Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 1993

"Another forgotten woman deservedly brought to our attention- -but in a work that's more a catalogue of her considerable accomplishments than a full portrait."
A workmanlike biography from Miller (History/University of the Pacific) of leading socialist and antiwar activist Kate Richards O'Hare (1876-1948), who was imprisoned for her opposition to WW I. Shaped by her childhood in rural Kansas, O'Hare went on to become one of the leaders of America's Socialist Party. Read full book review >
A MOTHER'S ORDEAL by Steven W. Mosher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 29, 1993

"A searing and candid look at a place where the state brutally intrudes into the most intimate parts of a woman's life. (First serial rights to Ladies' Home Journal)"
The compelling story of a young Chinese mother, giving a human face to the recent, chilling news accounts of how China has dramatically—and forcibly—decreased its birth rate. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 1993

"Exciting when detailing the harrowing dam collapse, but this episode isn't enough to energize an otherwise lackluster presentation. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen)"
Sluggish account of the financial and political maneuverings that marked efforts to bring water to the arid Los Angeles Basin at the turn of the century. Read full book review >
FATAL CHARM by Alexander Walker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 1993

"Tyrannosaurus Rex, tricked out in imperial purple. (B&w illustrations—not seen)"
Top-drawer, custom-tailored life of actor Rex Harrison, whose charm dynamited many a lady's heart while his towering tongue whipped her. Read full book review >
RABIN OF ISRAEL by Robert Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 1993

"Slater's admirable and admiring portrait of Rabin contends that only this ruffled but proud bird, this hawkish dove, can deliver the olive branch to the contentious Middle East. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
A new and significantly expanded edition of Time correspondent Slater's 1977 biography (not reviewed) of Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's past and present prime minister. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1993

"In this book of his own making, aided by Sears's introduction and deft chapter transitions, he at last receives his true memorial."
An important addition to the growing number of diaries, memoirs, and other primary source materials on the Civil War made accessible to the nonspecialist reader. Read full book review >
THE MUSE IS ALWAYS HALF-DRESSED IN NEW ORLEANS by Andrei Codrescu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1993

Essayist and editor, poet and professor, columnist, novelist, radio commentator, scriptwriter, translator, and all-round man-of-letters Codrescu (Road Scholar) presents his latest collection of essays. Read full book review >
GANDHI by Martin Green
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 1993

"First-rate life that reduces Gandhi to human scale without diminishing his greatness."
In a penetrating retelling of the life of the gentle Indian revolutionary, Green (Prophets of a New Age, 1992, etc.) attributes Gandhi's peculiar brand of saintly political activism to his contact, as a law student in London, with what Green calls the ``New Age'' movement—which, the author says, included Tolstoy, Ruskin, G.B. Shaw, and others. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 1993

"Photos, plus discography and transcriptions of songs and vaudeville skits)."
Lydia Mendoza—with 12-string guitar and soulful renditions of tangos, boleros, corridos, and other popular songs—catapulted to fame (if not fortune) as ``La Cancionera de los Pobres'' (``The Songstress of the Poor'') in the 30's Southwest, becoming the most renowned member of her performing family. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 1993

"A history that never loses its sense of drama even as it separates myth from truth. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An absorbing account of a quarter century of conflict: the Apache resistance to the ``White Eye'' settlers encroaching on their Arizona lands. Read full book review >
COMING UP DOWN SOUTH by Cecil Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1993

"A sometimes familiar odyssey—down south, there are railroads, racism, and revivals, while during a New York summer, Morris learns more about jazz, junkies, and white women—but particularized and engaging in the telling."
Brown's fiction (The Life and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger, 1970; Days Without Weather, 1982) has starred uprooted black men in Copenhagen and southern California. Read full book review >
HOWARD HUGHES by Charles Higham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1993

"Undeniably a hypnotic portrait of a great American monster."
An outing of the billionaire closet bisexual by Higham, whose bios include lives of Cary Grant, Brando, Orson Welles, the Duchess of Windsor, and L.B. Mayer, among others. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >