Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 982)

WITH NAILS by Richard E. Grant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1998

"But you—d be hard pressed to find an American actor who could deliver such a refreshing combination of comedy, confession, and coruscation. (14 b&w photos)"
With just the right smattering of poison in his pen, this Swazi/British actor recounts the daily trials and tribulations of making movies. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 1998

"A classic, invaluable blockbuster history of the civil-rights movement."
Georgia congressman Lewis (with journalist D'Orso's help) crafts a passionate, principled, and absorbing first-person account of the civil-rights movement—dramatic, well-paced history fired by moral purpose and backed by the authority of hard time in the trenches. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 1998

"In this she has succeeded. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A moving and intimate study of a unique friendship but also of the time and place, now long ago, in which this friendship formed and blossomed. Read full book review >
MEDITATIONS FROM A MOVABLE CHAIR by Andre Dubus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 1998

"Still Dubus is an American original, and his talent continues to surprise. (Author tour)"
This affecting second collection of personal essays from contemporary master of the short story Dubus (Dancing After Hours, 1996, etc.) displays the distinctive direct and elegant style and often reflects the masculine Catholic worldview that inform much of his fiction. Read full book review >
RANTING AGAIN by Dennis Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 1998

"His patented sarcasm machine produces another caustic and clever, albeit impermanent, little volume."
Cable TV satirist Miller (The Rants, 1996) is throwing his barbed tantrums again, dispensing some seriously smart-alecky stuff between his patented opener, "I don't want to get off on a rant here," and his closing tag, "that's just my opinion, I could be wrong." Read full book review >

BE SWEET by Roy Blount
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 1998

"Perhaps not since Sophocles was working has there been such angst about Mama, but Blount's autobiography is fashioned by a talented writer at the top of his game; and it is real sweet, too."
Funny Roy Blount Jr. Read full book review >
A PILGRIM'S WAY by Walter C. Righter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 1998

"An informative if loosely structured and digressive memoir by a cleric who helped move his Church toward greater inclusiveness. (Author tour)"
Righter, retired Episcopal bishop of Iowa, tells the story of the nationally publicized heresy trial brought upon him for ordaining a gay man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1998

"With the dropping of names from Wyandanch to Spielberg, Book Hampton should have trouble keeping it in stock."
Gaines has written a page-turner, and the Hamptons have a historian and folklorist who fits them like a glove. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1998

"Agreed. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
The ambivalence of pen-toting expatriates is Zwerdling's absorbing subject. Read full book review >
GARY COOPER by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"The book's lifeless prose suggests great haste and no small lack of interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The indefatigably prolific Meyers (Bogart: A Life in Hollywood, 1997, etc.) continues to work his way through the major icons of American film. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"While sometimes overly reflective of Anthony's painstaking research, this biography is a fascinating account of one of the most complex of all the political wives of this century. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealing biography with unmistakably powerful contemporary parallels to recent presidential spouses, from Anthony (First Ladies, 2 vols., 1990, 1991). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"In the end, the mystery remains a mystery, perhaps because Hikari is unknowable, but Cameron's engrossing account seems likely to arouse interest in the works of both father and son."
A little book with a large agenda: to describe the uniquely interdependent relationship of Nobel Prize—winning Japanese novelist Kenzaburo Oe and his severely brain-damaged son, Hikari, scrutinize the fictionalized representations of Hikari that are central to Oe's novels, appraise Hikari's musical compositions, analyze the nature of creativity, and delve into the workings of the human brain. 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 >