Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1994

"Zinn's radical activism will not appeal to every reader, but he does argue persuasively — and relevantly, even for those who do not embrace his critique of America and its institutions — that 'small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.'"
The eminent radical historian (Boston Univ.; Declarations of Independence, 1990, etc.) recalls his struggles against American racism and war, and he expresses his hope for the future, in this memoir and manifesto. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"But it does reveal a complete and satisfying picture of a complex age of transition for Western Europe."
Duchàne, Monnet's aide and a correspondent for The Economist, here sets out to chart the remarkable, if somewhat obscure, life of the architect of the European Community and also—a lesser-known fact—of America's wartime munitions effort. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"A moving drama of patchwork intimacy in the White House, played out against the sweeping tableau of the nation rallying behind a great crusade."
A superb dual portrait of the 32nd President and his First Lady, whose extraordinary partnership steered the nation through the perilous WW II years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"With her children leading relatively useful lives and with a personal history of philanthropic activism, Ethel deserves better. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($150,000 ad/promo)"
Yet another Kennedy bio from the school of journalism that mistakes an avalanche of minutiae for the thoughtful examination of a life. Read full book review >
FIFTY DAYS OF SOLITUDE by Doris Grumbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"If Grumbach went to the bottom of her soul during her lonely winter, she does not take the reader with her. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Graceful but essentially unsatisfying reflections on seven weeks spent alone in a house near the Maine coast. Read full book review >

RUN RUN RUN by Jack Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Nevertheless, this is the forceful story of an American original."
A touching portrait of a complex and tortured soul, written by his brother. Read full book review >
RESURRECTION by John C. Danforth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Strictly for the converted. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
A personal, insider's view of the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, from the justice's chief Senate sponsor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Eddy fans, a pan full of nuggets for aficionados of Hollywood and MGM, but an encyclopedic struggle for the less dedicated. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This lengthy biography of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy reveals lives as melodramatic and star-crossed as one of their movies—without the happy ending. Read full book review >
THIS YEAR IN JERUSALEM by Mordecai Richler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"A provocative and highly readable exploration of Israel in the mind of a Jew who has chosen not to live there, of interest primarily to other Jews aware that they have made the same decision."
In parts memoir, travelogue, political treatise, and extended essay on the tangled question of what it means to be a Jew living outside of Israel. Read full book review >
RAISING LAZARUS by Robert Pensack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"Packs a powerful punch."
The haunting story of a man's struggle to survive with a terribly damaged heart. Read full book review >
PROZAC NATION by Elizabeth Wurtzel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"This most certainly is not an examination of a generation's collective psyche. (First serial to Vogue, Esquire, and Mouth2Mouth)"
A memoir of a depressed, heavily medicated young woman who identifies with Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and other tragic figures—and fantasizes about being profiled as a tragic suicide in New York magazine. Read full book review >
AMAN by Aman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Nonetheless, a unique and rich account of life in a fascinating and troubled land."
A lyrical first-hand account of a complex and charismatic modern-day African heroine. ``Aman'' (a pseudonym meaning ``trustworthy'' in Arabic) is a gifted narrator who recounted her tumultuous life first to anthropologist Barnes, who died in 1990 before the project was completed, and then to Barnes's designated successor, Boddy (Cultural Anthropology/Univ. of Toronto). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >