Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 1995

"The beautiful music here involves the lives orchestrated, and in many cases rescued, by Turnbull's dedication. (Author tour)"
A straightforward but largely banal account of Turnbull's formative years and his experiences as founder and director of the renowned Boys Choir of Harlem. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 1995

"As many-sided as Tagore himself, this biography will introduce readers not only to one of the giants of 20th-century literature, but also to the encounter between European and South Asian culture under colonial rule. (48 pages photos)"
A beautifully written life of India's once-famous Nobel laureate who is now largely unknown to Western readers. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A plug for phenytoin masquerading as autobiography. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A brief and chatty profile that tells much more about Dreyfus's prowess at his hobbies than his career on Wall Street, grafted onto a reprint of his A Remarkable Medicine Has Been Overlooked (1981). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"His assassination theorizing, however, is informed but innocuous. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Washington lawyer and filmmaker Goldfarb on his experiences in the Kennedy Justice Department during Kennedy's war on organized crime. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Written with the help of Orbach's daughter, this is totally compelling, and one of the rarer stories of the Holocaust. (illustrations, not seen)"
An exciting and unusual mixture of Holocaust journal, coming-of-age story, and memoir of life on the seedy underside of Berlin during WW II. Read full book review >

FOR YOU, LILI MARLENE by Robert Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Donne notwithstanding, the youthful Peters emerges as a narrow, self-absorbed island in the sea of destruction and human misery that engulfed the Continent before the guns fell silent. (13 b&w photos, not seen)"
Vapid reminiscences of rear-echelon service with the US Army during WW II. Read full book review >
ALL RIVERS RUN TO THE SEA by Elie Wiesel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"And he ceaselessly pricks the conscience of a world that thinks it is possible to have heard 'enough' about the Holocaust."
Drenched with sad yearning, yet narrated with simplicity in the limpid singsong that distinguishes his oral as well as written narrative, Wiesel's memoir reveals much, if not enough, about the man whose purpose in life has been to testify to the fate of his people. Read full book review >
HOLDING ON by David Isay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Like traveling the Blue Highways with Studs Terkel, Isay's visits amplify lives richly and fully—if sometimes weirdly—lived. (50 duotones)"
A delightful menagerie of oddballs, cranks, and die-hard misfits brought together from Isay's National Public Radio series and given a subtle dignity in the photographs of Harvey Wang. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"Not a landmark contribution to historical scholarship, but a pleasant reflection on the possibilities of friendship."
In a limpidly written tribute to the friendship that epitomized the ``special relationship'' between Britain and the US, Alldritt (English/Univ. of British Columbia; Churchill the Writer, 1993, not reviewed, etc.) celebrates FDR and Winston Churchill's fateful association. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF PAUL HINDEMITH by Paul Hindemith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"One of the giants, in his own words."
An engaging selection of correspondences—by turns thoughtful, funny, businesslike, and touching—from one of the century's preeminent musical figures. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 1995

"A colorful, absorbing, and well-told tale. (16 pages illustrations, not seen)"
In a worthy successor to his noted 1676: The End of American Independence (1984), historian Webb (Syracuse Univ.) gives an account of the transatlantic Protestant military putsch known to history as the Glorious Revolution, which was orchestrated by John Churchill, Winston's illustrious ancestor and the first duke of Marlborough. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR GATSBY by Faye Dunaway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Dunaway should stick to what she does best: breathing life into other people's lives. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Cosmopolitan; author tour)"
Movies and leading men and all too little self-awareness in this stagey, unrevealing autobiography. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >