Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1993

"A class act that, sadly, will have no encore. (Thirty-two pages of photos—not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 1993

"The new standard against which all future lives of Sitting Bull will be measured. (Thirty-two b&w photographs, three maps) (History Book Club Main Selection)"
Enormous, groundbreaking biography of the great Lakota Sioux war chief (c. 1831-90). Read full book review >

ROAD TO HEAVEN by Bill Porter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1993

Porter, who as ``Red Pine'' has written several studies of Eastern religions (The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma, 1989, etc.— not reviewed), now clambers over the Chugnan mountains of central China in search of solitary mystics and saints. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1993

"Best for country-music buffs and scholars, particularly with its descriptions of the Nashville growth years in the 50's and 60's. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Country boy from dirt poverty makes millions as a Nashville publisher/producer/writer. Read full book review >
GRACE BEATS KARMA by Neal Cassady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1993

"This isn't everyone's cup of tea, of course, spiked as it is with huge dollops of self-indulgence, but it's a welcome—if relatively minor- -literary and cultural offering that some will down like elixir."
Unlike the Beats and hippies he inspired and who enshrined him in turn (most notably as Dean Moriarity in On the Road), Cassady (1926-68) left behind few writings other than a big mess of a novel, The First Third (1971). Read full book review >

IN MY OWN SWEET TIME by Blanche Cooney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1993

"A striking record of unwavering commitment, told without gloss or sentimentality—and, like the best autobiographies, with all the shading and narrative drive of a good novel."
A beguilingly candid love story of the two radicals—the author and her husband, Jim—who founded the Phoenix, the quarterly that first published Henry Miller in the US. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1993

A lengthy, albeit consistently engrossing, take on the Reader's Digest and how it became one of the worlds's most influential periodicals. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1993

"A provocative and—given our concern about an imbalance of trade with Japan—unusually relevant examination."
As the Clinton Administration prepares for a potential trade war with Japan, historian McGlothlen—drawing on interviews with contemporaries of former secretary of state Dean Acheson (Dean Rusk and Paul Nitze among them) and quoting from original policy memoranda—outlines in detail the evolution of US policy toward Japan's trading partners. Read full book review >
JUDY GARLAND by David Shipman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 1993

"If you can take it, it's a great story. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs)"
Big, heart-heavy bio of Garland that—though never stylish- -holds throughout. Read full book review >
CLARK GABLE by Jane Ellen Wayne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1993

"Wayneland recycled."
The King of Tragedy is discovered behind the King of Hollywood—by the Queen of Trash Bios. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR THE KLONDIKE STONE by Elizabeth Arthur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1993

"Like the author's camp memories, better savored than wolfed down: a splendid evocation of wisdom acquired in a demi-Eden by a writer of great grace and sensitivity."
A loving celebration of those special refuges of childhood that are forever the measure of happiness for those fortunate enough to have known them. Read full book review >
RIBBENTROP by Michael Bloch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1993

"Bloch controls his material expertly, balancing personal and historic elements to produce a fascinating, cautionary tale. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen)"
Powerful study of a life in Hitler's service, by Bloch (The Secret File of the Duke of Windsor, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >