Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 982)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1994

Wit and wisdom for intelligent life forms who have gotten past kindergarten. Read full book review >
BALSAMROOT by Mary Clearman Blew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Sagebrush and sage."
As Blew (All But the Waltz, 1991) watches her long-idolized aunt Imogene slide into dementia, she wisely analyzes past and present to create a stronger self and a more honest future. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Certain to be controversial, Kilzer's is an absorbing and cogently argued original contribution to WW II literature."
An audacious rereading of the diplomatic history of WW II by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Minneapolis Star-Tribune investigative reporter. Read full book review >
BEN AND JERRY'S by Fred Lager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"A diverting take on a flourishing concern that, if not precisely a commercial paradigm, does its own thing with considerable style and gusto. (Author tour)"
An insider's engagingly informal history of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., a Vermont-based enterprise known for its scrumptious ice cream, profitable growth, and idiosyncratic brand of socioeconomic responsibility. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY IS NOT MAKING THIS UP by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist and funny guy Barry (Dave Barry Does Japan, 1992, etc.) has once again collected a bunch of goofy anecdotes. Read full book review >

UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES by Sally Belfrage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"A spirited but myopic account of an adolescence that was both anomalous and all too American."
A roller coaster memory ride through the McCarthy era. Read full book review >
THE ROOSEVELTS by Peter Collier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Others—well-read in Roosevelt literature and not titillated by the bickering—will find it irritating."
A dubious new examination of the Roosevelt clan by the team that has previously delved into the lives of several American dynasties. Read full book review >
QUEEN ELIZABETH II by Nicholas Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Despite a serious final chapter offering prescriptions for reforming the monarchy, the hallmarks of this lightweight biography are wealth, power, sex, scandal, happiness that never lasts, and unnamed sources."
A massive, entertaining, and thoroughly unsophisticated look at the life of a woman the author believes is likely to be one of Britain's last monarchs. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS by Gerald Early
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Interesting but rarely illuminating."
Early's mushy, self-conscious essays recounting discussions with his daughters, poems to them, and diary excerpts have the appeal of a stranger's family album. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"It doesn't analyze anything, but for all that, it's a pretty gripping account of dirty war."
A gung-ho account of 27 years in Special Forces. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Anyone who would understand this remarkable journey must read Lurie's book."
There's no semblance or pretense of balance in this unauthorized biography of New York's scandal-plagued three-term senator, Alfonse D'Amato—a lack that is both the book's failing and the source of its fascination. Read full book review >
K.D. LANG by Victoria Starr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Fans will have to turn back to lang's music to restoke their ardor, but they'll have learned a lot here."
Though Starr fails to develop great intimacy with her reticent subject, her biography, the first of the gifted pop star, will delight lang's legions of fans. k.d. lang is the androgynous lesbian animal-rights activist with the incredible voice who has captured mainstream success against all odds. 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 >