Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Humphrey Burton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Simply the best of the Bernstein biographies so far. (First printing of 60,000; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection; ad/promo)"
A sensitive, well-balanced account of the great American maestro's life and works. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"With Hopkins almost as hot as his demons, there will be attention paid."
Writing his biography without the cooperation of Hopkins (now Sir Anthony), Callan (Julie Christie, 1985, etc.) leans heavily on the existing journalistic corpus for his chronicle of the bedeviled, Welsh actor, nominated this year for his second Academy Award. Read full book review >

PAUL REVERE'S RIDE by David Hackett Fischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Fischer has avoided the traps he warned against nearly 25 years ago in his volume Historians' Fallacies (1970)."
Those who dare to try something new often fail. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A fascinating glimpse inside the sometimes arcane and always political workings of the US Supreme Court and one of its influential members."
An exhaustive and informative biography of a previously neglected Supreme Court justice, written by one his former clerks. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS by Paul E. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A chilling study in social psychology, this volume explores the dark energies behind leaders such as Jim Jones and David Koresh and the needs they exploit."
Combining rare narrative skills and historical detail, Johnson (History/Univ. of Utah) and Wilentz (History/Princeton) recreate the fascinating tale of a false prophet and his misguided followers in New York in the 1820s and '30s. Read full book review >

MOSAIC by Lincoln Kirstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"One hopes that Kirstein's elliptical ending is the promise of another volume to complete his colorful mosaic."
This memoir by the octogenarian Kirstein (Portrait of Mr. B, 1984) displays a Proustian sensibility in its wholesale allegiance to art and the senses and in its nostalgic tableau vivant of times and places past. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"She does this entertainingly and with a minimum of dry analysis."
Levathes, a former staff writer for National Geographic, tells the tale of Chinese emperor Zhu Di and his favorite eunuch admiral, Zheng He, who tried during a 30-year period to break China's isolation with seven major naval expeditions to India, Indonesia, and Africa. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Perhaps it is erroneously assumed that contemporary readers know their country as well as La Salle did."
Anka Muhlstein, known for her biographies of Queen Victoria and James Rothschild (not reviewed), here traces the life of Robert Cavalier de La Salle, early French explorer of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, and Texas and founder of Louisiana. Read full book review >
PIRANDELLO'S LOVE LETTERS TO MARTA ABBA by Benito Ortolani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"He displays the whole range of symptoms, the misery, euphoria, obsession, self- involvement, instability, that Freud suggested the creative personality suffered as the price of his art, the torment and energy behind the ostensibly antic Six Characters in Search of an Author."
In 1925, Pirandello—at age 58 entering the final decade of his life, his wife confined to a mental asylum, his beloved daughter in Brazil—fell in love with a 25-year-old actress, Marta Abba. Read full book review >
LINCOLN IN AMERICAN MEMORY by Merrill D. Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"On the other hand, thinking readers will find it refreshing to reach their own judgments of the Lincoln treatments chronicled in a mostly fine piece of historiography."
Peterson (History/Univ. of Virginia; The Jefferson Image in the American Mind, not reviewed) uses the life and legend of Abraham Lincoln to show the general reader how ``history'' is made. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Much better at deconstruction than solutions, but an accessible catalogue for those questioning the new status quo."
A progressive journalist offers a tonic, conversational critique of the Clinton era. Read full book review >
HAYEK ON HAYEK by F.A. Hayek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A brief but absorbing and unique insight into the great economic debates of the 20th century and those who shaped them."
An ``autobiographical dialogue,'' derived partly from a fragment of autobiography left by Nobel Prize-winning economist Hayek and partly from interviews given by him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >