Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

A LIKELY STORY by Rosemary Mahoney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"In some ways, an unusually sharp magazine piece padded out to book length—but, nevertheless, a stylish memoir that recalls a legendary crusader caught with her armor down. (First serial to Vanity Fair and Elle)"
Bitter humor and painful honesty permeate this look back in anger 20 years to a summer spent by Mahoney (Whoredom in Kimmage: Irish Women Coming of Age, 1993, etc.) as domestic aide to Lillian Hellman, pictured here as conniving, hypocritical, abusive, and querulous in coping with age. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Put it in the category of 'Store Wars.' (Author tour)"
Attention Wal-Mart shoppers—and anyone interested in the history of retailing in America. Read full book review >

THEY FOUGHT THE LAW by Stan Soocher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Soocher is a sound legal reporter, but his courtroom tales supply little of the charismatic derring-do promised by the title."
A survey of mostly well-known lawsuits involving pop musicians, with an emphasis on forbidding legal arcana. Read full book review >
MARY BAKER EDDY by Gillian Gill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"In all, though, a genuine achievement."
Finally, a superb and balanced biography of the enigmatic American religious leader. Read full book review >
NASHVILLE WIVES by Nancy Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Sometimes, despite all the non-secrets unveiled here, the myth even seems genuine. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Fairy-tale vignettes of love and sacrifice, sprawling homes in the Nashville suburbs, and the hardships of raising children on the road riddle the interviews of Mrs. George Jones with Nashville's most talked-about spouses. Read full book review >

CHARLES AT FIFTY by Anthony Holden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Replete with quotes from anonymous confidants and sundry royal 'lunch guests,' Holden's opus will find favor with all lovers of the never-ending Windsor soap opera. (32 pages color and b&w photos) (Radio and TV satellite tour)"
Yet another portrait of the British throne's much-maligned heir, timed for His Royal Highness's 50th birthday on November 14, from a top royal biographer who's the author of several other books on Charles and Diana (Prince Charles, 1979, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A much needed portrait of a dissident faction within Israel that seeks to retain the occupied territories at any cost."
Two Israeli journalists offer an extremely troubling portrait of the extreme right-wing in their country and the occupied territories—a blend of ultranationalism and religious fanaticism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A joyful, enlightening analysis of a now-misunderstood star who answered immigrant American desires for a shared national culture. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
In a dazzling blend of entertainment and scholarship, America's top prewar musical film star is convincingly rethroned as "an exemplary part of our American heritage." Read full book review >
TRUMAN DEFEATS DEWEY by Gary A. Donaldson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"An excellent history of a remarkable event in a tumultuous time in America. (For another look at this election, see Harold I. Gullan, The Upset that Wasn't, p. 1432.)"
A new study or the 1948 election that has long been called the greatest upset in American political history. Read full book review >
CASTRO'S DAUGHTER by Alina Fernández
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Readers who brave her whines will feel that the book ends not a page too soon. (Author tour)"
Fidel's illegitimate offspring informs the waiting world that the Cuban dictator is not an especially cuddly fellow. Read full book review >
FRAMING A LIFE by Geraldine Ferraro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"What we see in these pages is not only an expression of the will to endure hardships to benefit one's child, but also the foresight and humility to embrace a goal for that child which included living a different life than that of her parents. (Radio satellite tour)"
One autobiography is enough for most people, even successful politicians. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A good factual account that fails to delve deeper into the enigma that was Carlos the Jackal. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Reuters journalist Follain relates the life, crimes, and capture of the world's best-known terrorist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >