Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

EAT THE RICH by P.J. O’Rourke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 1998

"It's all selective blarney, of course, and a funny, pungent paean to the glory of free enterprise as well. (First printing, 150,00; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
America's leading right-wing humorist (not a very crowded field, admittedly) turns to that dismal science, economics. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 1998

"First-rate writing: well-crafted, incisive, abundantly playful. (b&w photos, not seen) (Book- of-the-Month Club selection)"
Remarkably readable, this chronicle of lexicography roams from the great dictionary itself to hidden nooks in the human psyche that sometimes house the motives for murder, the sources for sanity, and the blueprint for creativity. Read full book review >

NOLA by Robin Hemley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Ultimately, though, even these artistic comparisons become hackneyed in their self-conscious pretensions to discovering Truth. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This profile of the author's sister succumbs to self-absorption, revealing the painful difficulties of trying to capture the life of a family member. Read full book review >
SCARLET RIBBONS by Rosemary Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The ambiguities in Simon's life that the author preserves in her memorial of him will deepen and extend the impression he leaves. (16 b&w photos)"
Successfully integrating her voices of loving sister and dispassionate reporter, the author, a journalist, tells the life story of her brother, Simon Bailey, a gay priest in the Church of England who died in 1995 of AIDS. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"This is the definitive study of Mount Vernon, long overdue for the place that's been a seeding ground for ideals of American independence. (86 b&w photos and illustrations, not seen)"
Washington as seen from the vantage point of his beloved creation, Mount Vernon. Read full book review >

VISIONS OF JAZZ by Gary Giddins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Deserves a place on the jazz bookshelf alongside the best of Martin Williams and Francis Davis, and you can't get much better than that. (11 illustrations)"
Giddins, a longtime Village Voice contributor and one of our most skillful jazz critics (Faces in the Crowd, 1992, etc.), offers a monumental work of ambition, an attempt to encapsulate a hundred years of jazz history in 79 essays on the music's great creators. Read full book review >
A HOME IN THE HEART OF A CITY by Kathleen Hirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A worthwhile story of urban renewal that needs to exhibit, in its telling, some awareness that it isn—t unique and more of the unassuming naturalness it admires."
Hirsch (Mothers, not reviwed; Songs from the Alley, 1989) reflects with unrestrained satisfaction on her experiences of urban community renewal in Jamaica Plain (J.P.), Boston. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF ELIZABETH I by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A riveting portrait of the queen and how the private woman won her public role."
Acclaimed Tudor biographer Weir paints a vast canvas but maintains a sharp focus on Elizabeth's charismatic character and her reactions to people and events around her. Read full book review >
COLD OCEANS by Jon Turk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Genuine adventure and poignant self-exploration, too. (Author tour)"
A chemist-turned-adventurer retraces the footsteps of polar explorers in some of the harshest conditions the earth has to offer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Although it runs down a little in the last 50 pages or so, this is a compulsively readable and painful book, a work of compassion and intelligence."
The acclaimed author of My Own Country (1996) turns his gaze inward to a pair of crises that hit even closer to home than the AIDS epidemic of which he wrote previously. Read full book review >
LAWYER by Arthur L. Liman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Only rarely succumbing to legalese, Liman's book is an important reminder of the foundations of constitutional law and offers a fine example of one attorney's integrity. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A perceptive, witty memoir of the lawyering life, by one of the most prestigious members of the New York bar. Read full book review >
HEISENBERG AND THE NAZI ATOMIC BOMB PROJECT by Paul Lawrence Rose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"While heavily footnoted for the benefit of an academic readership, this meticulously detailed and definitive book should also appeal to any reader intrigued by the moral dimension of scientific work."
One of the most frightening "what-ifs" of history is the Nazi effort to build a nuclear bomb. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >