Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

COUSINS by Athol Fugard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Good enough to intrigue Fugard's admirers, but not good enough to draw in anyone else. (photos, not seen)"
Memories of two male relatives whom the noted South African playwright believes helped inspire him to write, mingled with bittersweet recollections of his youth, in a poignant but underdeveloped memoir. Read full book review >
ARCHIBALD COX by Ken Gormley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Otherwise, this well-written biography will be of most interest to students of law in the public interest. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The jurist who gave Richard Nixon fits receives his due in a satisfying biography. Read full book review >

WOUNDS OF PASSION by bell hooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Only a writer as good and determinedly idiosyncratic as hooks could have produced a book as misguided as this."
In her 15th book, hooks continues the memoir she began in Bone Black (1996). Read full book review >
GENERAL ALEXANDER LEBED by Alexander Lebed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

This memoir—by the general brought in to enable Yeltsin to win the last election—is thoughtful and clear-eyed on military matters, but on politics it sounds like the officers' mess after midnight. Read full book review >
BRIGHT PARADISE by Peter Raby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Importantly, Raby shows how the works of the explorers shaped a new Darwinian and colonialist worldview, one that remains mighty influential in the modern imagination. (8 pages illustrations and maps)"
A lucid and lively survey of Victorian explorers from Raby (English/Homerton College, Cambridge). ``For the English in the nineteenth century, abroad, and especially the Empire and the colonies, existed to bring things back from,'' notes Raby in a neat introductory capsulization. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"While testing the general reader's patience at times, this should prove an exhaustive resource for intellectual historians and a fitting foundation myth for future Africanists to look back to. (36 b&w photos, 8 maps, not seen) (Author tour)"
The genial but almost overwhelmingly painstaking autobiography of a founding figure in the field of African history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A vibrant natural (and human) history of a biomassive throughway where large patches still remain unknown. (2 maps, not seen)"
The unique evolutionary story of the species-rich Central American land bridge is eloquently chronicled by Wallace (The Quetzal and the Macaw, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA by Jacki Lyden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Lyden memorably illuminates both the alluring fantasy and the shocking reality of madness in a volume filled with poetry and awe. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Three powerful women form the backbone of this beautifully written narrative about the wish, both rational and not, to be elsewhere: crusty, earthy Mabel; her daughter Dolores, the self- styled Queen of Sheba in her manic visions; and the author, Dolores's daughter, a reporter for NPR. Read full book review >
VIGIL by Alan Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Has its moments, both sad and profound, but as a memoir of a sister's life and death, it's far outclassed by Richard Stern's 1995 A Sistermony."
Award-wining poet Shapiro, whose first memoir, The Last Happy Occasion (not reviewed) was highly acclaimed, wrenches all he can from this chronicle of his sister's death from breast cancer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"After a session with this lyrical book, the reader will understand, too."
A capable guided tour of a landscape unlike almost any other. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"A fine, frank memoir of WW II air combat in the European theater."
Abner writes of his long, hairy journey from an Oregon farm to the controls of a P51 Mustang in the Eighth Air Force during WW II. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"A fascinating glimpse of life inside Graham's charmed circle, and a moving record of one dancer's determined pursuit of a career. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
An satisfying dancer's tale of struggle and survival. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >