Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

WHEN MEMORY SPEAKS by Jill Ker Conway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 1998

"Worse, she imposes her convictions about gender wars and imperialism on the evidence rather than deriving them from it, presupposing her points rather than proving them."
In this erudite essay, former Smith College president and Australian expatriate autobiographer Conway (The Road from Coorain, 1989; True North, 1995) makes a smart but less than convincing case for the construction of identity through the writing of life stories. Read full book review >
CRISTINA! by Cristina Saralegui
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 1998

"A half-witted tell-all in the talk-show mode. (Author tour)"
In this gutsy but simple-minded memoir, the 49-year-old host and executive producer of El Show de Cristina, copublisher of the magazine Cristina la Revista, and host of the daily radio program Cristina Opina offers her advice on marriage, child-rearing, racial and sexual discrimination, menopause, and the challenge of growing old. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 1998

"It's unlikely that women fighting to come to terms with weight problems will find much new or surprising here, but Burke's frank style, and her portrait of the often turbulent backstage life at Designing Women, will likely appeal to fans."
Burke's long battle with her weight (she struggled to maintain a svelte starlet's look for years and repeatedly gained sufficient weight to give rise to peculiarly cruel criticism and bad jokes) and its role in her gaining or losing roles on television has been played out in the tabloids and on TV chat shows for some time. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 1998

"A meticulously researched, absolutely marvelous rendering of an intriguing era and one of the women who helped make it so. (90 illustrations, not seen)"
Spiritualist, blackmailer, newspaper editor, presidential candidate, free love enthusiast: As this terrific tome proves, history is anything but boring when Victoria Woodhull is the topic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 1998

"A compelling story of family cruelty."
A well-told ``wicked stepmother'' story, with the vicious backdrop of racial inequality. Read full book review >

LONG LIFE by Nigel Nicolson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 1998

"More a compiler than a writer, the octogenarian Nicolson does manage, nonetheless, to sketch an insider's 20th-century Britain—a quiet treat for hopeless Anglophiles. (31 b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
As the son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West, Tory MP, cofounder of the British publishing house Weidenfeld & Nicolson, writer and editor, the author can't fail to pen an amusing though occasionally flat-footed memoir. Read full book review >
DEAR MR. JEFFERSON by Laura Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 1998

"Literate evocations of a place and a passion that, like the best of the genre, are as much about living a richly fulfilling life as cultivating a garden. (line drawings)"
Like her garden, Simon's imaginary correspondence with the nation's most illustrious gardener is a beguiling mix of history, whimsy, and practicality. Read full book review >
UNAFRAID OF THE DARK by Rosemary L. Bray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"As her affecting story reflects, her accomplishment is an achievement not so much of material progress but of the intellect— a contribution to cultural understanding. (Author tour)"
An African-American woman, a child of the '60s, recalls growing up poor on Chicago's South Side, attending Yale as an affirmative-action beneficiary, and taking her knocks en route to an understanding of the world and her role in it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"Although there is much to enjoy here, the overall impression is that of a book by a man who really didn't want to write one. (Author tour)"
A grab-bag of reminiscences, commentaries, bright jokes, and dark thoughts by a gifted comedy writer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

A soft-focus picture of how a determined young black woman made her way into the virtually all white, male world of transplant surgery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"Though the book is well crafted and full of incident, very little of it lingers long in memory. (Author tour)"
A slightly better blend of Scoop and Dispatches than many memoirs by foreign correspondents. Read full book review >
NATHAN BOONE AND THE AMERICAN FRONTIER by R. Douglas Hurt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"The result is a book of only modest interest to students of frontier and US military history. (20 illustrations, not seen)"
A by-the-numbers biography of a minor figure in the history of the American West. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >