Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

ROALD DAHL by Jeremy Treglown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"The enigma of Dahl himself, like the elusive charm of the tales, survives even this fine analysis."
In this brief and insightful biography, Treglown (Ed., TLS, 1982-90) probes the dark and volatile nature of this postmodern Pied Piper whose macabre tales bewitched millions of children and their parents, earned fortunes for his publishers, and redefined the genre of children's literature. Read full book review >
BLACK FIRE by Nelson Peery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"His autobiography provides not only a portrait of a fascinating life but a history of 20th-century black radicalism."
A well-written and engaging autobiography from a hitherto little-known figure in American radicalism. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"A balanced account of a storied fighting man's achievements on and off the battlefield. (16 pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A first-rate narrative take on the life and times of Lt. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"The forthright text has 13 contemporary photos."
A blunt, spare autobiography from a past president of the American Fighter Aces Association. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"And he explains how the others are grounded in the cuisine he knows and does best. (Book-of-the-Month- Club Alternate Selection)"
Franey, recently retired from his New York Times and syndicated food column, looks back with clarity, precision, and considerable charm on his Burgundy childhood in a food-centered family; his rigorous training in Paris eateries (after leaving home and school forever at 14); and his American career as a French chef making his name in restaurant kitchens, newspaper columns, cookbooks, and television series. ``Anyone who has ever tried to cook well knows that about 50 percent of the job is focus, the willingness to concentrate,'' Franey notes. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"As a commentary on literary mortality, and on biography and trumpery, this is book is a treasure."
A surprisingly original study of the literary estates of many famed writers, and a look at the tangled relationship between estate management and biography. Read full book review >
ANGELS OF DEATH by Edwin P. Hoyt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"A revelatory appraisal of an Axis kingpin whose sociopolitical career has been accorded far less attention than that of the madman he served so loyally. (Photos)"
Disregard the deceptive title. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"A realistic yet positive approach to the great questions of death and life, the value of the human person, and faith."
A moving and highly personal account of Roman Catholic priest Morrissey's work with the terminally ill as a member of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York City. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"Stone's evenhanded, serious treatment of this material keeps it from being unbearable or cheaply sensational. (8 pages b&w photos—not seen)"
The painful story of a Wichita, Kansas, woman who learns through psychotherapy that the homicidal maniac stalking her resides in her subconscious self, a product of repressed, long- buried memories of sexual child abuse. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

An exhaustive, nicely done biography of the late Idaho senator Frank Church, whose four terms (1957-81) ran from the beginning of the Cold War to the post-Vietnam era. Read full book review >
I. ASIMOV by Isaac Asimov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"Mixed in with the bons mots and the gossip are true stories about Asimov's novels and short fiction that fans will cherish. Perhaps most gratifying of these is the confession of astonishment Asimov expressed upon reaching bestseller status, late in his life."
Asimov, knighted a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, was an eloquent raconteur; in fact, the book reads like a one-sided conversation, as he shares his opinions on surviving Star Trek conventions, other science fiction authors' egos, and, of course, his own career. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"In brief, then, an interpretive, warts-and-all portrait of a consequential conservative. (8 pages of photos—not seen.)"
Herzstein (History/Univ. of South Carolina) offers a liberal's critical appraisal of the life, times, and fortunes of Henry Robinson Luce at the height of his considerable powers during the convulsive period that preceded and encompassed WW II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >