Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"While it's tough to see the rationale behind yet another book about this particular psycho—Manson himself counts 58 books on the topic—George has some items of interest to those who want to know all the details of Manson's prison life."
The latest entry in the canon of a true madman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A graceful, richly detailed delight. (photos, not seen)"
A witty and engaging history of one of American modernism's great monuments. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Historians of science will enjoy this imaginary meeting of minds; others may find the fare too esoteric."
A fictional dialogue between five seminal modern thinkers, on the thorny subject of artificial intelligence. Read full book review >
GANDHI by Yogesh Chadha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"It is balanced, even-handed, and, like its subject, inspiring."
The first major biography in over 20 years of perhaps the most remarkable, and certainly one of the strangest men ever to exercise important political influence. Read full book review >
BUÑUEL by John Baxter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Not a tour de force but still a useful primer. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A merely proficient biography of the master director of such Surrealist classics as Un Chien Andalou and Belle de Jour. Read full book review >

PLAYING TO THE CAMERA by Bert Cardullo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"This book will lead readers— attention to stray."
The most underappreciated element of film as an art form (at least in academic film criticism) may well be acting; this collection, by four scholars (three at the University of Michigan, one at the University of Southern California), attempts to redress that imbalance by drawing on the words of those who practice the craft. Read full book review >
MY SECRET MOTHER by Richard de Mille
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Further, the author's emotional balance, seemingly natural to his age and disposition, lacks passion."
A cross between a family memoir written in the sunset of life and a faded Hollywood Babylon: a search for the mother of Cecil B. DeMille's youngest son. Read full book review >
YOU ARE NOT I by Millicent Dillon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"The autobiographical elements are overplayed, although such elements as the arrival of a second, rival biographer and Dillon's sense that she is trapped in a Bowles novel are so intriguing, one excuses their irrelevance. (15 b&w photos)"
This jumbled but ever readable account of the expatriate composer and author is not so much a biography as a meditation on the biographical process and its pitfalls. Read full book review >
HEADING SOUTH, LOOKING NORTH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Still, Dorfman's account is slow going through the first half but picks up greatly once the dangers he faced become clear, and he has sharp insights into Chile's political situation."
Novelist Dorfman's (Konfidenz, 1995, etc.) memoir shakes up the term Latino, as he plots the course of "a hybrid, part Yankee, part Chilean, a pinch Jew, a mestizo in search of a center," who becomes an outspoken Chilean exile campaigning for the self-determination of the Americas. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A breezy prose rendering of the interview style that has made King a one-man multimedia mogul. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Radio and TV satellite tour)"
CNN talk show host/newspaper columnist/author King takes on the future here, asking various movers and shakers their thoughts on what the next century holds. Read full book review >
JUST AS I THOUGHT by Grace Paley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A book to be dipped into repeatedly, if not read cover-to-cover, but a fine companion to Paley's memorable fictions."
The inimitable Paley has already given us her Collected Stories (1994); now we get a collection of nonfiction, drawn from the past 30 years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"For all the failed Little Leaguers and average high-school and college jocks this is 'the real story of sports in America.'"
A high-school basketball star and standout at Brown University in the 1960s, Reynolds came face-to-face with the realization that he wasn't as good an he'd hoped, that, despite all the hard work and dedication, his dream of playing in the pros was just that: a dream. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >