Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"For diehards only."
In a rather extreme act of completist devotion, two Beatlemaniacs describe in bleak detail the woeful January 1969 recording sessions that were more selectively documented in the film Let It Be. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Without this to complete the picture, the accounts of his repeated failings lack either context or interest. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
A diffuse and hype-riddled profile of world soccer's ``bad boy.'' Burns, a correspondent for Britain's Financial Times, pieces together the career of Diego Maradona, which saw remarkable heights and depths—often in quick succession. Read full book review >

JOURNALS OF AYN RAND by David Harriman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"This volume reveals not only how strong conclusions can flow from trumping fact with fiction, but also why Rand seemed to be living on another planet."
Both those inspired and those irritated by Rand's radical individualism will find support for their response in her journals. Read full book review >
TRACKING THE SERPENT by Janine Pommy Vega
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"While Vega's is a likable voice, her narrative never rises above the self-indulgent, unfocused standard that seems to have become the norm for the recent outpouring of travel adventures."
In this loosely unified collection, poet Vega visits not four but three continents and produces a rambling but brave-hearted account of her exploits. Read full book review >
THE ROMANTICS by E.P. Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

The many longtime admirers of Thompson (Making History, 1994, etc.)—and any serious lovers of the past at its most vividly and subtly resuscitated—should slowly savor this last posthumous publication of his work. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 1997

"Some valuable historical modifications may be lost due to a tone and strategy that make the author sound too much like an apologist for the Allies' inaction."
In this revisionist history Rubinstein (History/Univ. of Wales, Aberystwyth) sets out to debunk as ``illogical and ahistorical'' the work of several established historians who raise the question of Allied culpability during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
PIECES OF TIME by Gary Fishgall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 1997

"It may have been a wonderful life, but this isn't a wonderful biography. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A paint-by-numbers biography of the star of such classic films as It's a Wonderful Life, Harvey, Rear Window, and Vertigo. Read full book review >
FLIGHT OF THE GIN FIZZ by Henry Kisor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

"A relaxing armchair entertainment, and an empowering tale for readers who face any kind of physical deficit. (16 pages b&w photos) (Author tour)"
A deaf editor-writer learns to fly and pilots a Cessna cross- country in a nostalgic search for self and the grass-roots camaraderie that he says is waning in society but still survives in general aviation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

Award-winning sportswriter Albom was a student at Brandeis University, some two decades ago, of sociologist Morrie Schwartz. Read full book review >
MY LIFE WITH BARBRA by Barry Dennen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

"A full and rare look at Streisand before she disappeared into a fog of myth and publicity. (14 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Life with Barbra, when she was Barbara, from the former boyfriend who helped set her on the road to fame and fortune. Read full book review >
A WILDERNESS WITHIN by David Backes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 1997

"Impeccably researched, near-claustrophobically detailed, evenhanded—Backes's volume gives a sense of the Olson behind the legend."
Backes (Canoe Country: An Embattled Wilderness, not reviewed) knits together a yeomanly portrait of Olson, a force in the mid-20th-century environmental movement, but someone today's readers may find a bit of a dinosaur. Read full book review >
HOME LIFE by Suzanne Fox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 1997

"A nonfiction novel in rooms. (10 b&w line drawings)"
Reflections on where she's lived and why by a poet and short- story writer. ``I inherited the knack and habit of redecoration from my father,'' Fox remarks, calling him ``a precise and obsessively methodical man.'' Her book, as well as her housekeeping style, seem similar to him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >