Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

EFFORTS AT TRUTH by Nicholas Mosley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1995

"An autobiography that unflinchingly bares both the heart and the soul."
An idiosyncratic but morally serious autobiography from noted British novelist and biographer Mosley (Hopeful Monsters, 1991, etc.) that is more a search for meaning in both life and art than a conventional rÇsumÇ of milestones. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1995

"This slim book's surprising strength accrues line by line in Brox's keen observation and spare, poetic prose."
Aging parents and a troubled, ne'er-do-well brother draw Brox home to the family farm in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, where she confronts an age-old dilemma: the conflict between familial duty and the need to live one's own life. Read full book review >

ANGELS DON'T DIE by Patti Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Wait until Chelsea gets a little older. ($120,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Angels may not die, but they will surely wish for suspended animation until the last copy of this book is shredded. Read full book review >
THE SLIGHTLY OLDER GUY by Bruce Jay Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Slight, but for Friedman's target demographic, reliably fun. (illustrations)"
A veteran humorist offers wry and shticky counsel on how to survive the ``rough patch'' of incipient male aging. Read full book review >
DESCARTES by Stephen Gaukroger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Gaukroger's book lives up to its subtitle: It does valuable research in analyzing Descartes's work over his shifting career and in its proper context, but it wholly eclipses the biographic element. (67 figures, 4 halftones)"
This academic analysis of Descartes's (15961650) mathematical and philosophical studies traces the development of his work more than the patterns of his life and times. Read full book review >

PROVIDENCE by Daniel Quinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Likely to interest only devotees of Ishmael."
Quinn—winner of the $500,000 Turner Tomorrow award for his novel Ishmael (1992)—tells the story of his psychological journey from a loveless childhood into '50s Catholicism and finally to his present creed of animism and self-discovery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"An on-the-money introduction to the financial fraternity's ruling class."
This blue-chip status report makes a substantive contribution to the growing body of literature of the pivotal role played by central banks in in the Global Village's financial affairs (see Marjorie Deane and Robert Pringle's The Central Banks, 1995). Read full book review >
VOLCANO by Garrett Hongo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 1995

"Lyrical and aching in all the right measures, a finely crafted piece of work distilled to its essence."
A strikingly elegant family history, shot through with a poet's appreciation of Hawaiian geology. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING BALANCHINE by Robert Garis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 1995

"Any NYCB watcher will want to compare notes with Garis on dances and dancers, and his ingenuous insights into a critic's development and thought make this a primer for budding critics in all the arts. (46 illustrations, not seen)"
Garis follows himself following Balanchine through the decades—with perhaps too much reverence, redeemed by love and critical acumen. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Focusing on the brevity of life, White reminds her readers that every moment has its unique value."
Quirky and evocative sketches that capture the human spirit and the passing of a simpler and more genteel era. Read full book review >
THE LAST OF THE DUCHESS by Caroline Blackwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 1995

"A terrifying look at how far the mighty can fall when infirmity and poor judgment put them into nefarious hands."
The chronicle of dogged journalist/novelist Blackwood's quest to discover the fate of Wallis Simpson—for whom King Edward VIII gave up the throne and settled for the title duke of Windsor—after the death of her husband. Read full book review >
BLOWN SIDEWAYS THROUGH LIFE by Claudia Shear
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 1995

"Maybe it's time to start looking for job number 67."
The curriculum vitae of an intelligent and self- indulgent misfit. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >