Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

WIDOW'S WALK by Anne Hosansky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"But Hosansky's chronicle stands out by virtue of the author's candor about her fears and frailties, as well as of her bravery in growing to meet the challenges of her new life."
Honest, unsparing, ultimately uplifting account of magazine- writer Hosansky's passage from devastating grief to a fulfilling life alone. ``I was of the generation that went from parents to husband,'' the author says, and so the death of her mate of 39 years, travel- magazine editor Mel Hosansky, is doubly traumatic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"A moving tale of family sorrows and secrets—as well as a courageous and candid search for the truth, however painful it might be. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A provocative memoir that goes to the heart of our American identity as Haizlip (owner of a public-relations firm), while searching for her mother's family—blacks who passed for whites- -confronts the deeply intertwined but often suppressed tensions between race and skin color. Read full book review >

THE COACH'S WIFE by Teresa Godwin Phelps
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"A fine memoir-cum-defense, told from a fresh perspective. (Photographs—not seen)"
Phelps (Law/Notre Dame), wife of ex-Notre Dame basketball coach ``Digger'' Phelps, pulls no punches in this intelligent, skillful account of her family's 20 years in South Bend. Read full book review >
THE BREAD OF TIME by Philip Levine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 1994

"Restless, probing fragments of a memoir that mix lyricism and life in equal measure, creating a subtle portrait of the poet both in embryo and fulled formed."
Nine autobiographical essays (all published previously in literary magazines) by National Book Award-winning poet Levine, forming a rough but revealing chronicle of influences and inspiring moments—from the author's humbling origins to his contemplations of later life. Read full book review >
THE DRINKING LIFE by Pete Hamill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

"Maybe it should have been a novel."
Earnest memoir of Hamill's drinking days as a Brooklyn youth and young reporter. Read full book review >

LEAVING HOME by Art Buchwald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 1994

"The rest of the story can't come soon enough. (First serial to Parade)"
Humorist Buchwald turns serious, albeit not wholly so, in this affecting memoir of his painful youth and early manhood. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE, IN FACT by Irvin Leigh Matus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"A well-defined and fascinating populist argument that makes Shakespeare accessible as a hard-working and clever man of the theater. (Seventy-five illustrations)"
Although more than 300 books have disputed the authorship of poems and plays most often attributed to Shakespeare, Matus (the scholarly Shakespeare, 1991—not reviewed) now offers what he believes should be the final one, presenting an irrefutable Shakespeare who was himself and not the 56 others—scholars, royals, obscure geniuses—put forth in his stead. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A comprehensive and commanding profile that's bidding fair to become the standard reference. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations)"
The second installment of Skidelsky's three-volume biography of the 20th century's most influential and controversial economist. Read full book review >
JOSEPHINE by Jean-Claude Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"No whitewash but sympathetic and gripping indeed. (Photos—32 pp.—not seen)"
Latest and perhaps best of several recent bios of Josephine Baker (e.g., Phyllis Rose's Jazz Cleopatra, 1989)—this one by the performer's semiadopted/fully discarded son (owner of a Manhattan restaurant named Chez Josephine) and Chase (The Great American Waistline, 1981, etc.). Read full book review >
LINDBERGH by Noel Behn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"True-crime fare, then, of a compellingly high order."
Behn (Seven Silent Men, 1984, etc.) reopens a celebrated criminal case—the kidnap/murder of Charles A. Lindbergh's infant son—and renders plausible if conjectural verdicts startlingly at odds with those on the official record. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Certain to grip the imagination and emotions (and to be published in both English and Spanish language editions). (First printing of 150,000; first serial rights to Vanity Fair; TV rights to Hearst Entertainment)"
If Orestes Lorenzo didn't exist, Hollywood might have had to invent him—if it dared. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Yet another treasure, noble and uplifting, from Britain's Victorian trove."
A thorough compilation of letters that sheds new light on the Scottish writer and minister (1824-1905), a seminal figure in modern fantastic literature. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >