Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

DAVE BARRY IS NOT MAKING THIS UP by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist and funny guy Barry (Dave Barry Does Japan, 1992, etc.) has once again collected a bunch of goofy anecdotes. Read full book review >
UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES by Sally Belfrage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"A spirited but myopic account of an adolescence that was both anomalous and all too American."
A roller coaster memory ride through the McCarthy era. Read full book review >

THE ROOSEVELTS by Peter Collier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Others—well-read in Roosevelt literature and not titillated by the bickering—will find it irritating."
A dubious new examination of the Roosevelt clan by the team that has previously delved into the lives of several American dynasties. Read full book review >
QUEEN ELIZABETH II by Nicholas Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Despite a serious final chapter offering prescriptions for reforming the monarchy, the hallmarks of this lightweight biography are wealth, power, sex, scandal, happiness that never lasts, and unnamed sources."
A massive, entertaining, and thoroughly unsophisticated look at the life of a woman the author believes is likely to be one of Britain's last monarchs. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS by Gerald Early
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Interesting but rarely illuminating."
Early's mushy, self-conscious essays recounting discussions with his daughters, poems to them, and diary excerpts have the appeal of a stranger's family album. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"It doesn't analyze anything, but for all that, it's a pretty gripping account of dirty war."
A gung-ho account of 27 years in Special Forces. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Anyone who would understand this remarkable journey must read Lurie's book."
There's no semblance or pretense of balance in this unauthorized biography of New York's scandal-plagued three-term senator, Alfonse D'Amato—a lack that is both the book's failing and the source of its fascination. Read full book review >
K.D. LANG by Victoria Starr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Fans will have to turn back to lang's music to restoke their ardor, but they'll have learned a lot here."
Though Starr fails to develop great intimacy with her reticent subject, her biography, the first of the gifted pop star, will delight lang's legions of fans. k.d. lang is the androgynous lesbian animal-rights activist with the incredible voice who has captured mainstream success against all odds. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Classy, well-documented gossip, though hardly the balanced portrait of three people that the subtitle suggests. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An engrossing chronicle of Garbo's sexual friendships with Mercedes de Acosta and Cecil Beaton, based on letters, journals, and personal interviews. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

This readable biography sketches the trajectory of a man whose life might have served as the plot for one of his television dramas. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"If Barbera had been able to step up to the podium, maybe his memoir would read less like a long acceptance speech. (Author tour)"
Barbera's animated characters—Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, and the Jetsons—may have kept American kids entertained for the past 30 years, but don't expect a side- splitting memoir here. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

This synthesis of history and biography offers a cautionary corrective to less than candid Black Panther accounts like Elaine Brown's A Taste of Power and David Hilliard's This Side of Glory. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >