Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"Although his psychological profiles are too superficial to be totally convincing, Gilbert raises important questions and gives useful advice. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
The unique demands of the US presidency have made the position hazardous to health, according to this intriguing study by Gilbert (Political Science/Northeastern Univ.). Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF LEADBELLY by Charles Wolfe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"By deflating the myth, Wolfe and Lornell allow Leadbelly to fill the page with his real and powerful presence. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Definitive life of America's greatest black folk singer, by Wolfe (Mahalia Jackson, 1990) and Lornell (a consultant for the Smithsonian's Leadbelly archives). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"An outlander's illuminating, cautionary briefing on an odyssey in what once was envisioned a workers' paradise. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A Western executive's fascinating account of the toil and trouble attendant to opening a Moscow office for a transnational ad agency. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Straight-from-the-heartland reminiscences of a high-flier whose eventful life seems to have been remarkably free of complexity and doubt."
An authentic American hero's ``I-did-it-my-way'' memoir that, though less than reflective and more than self-satisfied, may hold considerable interest for a wide readership. Read full book review >
MY LOST MEXICO by James A. Michener
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Here, in explaining how he conceived characters and action, and how the novel shaped and reshaped itself, Michener offers solid nuts-and-bolts insight into the writing process—making this of moderate interest to aspiring authors, as well as to Michener fans who just can't get enough."
Michener's lost Mexico is, of course, Mexico (p. 1148)—his new, congenial epic about our southern neighbor. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A lively portrait of a unique personality, and an illuminating view of medicine and medical education at a time when grave robbers supplied corpses for dissection and medical students smoked cigars in dissecting rooms. (B&w illustrations.)"
Intriguing biography of a mid-19-century English physician whose Quaker conscience, idealism, and social activism provide a sharp contrast to the image of late-20th-century physicians as narrowly focused, high-tech specialists. Read full book review >
THE JUDAS FACTOR by Karl Evanzz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Vastly convincing, ending in a bloodbath of assassinations. (First printing of 40,000)"
Timely look at the death of Malcolm X—in a book set for publication three days after Spike Lee's film Malcolm X opens. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Aside from an apparent moral blindness about everything but good manners—a very droll read."
Further adventures in smugness by the aloof major-domo, or household manager, who told about the riotous horrors of his life with Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue in That Girl and Phil (coauthored with Cherkinian, 1990). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"The last word on last words, for now. (Two halftones.)"
The history and significance of deathbed words, by Guthke (German Art and Culture/Harvard; B. Traven, 1991). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Carter, who looks better with each passing year, tacks on an appendix describing the Atlanta Project, his ambitious program to help the urban poor."
The Man from Plains continues his admirable post-White House literary career (An Outdoor Journal, 1988, etc.) with a blow-by-blow account of his first run for office, in 1962. Read full book review >
SHERMAN by John F. Marszalek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Despite his sometimes heavy-handed psychobiographical theme, Marszalek succeeds in making this gruff, complex warrior come alive."
An exhaustive but engaging biography that plumbs the personality of William Tecumseh Sherman—and attempts to explain the Civil War general's personal and military decisions as arising from a psychological need for order and control. Read full book review >
IZZY by Robert C. Cottrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Well researched, but flavorless and flabby; the work seems longer than it is because Cottrell tells you everything three times. (Twelve b&w illustrations.)"
A warmly sympathetic but one-dimensional biography of the American Left's most fearlessly independent journalist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >