Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"That said, there are many wonderful letters here, by Max Beerbohm, George Bernard Shaw, and Lord Alfred Douglas, discussing Oscar Wilde, and a sheaf of letters by various members of the Bloomsbury circle."
A lively and wide-ranging collection of sparkling missives, beginning with Sappho and ending with John Cheever, that offers pleasurable reading but fails to make the editor's larger point: that the letters, largely by accomplished writers, ``record a rich and remarkable slice of the gay experience.'' In fact, many of the letters don't address gay issues or demonstrate a particular gay sensibility at all. Read full book review >
A DAY IN PART 15 by Richard Ross
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"And he still isn't."
A Bronx Family Court judge recounts his first full day on the bench, improvising his way through 57 blood- and tear-stained cases. Read full book review >

CHIEF JUSTICE by Ed Cray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"In contrast, Cray's thorough and respectful account reminds us of how one person's courage, integrity, and vision helped fulfill the Constitution's promise of liberty and dignity. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
An informative, comprehensive, easy to read biography of the great and good chief justice who, during the mid-20th century, changed the visage of American law, by Cray (General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
BOGEYS AND BANDITS by Robert Gandt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"A fascinating look into an arcane, risky, high-tech world inhabited by bright, brave youngsters. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Tales from the cockpits and ground-training classes of those learning to fly the navy's most advanced fleet fighter/bomber jet- -the FA-18 Hornet. Read full book review >
PHILIP OF SPAIN by Henry Kamen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Essential reading for all students of the turbulent 16th century. (32 illustrations, not seen) (History Book Club selection)"
A scholarly and comprehensive biography that reconsiders the reputation of King Philip II of Spain (152798). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"An often riveting insider's perspective on the writing life by some of our foremost authors. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
These excerpts from more than 150 of C-SPAN's weekly Booknotes interviews have all the conversational richness of the fabled Paris Review interviews. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"A vivid history revealing the extraordinary bravery and crucial roles of blacks in the American military. (photos, not seen)"
A survey of the attempts by African-Americans to serve their country in an often reluctant military Lt. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Wait for the screen version. (Author tour)"
A son's affectionate but sketchy little memoir of the bittersweet romance between his octogenarian father, Clyde, and Gussie, a widow of similar years. Read full book review >
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH by Laurence Leamer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"A disturbing, solid outing whose lessons will interest fans of all styles of pop music."
An exhaustive journey into the heart and cash-glutted soul of today's country-music scene that overturns many long-held perceptions about the field—and its fans. Read full book review >
THIN ICE by Bruce McCall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"McCall is always amusing, but his survivalist comic viewpoint is instructive, too, as a model for overcoming truly miserable circumstances."
New Yorker humorist McCall (Zany Afternoons, not reviewed) effectively cauterizes his own dysfunctional family with his trademark red-hot, rapier wit. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Merton at his best: sophisticated, honest, humorous, and mystical."
In this volume of previously unpublished writings (the fifth installment of his journals), Merton speaks of his new life as a hermit and his reactions to contemporary upheavals in the Catholic Church and American society. Read full book review >
FULL CIRCLE by Radek Sikorski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Nonetheless, Full Circle is an engagingly written and enlightening look at contemporary Poland and its zeitgeist. (10 b&w photos, maps, not seen)"
Peter Mayle meets Foreign Affairs in this double-edged tale of reconstruction in post-Communist Poland. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >