Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

THE HEART'S PROGRESS by Claudia Bepko
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Though overly elliptical in parts, an admirable memoir of emotional struggle. (Author tour)"
Though flawed, this is an emotionally honest and compelling memoir from the coauthor of Too Good for Her Own Good (1990). Read full book review >
ANYTHING YOUR LITTLE HEART DESIRES by Patricia Bosworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"An unflinchingly honest depiction of a family undone by the whirlwind revolving around an ebullient, compassionate man who was also a weak husband and father."
Amid the current flood of dysfunctional-family memoirs, this one by biographer Bosworth (Diane Arbus, 1984, etc.) stands out for its lack of self-pity and its magnetic central figure, her father, Bartley Crum—a habituÇ in the realms of celebrity and power who was finally destroyed by personal weakness and devotion to principle. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Generally, though, this is an entertaining, often gossipy, but not particularly original or startling work."
Lively, expansive interviews with 17 influential figures, having in common both success and a fierce commitment to a cause or career. Read full book review >
RESIDENT ALIEN by Quentin Crisp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Admirers of the trademark Crisp style will be delighted, but it's difficult to fathom how he endures the relentless superficiality of much of his existence. (Author tour)"
Placidly whimsical observations by the ever-charming Crisp (Manners from Heaven, 1985, etc.) on his occasion-filled life as ``a free-loader, a dilettante, a butterfly on the wheel.'' Crisp writes reviews and essays, attends openings and parties, and entertains anyone who wishes to hear his opinions, from curious strangers to lecture-hall audiences. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"File this TV-movie-of-the-week saga under Inspiration. (First printing of 30,000; $50,000 ad/promo)"
A devout couple share their conviction that the husband's recovery from a deadly infection—one that recently gained considerable media notoriety—was a miraculous event brought about through the power of prayer. Read full book review >

ROSA PONSELLE by James A. Drake
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Drake's splendid book gives us the full measure of her—both as diva and vaudeville star turned society hostess and self-exiled recluse. (63 b&w photos, not seen)"
A marvelous celebration of the life and career of the brilliant American soprano, incorporating interviews with the singer (who died in 1981) as well as the recollections of people who worked with her and for her, of family members, and of artistic colleagues. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"While Farmanfarmaian's apparently lifelong ability to perceive events more clearly than others sometimes strains the reader's credulity, this is nevertheless a fascinating look inside a world not well known or understood by Americans. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
In an autobiography coauthored by his daughter, Farmanfarmaian provides intriguing glimpses of upper-class Persian society that more than make up for the occasional ego-stroking. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"This is the Pollexfen account of Yeats's life: dense with facts, skeptically commonsensical, but a bit obtuse in spirit. (32 pages photos, not seen)"
Instead of offering another biographic gloss of Yeats's poetry, historian Foster (Irish History/Oxford; Paddy and Mr. Punch, 1994, etc.) concentrates on the young poet's many personae: journalist, revolutionary, playwright, political figure, and occult experimenter. Read full book review >
A MONARCHY TRANSFORMED by Mark Kishlansky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Although successful as a forceful narrative of politics at the center, this volume is a disappointing general introduction to 17th-century British history."
A beautifully written but narrowly focused narrative of high politics in 17th-century Britain. Read full book review >
RED CLOUD by Robert W. Larson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"A good start, although the man behind the legend still remains cloaked in mystery. (21 illustrations and 1 map, not seen)"
A readable biography of Lakota chief Red Cloud that attempts to untangle the many conflicting accounts of this key figure in 19th-century America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"American Jewish history."
The pioneering 1929 and 1937 sociological studies of ``Middletown''—the small city of Muncie, Indiana—said almost nothing about the community's 200 Jews. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"A cheerful, flippant view of family life, with a compassionate undercurrent that gives these observations weight."
A selection of lighthearted, sometimes very funny newspaper and magazine columns about the perils of raising children and holding a job at the same time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >