Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

RUSSIA IN THE AGE OF PETER THE GREAT by Lindsey Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A remarkable work of scholarship that will open for English-speakers the full scope of Petrine Russia. (28 illustrations)"
Hughes's thorough and scholarly account is certain to become the leading study of one of Russia's most fascinating and significant periods. Read full book review >
AN ENTERPRISING LIFE by Jay Van Andel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The text is echt Horatio Alger, liberally seasoned with sincere Sunday school Calvinism, as authored by the Sage of Ada, Mich. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An earnest entrepreneur tells, more or less, how he became a billionaire and, except for governmental and media misunderstandings, how wonderful it's been. Read full book review >

THE WITNESS OF COMBINES by Kent Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Deeply felt, strikingly perceptive, and stunningly written, The Witness of Combines resonates with the wisdom and insight of a work no less than a lifetime in the making."
Two dozen beautifully crafted essays about the author's formative years on a southern Minnesota farm explore with deft grace "what it meant to love a place and lose it." Read full book review >
THE STAR FACTORY by Ciaran Carson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Beautifully written, with deep humor and a strong evocation of a very personal Belfast."
A whimsical, witty romp through the streets of Belfast. Read full book review >
LINDBERGH by A. Scott Berg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"With Berg's free access to previously unavailable documentation, this is sure to be the definitive biography of Lindbergh. (First serial to Vanity Fair; film rights to DreamWorks)"
A magisterial work chronicling the life of a great American hero, from a National Book Award—winning author. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A candid and unstinting tell-all."
This memoir doesn—t boast the perspective of hindsight; it's a teen's raw. in-your-face chronicle of events almost as they were happening. Read full book review >
I AM JACKIE CHAN by Jackie Chan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An entertaining tale, well enough told that it should be of interest even to those who have never seen a Jackie Chan film, if any such people still exist. (8 pages color, 16 pages b&w photos)"
Hong Kong action star Chan tells his story to journalist Yang (Eastern Standard Time, not reviewed), and a colorful rags-to-riches tale it is. Read full book review >
FIFTY YEARS A COUNTRY DOCTOR by Hull Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Most readers will only marvel at such a gift."
Lively tales from the rural medical beat, Texas to Nebraska, from the 1940s on. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Yet Lynch has missed the mark he set for himself: tying Sheen's popularity to larger cultural trends. (5 b&w photos, not seen)"
A thin, unsatisfactory examination of Bishop Fulton Sheen's rise to television prominence in the 1950s. Read full book review >
DIANA by Jane Fincher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"Others may be moved to a contemplation of the peculiar modern fixation with celebrity. (500 color photographs)"
In one of what will undoubtedly be a host of tributes on the anniversary of her death comes a collection of several hundred color photographs of "the people's princess," taken by the only female photographer granted access to Diana by Buckingham Palace. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 1998

"The result is edifying, richly colorful, and, at times, enthralling."
This nifty popular history spotlights the interrelated careers of the Georgian era's two most notorious good-for-nothings: Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard. Read full book review >
THE BEST THAT I CAN BE by Rafer Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 1998

"Never an ego-driven man, Johnson is perhaps the most undervalued, underpublicized sports hero in recent memory. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A diverting autobiography by the 1960 Olympic decathlon champion, told with equal parts grace, humility, and candor. 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 >