Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS by Garry Jenkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"But it's a serviceable job nonetheless, a fine tribute to a talent in full bloom."
British journalist Jenkins adds to the mystery of the elusive actor in this respectful, not very gossipy, unauthorized biography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 1994

"By ferreting out new sources and new material and putting the familiar tales into a broader social context, Leamer gives a clearer if not always brighter picture of what it means to be a Kennedy woman."
Another Kennedy family saga, this one focusing on the women, from Irish forebears to feminist Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel. Read full book review >

PRESIDENT KENNEDY by Richard Reeves
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"Neither Camelot elegy nor scathing revisionism—but the kind of cool, dispassionate narrative that JFK himself might have appreciated."
Behind the scenes in the Kennedy Administration—in well- documented, unusually revealing depth. Read full book review >
ENGLAND'S DREAMING by Jon Savage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"Though at times overly detailed and wordy, still a compelling and intelligent narrative that's as much about the nature of anarchy as about the Sex Pistols and punk rock. (Sixteen-page color insert.)"
In an account packed with incisive social analysis, a London- based writer who contributes regularly to US music magazines (Spin, Rolling Stone, etc.) chronicles the lurid yet surprisingly complex rise and fall of Britain's quintessential punk band, the Sex Pistols. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"Capote's flamboyant, fascinating life as related by other voices, other views. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
Less a literary convocation than an A-list gab-fest, this volume is filled over the brim with three things Capote cared deeply about: gossip, name-dropping, and himself. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 1995

"Challenged and challenging, the author offers a self- portrait of a man in a wheelchair, neither hero nor poster boy, that should help to rattle stereotypes a little further. (Author tour)"
In a memoir that is both funny and furious, tales of private and public adventure from a nationally known radio and TV reporter who is paralyzed from the chest down. Read full book review >
THE WORLD I LEFT BEHIND by Luba Brezhneva
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"Often interesting, with some genuinely insightful psychologizing, but Brezhneva is a far cry from Irina Ratushinskaya or Solzhenitsyn. (Author tour)"
The niece of Leonid Brezhnev recalls her life in the inner circles of the Soviet leadership of the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
FIREBRAND by Tom Dardis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"Rewarding reading for devotees of American publishing."
A publisher who shaped a dynamic time in American literary history falls prey to his own vices, while Dardis (The Thirsty Muse, 1989, etc.) secures a place as a top chronicler of this particular era and of artistic, destructive men. Read full book review >
DEAREST WILDING by Yvette Eastman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"Essentially for those whose interests are academic or voyeuristic or both. (14 b&w photos, not seen)"
This fragmentary memoir, supplemented by love letters from Theodore Dreiser, offers little of interest about either the author, her famous lover, or their relationship. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"A fresh, needed reinterpretation of Sherman the man, but a bit overwritten and sometimes off-base in its psychologizing."
The battles of the Civil War become background scenery in this long, sober examination of the mind and personality of ``Cump'' Sherman, 19th-century American military icon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"A gossipy, human-scale rundown on an American original whose larger-than-life ambitions and appetites have yet to be sated. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Having predicted that high-profile news readers were an endangered species in Anchors (1990), the Goldbergs follow up with a dirt-dishing biography of the madcap media mogul who has done as much as anyone to imperil network television. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"Despite these lapses, generally engaging. (10 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This thoughtful study weighs received wisdom about women who influence American foreign policy against the evidence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >