Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Don't look for answers here. (16 b&w illustrations)"
A pedestrian look at the postwar Boston poetry scene by a lesser poet filled with his own self-importance. Read full book review >
THE DIFFERENCE by Judy Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 1994

"Mann makes such a clean, convincing case for breaking destructive gender roles that, even though it covers much old ground, this should be read by every parent for its practical advice."
Washington Post columnist Mann draws on the revolution that Carol Gilligan began over a decade ago—presenting an accessible case for the differences between boys and girls and proposing strategies for raising less limited, more self-aware women and men. Read full book review >

NOT SIMPLY DIVINE! by Bernard Jay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 1994

The life of the most outrageous drag queen of them all, told with plenty of tenderness and campy humor by his former manager. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 1994

"By ferreting out new sources and new material and putting the familiar tales into a broader social context, Leamer gives a clearer if not always brighter picture of what it means to be a Kennedy woman."
Another Kennedy family saga, this one focusing on the women, from Irish forebears to feminist Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A deeply disturbing picture of the degradation of ghetto life and a painfully honest account of one man's attempt to do something about it. (Author tour)"
A powerful report of the experiences of a physician living and practicing medicine in the inner city. Read full book review >

CAPONE by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

``I have never before written about someone who differed so sharply from his reputation as Al Capone,'' concludes Bergreen (As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, 1990, etc.) in this shallow life of Public Enemy No. 1. Read full book review >
DROWNING by Gerhard Durlacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

A subtly compelling, fast-paced memoir of the Nazis' coming to power, told from the point of view of a perceptive child. Read full book review >
THE DEATHS OF SYBIL BOLTON by Jr. McAuliffe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"His attribution of his alcoholism to his Indianness, for instance, comes perilously close to racism. (Author tour)"
McAuliffe, an editor for the Washington Post, offers an informative, often poignant story of a suppressed chapter of American history—a kind of Native American Roots. Read full book review >
AUDREY HEPBURN by Warren G. Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"16 pages of b&w photos, not seen)."
A spiritless biography of one of the most inspiring of all motion picture stars. Read full book review >
THOMAS MELLON AND HIS TIMES by Thomas Mellon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A charming memoir with some surprisingly meditative reflections, by an entrepreneurial leader of the time, on the bewildering changes wrought by 19th-century industrialism. (Photos and maps)"
A vastly engrossing 19th-century rags-to-riches autobiography by the somewhat priggish, but shrewd and observant, founder of the Mellon family fortune. Read full book review >
A THROW OF THE DICE by Gordon Millan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A clear but by no means simplified portrait of a fundamental modern author. (b&w photos)"
Modern poetry's most dauntingly impersonal, critically depersonalized figure gets a ``life''—his first in 50 years— that's respectful yet honest, original in findings and interpretations. Read full book review >
BUNNY BUNNY by Alan Zweibel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"And he will donate all proceeds to Gilda's Club, a cancer support center in New York City. (Pen-and-ink illustrations) (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
In a series of funny, tender, and touching dialogues, former Saturday Night Live writer Zweibel recalls his buddy-and-almost- lover friendship with SNL actress Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >