Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

GRACE BEATS KARMA by Neal Cassady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1993

"This isn't everyone's cup of tea, of course, spiked as it is with huge dollops of self-indulgence, but it's a welcome—if relatively minor- -literary and cultural offering that some will down like elixir."
Unlike the Beats and hippies he inspired and who enshrined him in turn (most notably as Dean Moriarity in On the Road), Cassady (1926-68) left behind few writings other than a big mess of a novel, The First Third (1971). Read full book review >
IN MY OWN SWEET TIME by Blanche Cooney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1993

"A striking record of unwavering commitment, told without gloss or sentimentality—and, like the best autobiographies, with all the shading and narrative drive of a good novel."
A beguilingly candid love story of the two radicals—the author and her husband, Jim—who founded the Phoenix, the quarterly that first published Henry Miller in the US. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1993

A lengthy, albeit consistently engrossing, take on the Reader's Digest and how it became one of the worlds's most influential periodicals. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1993

"A provocative and—given our concern about an imbalance of trade with Japan—unusually relevant examination."
As the Clinton Administration prepares for a potential trade war with Japan, historian McGlothlen—drawing on interviews with contemporaries of former secretary of state Dean Acheson (Dean Rusk and Paul Nitze among them) and quoting from original policy memoranda—outlines in detail the evolution of US policy toward Japan's trading partners. Read full book review >
JUDY GARLAND by David Shipman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 1993

"If you can take it, it's a great story. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs)"
Big, heart-heavy bio of Garland that—though never stylish- -holds throughout. Read full book review >

CLARK GABLE by Jane Ellen Wayne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1993

"Wayneland recycled."
The King of Tragedy is discovered behind the King of Hollywood—by the Queen of Trash Bios. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR THE KLONDIKE STONE by Elizabeth Arthur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1993

"Like the author's camp memories, better savored than wolfed down: a splendid evocation of wisdom acquired in a demi-Eden by a writer of great grace and sensitivity."
A loving celebration of those special refuges of childhood that are forever the measure of happiness for those fortunate enough to have known them. Read full book review >
RIBBENTROP by Michael Bloch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1993

"Bloch controls his material expertly, balancing personal and historic elements to produce a fascinating, cautionary tale. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen)"
Powerful study of a life in Hitler's service, by Bloch (The Secret File of the Duke of Windsor, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
CHAPPAQUIDDICK by James E.T. Lange
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1993

"The research here is remorseless, but the simplistic psychology of the early pages undermines confidence. (Eight pages of photographs, two maps)"
Intriguing if not wholly convincing reconsideration of the July 1969 car crash that killed Mary Jo Kopechne and effectively ended Senator Edward Kennedy's presidential aspirations. Read full book review >
KING ICAHN by Mark Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 1993

"But that is another story—and one that many readers will hope that Stevens finds time to tell."
As this savvy, tellingly detailed rundown on the top gun in the megabuck takeover battles of the 1980's makes clear, even Robert Ringer (Winning Through Intimidation, etc.) could have learned a thing or two from Carl Icahn. Read full book review >
NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST by Jack Hurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1993

"Since Richard Ellmann is dead and Walter Jackson Bate is retired, how about it, Stephen Sears?"
The Confederate cavalry commander, as conspicuous for his racism as for his military prowess, receives a biography that emphasizes his reprehensible exploits as slave trader and founding father of the Ku Klux Klan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 1993

"A simple, affecting tribute, genuinely sentimental without descending into mawkishness."
On the 25th anniversary of Robert Kennedy's death, syndicated columnist Rogers—an old friend of the Kennedys—offers a fond, adulatory remembrance of RFK as family man. 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 >