Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 982)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"As a brief for MacDonald, too obviously slanted to be convincing; nonetheless, a powerful tale of ethnic awakening. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen)"
The autobiography-cum-exoneration of MacDonald, once tribal chairman of the Navajo Nation, now a prisoner in a Navajo jail. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"A dirt-dishing, fast-paced progress report on a consequential and controversial magnate on whom the book has yet to be closed. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A gossipy but enlightening rundown on the madcap mogul whose contrarian approach to broadcast media has made him a billionaire and left big tracks across the globe. Read full book review >

IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS by Helen Suzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"An inspiring record of courage and principle modestly recalled—and a distinguished contribution to the history of both apartheid and women in politics."
The autobiography of renowned anti-apartheid politician Suzman—who kept the faith and fought the good fight in South Africa's long dark night of shame—that not only ``relives a magnificent battle against apartheid'' but reminds us how daunting that fight was. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"Strong in discussing Earhart as an advocate for women's equality, weaker in establishing her as an icon of popular culture. (Photographs—not seen)"
A well-argued case that gives feminist substance to Amelia Earhart's firm place in the national pantheon. Read full book review >
BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL by Herman J. Viola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Viola neither lionizes nor challenges Campbell's machismo—and this moral neutrality makes for a curiously old-fashioned biography, informative but ultimately unsatisfying. (Forty b&w photographs—not seen)"
An uncritical biography of the new US senator from Colorado, the only Native American serving in Congress. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1993

"Without Beauvoir's responses, the letters reveal the trivial and commonplace preoccupations of even the most heroic of intellects in the most trying of times."
A sequel to Witness to My Life (1992), which collected Sartre's letters to Simone de Beauvoir from 1926 to 1939. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Top-heavy with Eiseley and Newton anecdotes, limiting the popular appeal—but a must-read for biographers everywhere."
The ins and outs of the biographer's craft, by a man who has penned several (Fox at the Wood's Edge, 1990. etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE GODSON by Willie Fopiano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Fast action in a moral vacuum: frightening and compelling. (Photos—not seen)"
Gritty memoir by a former Boston gangster, written with the help of New York Post crime reporter Harney. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A fine, balanced portrait. (Fourteen halftones)"
A fascinating look at the life and thought of the great jurist and scholar that vividly connects his sometimes dry legal pedantry and his remarkable life and personality. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A solid effort that uses ample quotes and examples from Rice's work, providing insight into the man and his times. (Eighteen halftones—not seen)"
As Fountain (Journalism/Northeastern) admits in this fine biography, Grantland Rice's ``florid style'' and ``saccharin rhyme...would doom him to deserved obscurity'' today. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"But Hamblen refuses to name the names of guys who back-stabbed him, and his recounting lacks the smell of cordite, the sound of guns, the cries of the dying and wounded."
Stand-up, anecdotal, typical reminiscences of one of the Corps' all-time tough guys. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A fine addition to WW I literature."
A real curiosity: a highly mannered WW I diary, published nearly 80 years after being written and 20 years after its author's death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >