Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"An unusual insider's view of the tough, winner-takes-all world of professional warriors."
Memoirs of a SEAL extraordinaire, who served three tours in Vietnam beginning in 1967. Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES by Lev Razgon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1997

"A brilliant memoir, by turns harrowing, inspiring, sardonic, and devastating. (20 photos, not seen)"
An unforgettable memoir of a journalist who survived two incarcerations in the Gulag, filled with his memories of the victims, the executioners, and those who connived with Stalin's genocidal plans. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1997

"In brief, then, the editors (all affiliated with the David Institute, a California-based social-research group) offer a provocative compilation of fresh new voices that effectively puts paid to any notion that all blacks are in the ideological camps of either Louis Farrakhan or Jesse Jackson."
An eye-opening collection of thoughtful essays from a broad spectrum of young African-Americans whose economic and sociopolitical positions go against the grain of conventional liberal wisdom. Read full book review >
MRS. KEPPEL AND HER DAUGHTER by Diana Souhami
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 1997

"And she lets Violet go almost uncritically, viewing her as a victim, when events could be read to portray her as more manipulative and active than Souhami allows. (24 pages photos and illustrations, not seen)"
Alice Keppel, mistress to Edward VII, ``loved profitably'' and with discretion; not so, alas, her daughter, Violet Trefusis, whose liaison with Vita Sackville-West marginalized her for the duration and destroyed her for life. Read full book review >
PLACIDO DOMINGO by Cornelius Schnauber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 1997

"Definitely not for the casual fan, though serious opera lovers may be able to pluck some worthwhile insights from this plodding study. (illustrations, not seen)"
A peculiar mix of biography and analysis, focusing more on the noted tenor's vocal abilities as evinced in performance and recordings than on his life or personality. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1997

"Bravin's research on the crucial years is admirable, but his final product is incomplete and only intermittently interesting. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Buzz magazine; author tour)"
This biography of Lynette ``Squeaky'' Fromme—would-be assassin of President Ford—leaves large portions of her life unexplored, focusing in full only on her years in the Manson Family and her attempt to shoot the president. Read full book review >
SIMENON by Pierre Assouline
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1997

"Assouline's biography fails to be what Simenon's novels almost always were: concise, perceptive, and readable. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
The legendary and extraordinarily prolific Belgian novelist Georges Simenon is profiled in a detailed but surprisingly dry biography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1997

"A fine example of regional anthologizing."
Essays, stories, poems, and a few recipes by women from the High Plains. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1997

"When I listen to Bruce Springsteen, I remember how to be an American,'' finally ring true. (8 pages b&w photo, not seen)"
Cullen's study of Bruce Springsteen is a full-fledged cultural critique, examining how ``the Boss's'' music has been influenced by the society around him. Read full book review >
NOTORIOUS by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1997

"Spoto's ardor for his subject, although not unwarranted, crosses the line that separates chronicling the life from prostrating oneself before the dead. (32 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Prolific celebrity biographer Spoto (Rebel: The Life and Legend of James Dean, 1996, etc.) offers an uncritical portrait of the three-time Oscar winner, who epitomized both Hollywood stardom at its most luminous and, for a time, career-hobbling scandal. Read full book review >
POINT LAST SEEN by Hannah Nyala
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 1997

"The gripping chronicle of a tracker finding herself as she looks for others. (Book-of-the-Month/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
In this beautifully rendered narrative, a woman reveals the art of tracking both in the wilderness and in autobiography. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >