Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A funny, combative walk on the wild side, told with tremendous heart and charm. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A brassy, forthright autobiography from the flamboyant, cross- dressing black diva made famous by John Berendt's bestselling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

A foster child who ricocheted around the system and emerged as Miss Teen USA writes trenchantly about her experiences. Read full book review >

WITH CUSTER ON THE LITTLE BIGHORN by William O. Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"This sweeping account by a surprisingly gifted writer is more than a battlefield epic; it is vibrant, living history that easily leaps the 120-year chasm between us and combatants that day at the Little Bighorn. (Editor tour)"
Joining the crowded ranks of new books about General George Armstrong Custer's now mythic final battle in 1876 is this newfound eyewitness account by a private in the Seventh Cavalry, attached to Major Marcus Reno's command. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN OF HENRY VIII by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, Weir succeeds not only in bringing to life Henry VIII's heirs but also in illuminating the background to the aftermath of their turbulent years—the Elizabethan era. (12 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This fascinating tale of murder, jealousy, religious fanaticism, and political scandal among 16th-century British royals makes the modern dysfunctional royal family appear quaint by comparison. Read full book review >
NEHRU by Stanley Wolpert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Striking a wise balance between sophistication and deference to the reader's need for explanations, Wolpert illuminates the aspirations and fears behind Nehru's compulsive drive toward power in India and influence in the wider world."
The story of one of the giants of 20th-century history, here given an added psychoanalytic twist. Read full book review >

SPACE by Jesse Lee Kercheval
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A familiar coming-of-age story, but punctuated by the romance and thunder of rockets entering space. (Author tour)"
A sweetly honest memoir of a girl growing up amid the glare of the rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Read full book review >
WALKING ON WALNUTS by Nancy Ring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Which explains why this book collapses like a soufflÇ that's been beaten to death. (illustrations by the author, not seen)"
Painter, poet, and pastry chef Ring uses her dual experience as a struggling artist and struggling chef as a basis for this ambitious autobiography, but it is marred by too many themes and unsophisticated writing. Read full book review >
A MESSAGE FROM GOD IN THE ATOMIC AGE by Irene Vilar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 1996

"Vilar not only tells her own story well, but, even more unusually, she sharply and originally negotiates larger subjects- -identity, narrative, patriarchy, nationalism, and motherhood. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A lyrical and visionary memoir of depression, Puerto Rican identity, and young womanhood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 1996

"For those truly interested in finding out about Stern, his radio show is much more entertaining and revealing than this pallid, perfunctory bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to the Los Angeles Times Magazine)"
Despite brash touting as being unauthorized, this uninspired biography of the shock-jock is as mild as they come. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 1996

"A modest and likeable narrator, Twofeathers avoids the self- righteous polemics sometimes found in this genre, and while the gorier sections are initially jolting, his aplomb in withstanding pain and coming back for more lends a certain normalcy to this ritual."
A casual account of intensely painful ceremonial rituals that provide pathways to the spiritual world of the Shoshoni and Lakota peoples. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 1996

"Still, an appealing human portrait emerges of one of the nation's most eminent governors."
A hagiographic authorized bio of New Jersey's governor, by her personal friend. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 1996

"He is certainly too far removed from the workings of NOI to give a full picture of a divisive and difficult figure."
Magida was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reporting on the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, but this biography adds little to our knowledge or understanding of this fiery, notorious man. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >