Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

JUDY GARLAND by David Shipman
Released: June 10, 1993

"If you can take it, it's a great story. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs)"
Big, heart-heavy bio of Garland that—though never stylish- -holds throughout. Read full book review >
CLARK GABLE by Jane Ellen Wayne
Released: June 9, 1993

"Wayneland recycled."
The King of Tragedy is discovered behind the King of Hollywood—by the Queen of Trash Bios. Read full book review >

KING ICAHN by Mark Stevens
Released: June 8, 1993

"But that is another story—and one that many readers will hope that Stevens finds time to tell."
As this savvy, tellingly detailed rundown on the top gun in the megabuck takeover battles of the 1980's makes clear, even Robert Ringer (Winning Through Intimidation, etc.) could have learned a thing or two from Carl Icahn. Read full book review >
Released: June 6, 1993

"Since Richard Ellmann is dead and Walter Jackson Bate is retired, how about it, Stephen Sears?"
The Confederate cavalry commander, as conspicuous for his racism as for his military prowess, receives a biography that emphasizes his reprehensible exploits as slave trader and founding father of the Ku Klux Klan. Read full book review >
Released: June 3, 1993

"The subject is timely, however treacly the style: a memoir very much in the manner and shadow of The Thorn Birds, on which Sweeney served as a technical advisor. (Eight page b&w photo insert—not seen)"
A sentimental love story—from courtship to marriage—about a restless Jesuit priest and a successful but spiritually starved actress. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1993

"Funny and smart: a great way for beset urban women to chase the blues."
Heimel's new collection takes up where her last one (If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?, 1991) ended: In 36 short pieces previously published in Playboy, the Village Voice, and the Independent, the humorist parades the goofy, smart, obsessive-yet-perceptive persona that many downtown Manhattan- dwellers have come to identify with. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"EWSLUGp1991—but, still, a slick, informed account of an upstart wheeler-dealer whose brass may be exceeded only by his reach. (Photographs—not seen)"
A deliciously wicked take on casino/real-estate mogul Donald J. Trump. Read full book review >
HEROES OF MY TIME by Harrison E. Salisbury
Released: June 1, 1993

"Salisbury alone. (First printing of 25,000)"
Former New York Times reporter Salisbury (The New Emperors, 1992, etc.) profiles 25 individuals who have won his admiration. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"The story of a shrewd, observant, daring, and hardheaded man who always gravitated to interesting people and issues: both an autobiographical cliffhanger and an important historical document. (Nineteen b&w photographs)"
A priceless Old Left memoir by Shipman (1895-1989), who began as a student activist and became a founding member of the Mexican Communist Party and an intimate of leftists and literati around the globe. Read full book review >
MARY RENAULT by David Sweetman
Released: June 1, 1993

"Renault continues to wear her own Mask of Apollo."
This first nonacademic biography of Renault was developed by Sweetman (Van Gogh, 1990) from a rare interview granted him in 1981, two years before his subject's death. Read full book review >
Released: May 31, 1993

Big news in the Little House. Read full book review >
Released: May 30, 1993

"A Jungian coincidence?"
Shepherd became a biochemist in the 70's, married a fellow graduate student she'd known since high school, pursued a career in biotechnology, and eventually divorced. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >