Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

MARK TWAIN'S LETTERS by Mark Twain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"A major scholarly resource, but slow-going and unrewarding, proof of how compartmentalized genius can sometimes be. (80 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
An astonishingly dull but comprehensively annotated collection of letters from an unexceptional period in Twain's life. Read full book review >
IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA by W.W. Meissner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1992

"An ambitious attempt to join the couch and the prie-dieu, this reveals much about the saint as a man, almost nothing about the man as a saint. (Twenty-four illustrations.)"
Far-reaching, sometimes far-fetched psychobiography of the Catholic mystic, saint, and founder of the Jesuits. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"Will no doubt raise a few hackles, but Pitino's tale of doings on and off the court will be the most discussed basketball book of the season. (B&w photos—eight pages—not seen.)"
Star basketball-coach Pitino's candid and emotional account of the Kentucky Wildcats' revival from sanctions and probation in 1989 to the dramatic at-the-buzzer loss to Duke in the NCAA semifinals earlier this year. Read full book review >
THE GOOD SAMARITAN STRIKES AGAIN by Patrick F. McManus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"No masterpiece of comic invention, but at least a workmanlike assemblage, with few springs, bolts, or nuts left out."
Pat McManus (Real Ponies Don't Go Oink, 1991, etc.), the Falstaff of Field and Stream, gathers his fall collection of sporting silliness for his eighth trek down his own well-beaten path. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A down-to-earth biography that shows appreciation for Jackson's greatness without resorting to hero-worship. (Photographs, maps—not seen.)"
Farwell (Armies of the Raj, 1989, etc.) breaks little new ground in this nevertheless limpidly written biography of the Confederate hero. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Osborne breaks little new ground and fails to plumb Early's motives or complex personality; nonetheless, his engaging biography gives due attention to a Confederate who has been unfairly neglected by Civil War scholars. (Maps, 16 pages of photos—not seen.)"
Osborne (Verdi, 1987; Schubert and His Vienna, 1985, etc.) makes a solid foray into military biography with this crisp narrative about Lee's pugnacious and erratic subordinate. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Vivid and relentless, combining a formidable array of primary sources with meticulous analysis—a devastating reassessment of the Conquest as nothing less than a holy war, one that continues today from Guatemala to the sands of Arabia."
Yet another take on Columbus and his ilk, this one placing him in a Christian context of intolerance and genocidal tendencies; by Univ. of Hawaii historian Stannard (The Puritan Way of Death, 1977; Shrinking History, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Fine, funny fare for Jew and non-Jew alike."
Rabbi Telushkin (An Eye for an Eye, 1991), rooted in the tradition of reverence for past learning, has gathered lots of hoary jokes and aged wisecracks, together with a few more recent japes, that make Jews laugh. Read full book review >
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1992

"Definitive. (Photographs—121—some seen.)"
Engrossing story of the Balzac-scaled life of the great architect. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Although Greenslade has an axe to grind, he sets a high standard by offering an objective if unsparing portrait of a villain who was often in error but seldom in doubt. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
When Robert Maxwell met his mysterious death offshore the Canary Islands less than a year ago, the world first thought it had lost a billionaire media baron. Read full book review >
GOT TO TELL IT by Jules Schwerin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A fine biography, and a valuable contribution to the too- sparse literature on gospel music. (Thirty halftones—not seen.)"
Engaging biography of the great gospel singer who was the first to cross over to a large white audience. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A brilliant idea well carried out. (Photographs throughout—not seen.)"
A fictitious dinner party featuring Hollywood ``royalty,'' with dialogue taken from their own words during actual interviews with Speck. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >