Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 1998

"Such attention to small, everyday details makes this intimate familial memoir more affecting than third-person history. (Author tour)"
McCray's loving tribute to her mother chronicles one woman's battle for racial equality from Reconstruction to the Depression. Read full book review >
RICHARD S. EWELL by Donald C. Pfanz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 1998

"A shrewd, highly readable, and exhaustively researched account that restores Ewell's reputation as a skilled commander and one who stubbornly gave his all for the Lost Cause. (photos, not seen)"
The adventurous life of one of Lee's dashing lieutenants, a man who distinguished himself in the Mexican War as a cavalry officer and in the Civil War as Stonewall Jackson's "right arm." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 1998

"A first-rate, profoundly realistic addition to the enormous Civil War library, powerfully bringing home the experience of combat and defeat."
A vivid history of the final year of the Civil War as experienced by Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, drawing heavily on documentary sources. Read full book review >
WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST by Ben Procter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1998

"Procter's biography, like the Hearst newspapers of the period he chronicles, is great reading, but too much on the surface, shedding too little light on the realities underneath. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
An intensely detailed but still superficial chronicle of the media baron's life through early middle age. Read full book review >
FLAWED GIANT by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1998

"But this remains a fair, impressively researched reassessment of this most complicated of presidents. (Feature in the Atlantic Monthly; $50,000 ad/promo; Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selection; author tour)"
Presidential historian Dallek (History/Boston Univ.; Hail to the Chief, 1996) has all the dogged persistence of the scholar, but little of a master biographer's panache. Read full book review >

MARTIN HEIDEGGER by Rüdiger Safranski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1998

"Safranski's own take—both critical and appreciative—on Heidegger mirrors the complexity of his subject, and provides a welcome entrÇe to a difficult thought world."
The author sheds light on the varieties of darkness that shade the life and thought of, arguably, Germany's most influential 20th-century philosopher. Read full book review >
LAND OF DREAMS by Mordecai Schreiber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1998

"A memoir of early Israel of uneven literary and historical worth. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An intermittently engaging memoir recollecting the difficult birth of the State of Israel, by a novelist and translator. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1998

"Like an obscure club recording from a major jazz musician, this is a minor work from a profound thinker that perhaps only true devotees of Rorty will find of value."
In this slim volume (from a series of lectures), eminent liberal political theorist Rorty passes judgment on the state of the US left. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 1998

"A powerful if somewhat incomplete sampling of voices, important especially for giving expression to those Palestinians whose stories are rarely heard. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
While limited in scope, this anthology of childhood memories of adults shaped by the Arab-Israeli wars is often quite moving. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1998

"The book closes with Galland's own nudges toward activism in her community of San Francisco, no longer as just an observer, but a thoughtful participant."
One pilgrim's stirring account of anger, activism, and healing in women's lives. Read full book review >
NO TIME TO DIE by Liz Tilberis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1998

"A lively, unflinching, and informative account of a woman's bout with ovarian cancer that could kick off the kind of campaign that made breast cancer a priority in women's health studies. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Ovarian cancer and the world of fashion are strange bedfellows in this autobiography by the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 1998

"A remarkable book, the autopsy of a system that killed more people than any in history, with the possible exception of its Chinese counterpart."
A remarkable and unique insight into the character and history of the seven leaders whose careers spanned the birth and death of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >