Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 1994

"By ferreting out new sources and new material and putting the familiar tales into a broader social context, Leamer gives a clearer if not always brighter picture of what it means to be a Kennedy woman."
Another Kennedy family saga, this one focusing on the women, from Irish forebears to feminist Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A deeply disturbing picture of the degradation of ghetto life and a painfully honest account of one man's attempt to do something about it. (Author tour)"
A powerful report of the experiences of a physician living and practicing medicine in the inner city. Read full book review >

CAPONE by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

``I have never before written about someone who differed so sharply from his reputation as Al Capone,'' concludes Bergreen (As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, 1990, etc.) in this shallow life of Public Enemy No. 1. Read full book review >
DROWNING by Gerhard Durlacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

A subtly compelling, fast-paced memoir of the Nazis' coming to power, told from the point of view of a perceptive child. Read full book review >
THE DEATHS OF SYBIL BOLTON by Jr. McAuliffe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"His attribution of his alcoholism to his Indianness, for instance, comes perilously close to racism. (Author tour)"
McAuliffe, an editor for the Washington Post, offers an informative, often poignant story of a suppressed chapter of American history—a kind of Native American Roots. Read full book review >

AUDREY HEPBURN by Warren G. Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"16 pages of b&w photos, not seen)."
A spiritless biography of one of the most inspiring of all motion picture stars. Read full book review >
THOMAS MELLON AND HIS TIMES by Thomas Mellon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A charming memoir with some surprisingly meditative reflections, by an entrepreneurial leader of the time, on the bewildering changes wrought by 19th-century industrialism. (Photos and maps)"
A vastly engrossing 19th-century rags-to-riches autobiography by the somewhat priggish, but shrewd and observant, founder of the Mellon family fortune. Read full book review >
A THROW OF THE DICE by Gordon Millan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A clear but by no means simplified portrait of a fundamental modern author. (b&w photos)"
Modern poetry's most dauntingly impersonal, critically depersonalized figure gets a ``life''—his first in 50 years— that's respectful yet honest, original in findings and interpretations. Read full book review >
BUNNY BUNNY by Alan Zweibel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"And he will donate all proceeds to Gilda's Club, a cancer support center in New York City. (Pen-and-ink illustrations) (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
In a series of funny, tender, and touching dialogues, former Saturday Night Live writer Zweibel recalls his buddy-and-almost- lover friendship with SNL actress Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A lovingly wrought—but overly lengthy—bit of arcane religious history. (b&w illustrations)"
A scrupulous dissection of the daily lives of a group of cloistered 17th-century Franciscan nuns as seen through the eyes of one blighted sister in their midst. Read full book review >
FRITZ REINER by Philip Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"This substantial study makes the reader hungry for the same treatment of Reiner's contemporaries: How about Eugene Ormandy, Charles Munch, Paul Paray, or Thomas Schippers, Mr. Hart? (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A worthy addition to the small shelf of famous-maestro biographies relying on thoughtful scholarship rather than hype. Read full book review >
JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS by Lester David
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 1994

"To be read under the hair dryer, but not really thrilling enough to take home. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to New Woman)"
A rehash of the life of Jackie as she turns 65: a collection of old news, non-news, and tabloid analysis. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >