a girl growing up amid the glare of the rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"What might have been a story of mountain savvy, courage, and luck turns into an embarrassment of clichÇs. (photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
A storm-of-the-decade, bashing the slopes of Denali, holds climbing enthusiast Kocour ``hostage to the dark side of mountaineering''—and she holds readers hostage to the dark side of outdoors writing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Revealing in details, but superficial in analyzing how Douglas, like later liberal Michael Dukakis, was so vulnerable to conservatives' media manipulation. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
As he did in The Campaign of the Century (1992), about Upton Sinclair's 1934 California gubernatorial campaign, Mitchell here explores a legendary forerunner of modern mass-media elections: the 1950 Senate contest between Richard Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas. Read full book review >

POLITE LIES by Kyoko Mori
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Though there is a sameness to some of these essays, Mori's observations about lies and their consequences build to powerful effect."
In spare essays dealing with topics such as ``Secrets,'' ``A Woman's Place,'' ``Tears,'' and ``Home,'' novelist and memoirist Mori (Shizuko's Daughter, 1993; The Dream of Water, 1995) examines the ways truth is circumvented in America and in her native Japan. Read full book review >
LANDSCAPES OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Spencer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"More than simply personal history, Spencer's self-portrait of her literary development dramatically personifies the high price the South paid for driving out its best and brightest. (photos, not seen)"
A literary memoir that's part paean to the golden-age South and part unstinting critique of that region's corrupting segregation and cultural rigidity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Certainly not a book for mainstream America, but invaluable for scholars and historians interested the real picture of rural Brazilian life in the 1920s."
An evocative portrait of a childhood of abject poverty, by one of Brazil's bestselling authors. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"So much to inspire; too much to summarize."
Her cunning as a culinary essayist, memoirist, and fiction writer won't fully prepare Fisher's many fans for her gusto as an informal correspondent. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 20, 1997

"While Eisenhower largely skirts Scott's personal life, he offers a vivid portrait of Scott's times and accomplishments, and of the violent young nation in which he came to prominence."
A great but frequently overlooked figure in America during the early decades of the 19th century now gets his due. Read full book review >
T.R. by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 17, 1997

"Missing some of the brio of Edmund Morris's The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and of the colonel himself, but a life that pays its subject the ultimate tribute of taking him seriously as an adult. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Theodore Roosevelt emerges as considerably more than his toothy Rough Rider legend in this extensively researched, psychologically penetrating biography of our 26th president. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 1997

"A uniquely absorbing and poignant study of the vanished world of the early martyrs. (11 illustrations, not seen)"
An insightful, moving account of the death of an early-third- century Christian martyr, based on her own diary. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >