Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"In 1996, though, it seems curiously behind the times. (Author tour)"
A spirited collection of stories interspersed with the athlete-author's often clichÇd comments and observations. Read full book review >
SIMON WIESENTHAL by Hella Pick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"There is no more disturbing memory for the West than that of the genocidal atrocities committed in WW II, and no more disturbing—and decorated—guardian of this memory than the complex man depicted here. (40 illustrations, not seen)"
A full, lucid, and moving biography of the Nazi hunter who became the ``unwelcome conscience'' of post-Holocaust Europe. Read full book review >

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI by Jürgen Kesting
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"But Kesting doesn't so much anatomize it here as offer a series of assertions, insufficiently worked out, that sound both cranky and shallow."
Kesting, the editor of the German magazine Stern's cultural department, offers a grim indictment of Pavarotti, accusing the tenor ``of no longer being a singer in an artistic world that functions according to strict rules, but rather a cult figure in a faceless amusement industry.'' Pavarotti, the author asserts, is guilty of surrendering to (and even embodying) the evils of modern ``mass entertainment,'' having long ago ``given up any pretense of high quality'' while in desperate pursuit of a mass audience. Read full book review >
APPROACHING EYE LEVEL by Vivian Gornick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1996

"Her prose is sharp and her characterizations—of her friends, modern life, and of herself— ring true. (Author tour)"
In these essays, journalist and essayist Vivian Gornick (Fierce Attachments, 1987) bravely faces—and, even more remarkable, clearly renders—loneliness and the ongoing search for human connection. Read full book review >
I WANT TO THANK MY BRAIN FOR REMEMBERING ME by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1996

"The Bard of the Boroughs is back with his accustomed wit in a chiaroscuro text that is more felicitous than the awkward title would hint."
Prototypical ink-in-the-veins journalist Breslin (Damon Runyon, 1991; The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, 1969; etc.) now reports on a matter that concentrated his mind wonderfully, a matter for which his experience never prepared him: the opening of his skull to release an aneurysm. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1996

The man behind the popular documentary Roger and Me and the short-lived series TV Nation takes a stab at authorship—and at every conservative sacred cow available. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ELEGY by Jeffrey Simpson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1996

"Uncomfortable in its finality, direct but not always graceful in style, this book is best read as the fulfillment of a final descendant's lifetime obsession."
An engaging if ultimately somber 200-year history of a family and the rise and decline of the small Pennsylvania town that was their home. Read full book review >
NONCONFORMITY by Nelson Algren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1996

"That said, this is a typically refreshing breath of cigarette-smoke-filled air from one of our most underrated writers, angry and funny as Algren usually is."
A previously unpublished work from the author of The Man With the Golden Arm and other masterful portraits of the seamy underside of urban America. Read full book review >
A DESPERATE PASSION by Helen Caldicott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"A treat for Caldicott's many admirers. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A maverick's life, told with grace and good humor. Read full book review >
LIGHT YEARS by Le Anne Schreiber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1996

"Only a tough customer could survive this emotional milling; only a fine talent could write about it so potently."
Soulful, elegant memoirs from Schreiber (Midstream, 1990) that are everywhere touched by death. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 1996

"Call them Indiana Einsteins, and call us fortunate to have Maslow to tell their stories. (photos, not seen)"
Fourteen explorers of the American tropics, mostly naturalists, are profiled with brio and obvious affection by Maslow (Torrid Zone, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1996

"From the swarm of particulars emerges a curious soul—hard traveler, hack for Empire, cosmopolite, iconoclast, anti-suffragist—a complex, absorbing character, long overdue for study. (30 b&w photos, 4 maps, not seen)"
The life of Gertrude Bell (18681926)—bluestocking, Oxfordian, orientalist—told in mind-addling detail by Wallach (coauthor, The New Palestinians, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >