Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

ALFRED C. KINSEY by James H. Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

The author of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, etc., is portrayed here as homosexual, voyeur, masochist, scientist, and social revolutionary. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Ultimately, it was just a rotten bus tour and a bad-luck accident; even devoted fans may find their attention here waning. (photos, not seen)"
After two decades of research, Iowa journalist Lehmer has assembled a sometimes lively, often obsessively trivial history of the tour that culminated in the deaths of three rock 'n' roll pioneers on February 3, 1959. Read full book review >

STEICHEN by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Highly informative, and an absolute necessity for understanding the development of photography as an art form in the first half of this century. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
While working on her well-received biography of Carl Sandburg (1991), Niven became fascinated by the poet's brother-in-law, the pioneering photographer Edward Steichen (18791973). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Dan Quayle, are the only weak spots in this otherwise sound and useful volume."
An informative examination of the most overlooked national office in America. Read full book review >
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by Ella M. Foshay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Dauphin of France'')—undoubtedly a crank, but also a visionary whose particular artistic fruits have never seen an equal."
Stellar reproductions of Audubon's artwork, complemented by a nimble text from Foshay (former curator of the New-York Historical Society and an authority on Audubon), make this latest addition to Abrams's Library of American Art a treasure. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Nonetheless, this correspondence gives us wonderfully vivid self-portraits of two important Russian artists and a poignant chronicle of love struggling against the handicap of distance and the ravages of terminal illness."
A moving and intimate epistolary record of the complex relationship between the great Russian playwright and the actress who eventually became his wife. Read full book review >
RUPERT HUGHES by James O. Kemm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"History's verdicts are often unfair, but despite Kemm's best, belabored efforts to resurrect Cousin Rupert's reputation, he's arguing a losing case. (30 b&w photos)"
A tediously enthusiastic biography of a once celebrated man of letters. Read full book review >
SCRATCHING THE WOODCHUCK by David Kline
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Though Kline's thoroughly charming survey of the natural world focuses on the flora and fauna indigenous to Ohio, it has much to teach us about appreciating wild things wherever we happen to be. (four illustrations, not seen) (Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection)"
An Amish farmer's blissful account of the rhythms of nature and work, finding delight in everyday places. ``Sometimes I wonder whether I farm to make a living or whether it is all a front, just an excuse to be out in the fields looking at clouds,'' writes Kline (Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal, 1990), who works the farm in northwestern Ohio where he grew up. Read full book review >
GUEVARA, ALSO KNOWN AS CHE by Paco Ignacio Taibo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"A sentimental tale of revolutionary exploits, in which Che's own voice is clearly heard."
Mexican novelist Taibo (Leonard's Bicycle, 1995, etc.) offers his political adventure-story take on Latin America's revered revolutionary, with heavy use of excerpts from Guevara's diaries and interviews with other sources. Read full book review >
MARSHALL McLUHAN by W. Terrence Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 1997

"But as an intellectual history, it's first-rate. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A thoughtful study of the life and ideas of the celebrated media philosopher. Read full book review >
I WILL SURVIVE by Gloria Gaynor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1997

"There's been a lot of interest in a seventies revival in recent years''; if there were not, this book might never have been published. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A tired and preachy autobiography from one of the first queens of disco. Read full book review >
JAMES WELLS OF MONTANA by James A. Franks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 1997

"But these are rare shining moments in a book that swiftly goes from bad to—dagnab it—plain unreadable. (5 b&w photos)"
An inept recounting of a Montana pioneer's glory days. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >