Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

MILITANT MEDIATOR by Dennis C. Dickerson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Militant Mediator is likely to rekindle interest in this influential civil-rights advocate. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
A thoughtful study of an often overlooked figure in the American civil-rights movement, by a professor of history at Williams College and historiographer of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"An intriguing map of the painting's wanderings, but what this journalistic account fails to convey is insight into the works significance and of the emotional investment of those who tried to save or possess this refugee artwork. (illustrations, not seen)"
Saltzman, a onetime reporter for Forbes and the Wall Street Journal (and a former Kirkus contributor), chronicles the peripatetic fate of one of van Gogh's last paintings, from his brother Theo's unsellable stock to a record-breaking auction at Christie's in 1990. Read full book review >

OUTSIDE PASSAGE by Julia Scully
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"This chronology of a hard and unusual childhood offers a good snapshot of the struggles of a Depression-era family in one of the more remote outposts in America, but it lacks the dramatic impact that these circumstances conferred upon the three women."
An anecdotal and generally unreflective coming-of-age account set mainly in the Alaskan frontier. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A compelling narrative that reads like excellent fiction, but also a reminder of the suffering and moral dilemmas that Americans faced during the American Revolution."
Shunning caricatures of American revolutionary patriots as heroes and British loyalists as traitors or cowards, novelist McFarland (Seasons of Fear, 1983, etc.) shows in this absorbing narrative of three lives that the prerevolutionary crisis in Boston in 1774—75 had all the complexity and tragedy of a true civil war, and neither side had any monopoly on courage, virtue, or villainy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"While it's tough to see the rationale behind yet another book about this particular psycho—Manson himself counts 58 books on the topic—George has some items of interest to those who want to know all the details of Manson's prison life."
The latest entry in the canon of a true madman. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A graceful, richly detailed delight. (photos, not seen)"
A witty and engaging history of one of American modernism's great monuments. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Historians of science will enjoy this imaginary meeting of minds; others may find the fare too esoteric."
A fictional dialogue between five seminal modern thinkers, on the thorny subject of artificial intelligence. Read full book review >
GANDHI by Yogesh Chadha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"It is balanced, even-handed, and, like its subject, inspiring."
The first major biography in over 20 years of perhaps the most remarkable, and certainly one of the strangest men ever to exercise important political influence. Read full book review >
BUÑUEL by John Baxter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Not a tour de force but still a useful primer. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A merely proficient biography of the master director of such Surrealist classics as Un Chien Andalou and Belle de Jour. Read full book review >
PLAYING TO THE CAMERA by Bert Cardullo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"This book will lead readers— attention to stray."
The most underappreciated element of film as an art form (at least in academic film criticism) may well be acting; this collection, by four scholars (three at the University of Michigan, one at the University of Southern California), attempts to redress that imbalance by drawing on the words of those who practice the craft. Read full book review >
MY SECRET MOTHER by Richard de Mille
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Further, the author's emotional balance, seemingly natural to his age and disposition, lacks passion."
A cross between a family memoir written in the sunset of life and a faded Hollywood Babylon: a search for the mother of Cecil B. DeMille's youngest son. Read full book review >
YOU ARE NOT I by Millicent Dillon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"The autobiographical elements are overplayed, although such elements as the arrival of a second, rival biographer and Dillon's sense that she is trapped in a Bowles novel are so intriguing, one excuses their irrelevance. (15 b&w photos)"
This jumbled but ever readable account of the expatriate composer and author is not so much a biography as a meditation on the biographical process and its pitfalls. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >