Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

KING OF COMEDY by Shawn Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Marred only by a lack of a bibliography and footnotes, this scrupulous, skillful, incessantly fair account should go a long way toward restoring Lewis to his proper place in the entertainment firmament. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Put your mitts together for this ``sock'' biography of one of the last of the great entertainers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Required reading for medical students."
A detail-rich narrative of how one remarkably persistent woman prodded an apathetic, arrogant medical establishment into solving the mystery of Lyme disease. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Revisionist'' history without the proof; a story as entertaining, and as solid, as the supermarket tabloids. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sensational reinterpretation of the evidence surrounding the death of Adolf Hitler. Read full book review >
THE CREATURE IN THE MAP by Charles Nicholl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 1996

"A rare treat for both intellect and imagination. (illustrations, not seen)"
This brilliantly written reconstruction of Sir Walter Raleigh's 1595 South American journey combines painstaking scholarship, vivid travelogue, and an intuitive sensitivity for the many meanings of the El Dorado myth. Read full book review >
WHILE THE MUSIC LASTS by William M. Bulger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 1996

"Of little specific concern to anyone uninterested in Massachusetts politics, Bulger's account is nonetheless an engaging, frequently funny look at politics at its most local. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
From the leader of the Massachusetts Senate, a colorful, anecdote-filled memoir of a political life. Read full book review >

STAY HERE WITH ME by Robert Olmstead
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Written with great-hearted love and compassion in a language full of human longing and frailty, this is a book for anyone who was once young."
With a simplicity of language belying a deeply rich and subtle imagery, novelist Olmstead (American by Land, 1993, etc.) produces a variegated narrative, dreamlike in its reflection of passing youth yet rooted in the earthy prose of farm life, and always achingly hued by an 18-year-old's nascent awareness of mortality. Read full book review >
SEX DEATH ENLIGHTENMENT by Mark Matousek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 1996

"The surprise is that Matousek can get away with such New Age musings and make them seem utterly down to earth, even inspiring. (Author tour)"
A professional glamour hound ditches his thankless career in magazine journalism and goes on a circuitous quest for spiritual comfort in this surprisingly engrossing, cant-free memoir. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND HIS ENEMIES by Robert Middlekauff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"An original contribution to the extensive literature on Franklin."
In this unusual study of Benjamin Franklin's personal relationships, Middlekauff (History/Univ. of Calif., Berkeley; The Mathers, 1971, etc.) points out that the beloved American sage and statesman had enemies who hated him and whom he hated in return. Read full book review >
TRESPASSES by Howard Swindle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"A remarkable insight into the minds of rape victims, and a brave attempt to study the darker recesses of violence and human sexuality."
Swindle, a Dallas Morning News editor, investigates the five- year rampage of the Ski Mask Rapist, a Dallas man still convinced that many of his attacks were seductions. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"These cavils apart, an absorbing and judicious reckoning on an innovative banker who viewed the world as his capitalistic institution's oyster."
A journalist's painstakingly thorough audit of Walter B. Wriston's stewardship at Citicorp, which he helped make into what is arguably the Global Village's most formidable and influential financial institution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 1996

"A fascinating record, and a double window into the biographies of two major poets."
Spanning nearly a lifetime, from 1907 to 1963, the friendship between ``Liebes Ezrachen'' and ``Deer Bull'' makes up, in Pound's words, ``two halves of what might have made a fairly decent poet'' divided by ``the wide atlantic ocean.'' Their more than 50 years of animated letters started after a friendship at the University of Pennsylvania, continued through their ties to Imagism, then endured as they pursued their differing yet consonant ideas of poetry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

Fischer (History and American Studies/Univ. of Minn., Duluth) offers nine essays on various aspects of the history of American political cartooning. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >