Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

THE REAL MCKAY by Jim McKay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"A pleasant walk down memory lane with a genuinely decent man. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
Broadcaster McKay tells his story in a voice grown familiar from 30 years of ABC's Wide World of Sports and 11 Olympic Games: unfailingly charming, friendly, noncombative. Read full book review >
LAND OF DREAMS by Mordecai Schreiber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1998

"A memoir of early Israel of uneven literary and historical worth. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An intermittently engaging memoir recollecting the difficult birth of the State of Israel, by a novelist and translator. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A compelling narrative that reads like excellent fiction, but also a reminder of the suffering and moral dilemmas that Americans faced during the American Revolution."
Shunning caricatures of American revolutionary patriots as heroes and British loyalists as traitors or cowards, novelist McFarland (Seasons of Fear, 1983, etc.) shows in this absorbing narrative of three lives that the prerevolutionary crisis in Boston in 1774—75 had all the complexity and tragedy of a true civil war, and neither side had any monopoly on courage, virtue, or villainy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"While it's tough to see the rationale behind yet another book about this particular psycho—Manson himself counts 58 books on the topic—George has some items of interest to those who want to know all the details of Manson's prison life."
The latest entry in the canon of a true madman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A graceful, richly detailed delight. (photos, not seen)"
A witty and engaging history of one of American modernism's great monuments. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Historians of science will enjoy this imaginary meeting of minds; others may find the fare too esoteric."
A fictional dialogue between five seminal modern thinkers, on the thorny subject of artificial intelligence. Read full book review >
JAMES WHALE by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"While this is not an in-depth, psychologically rich biography, and Curtis's writing tends to be wooden, as an account of Whale's work, it is first-rate. (60 b&w photos)"
A well-crafted, detailed biography of the director of such classics as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and the 1936 version of Showboat. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 1998

"This engaging success story leaves behind a troubling aftertaste of personal and social wounds that appear to have been too artfully healed. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Suskind, a journalist, tells the story of one African-American youth's rise from poverty-stricken Anacostia, in southeast Washington D.C., to the ivied halls of Brown University. Read full book review >
FIGHTING FIRE by Caroline Paul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 1998

This memoir of one of the first women to penetrate the all-male bastion of the San Francisco Fire Department offers the story of one woman's education in political consciousness and personal discovery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 1998

"Timed to coincide with the anniversary of RFK's death, this is a fitting, substantial tribute to a great man. (History Book Club selection)"
A thoughtful effort to claim Bobby Kennedy for the conservative, but not necessarily right-wing, cause. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 1998

"Despite the current academic fashion, literary resurrections of this sort cannot be taken on faith, but rather require a proof that the authors, true believers both, fail to supply in this otherwise well-researched and readable biography. (30 b&w photos)"
Beat insider Ellingham and novelist Killian (Shy, 1989, etc.) have here embraced a most resistant, though not unworthy, subject in poet Jack Spicer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"As an exercise in self-exploration, it isn't much; but, as a trip down a challenging river, it's quite good."
Hoping "to resolve the unresolvable questions of my life,— McCairen became the first woman since the 1950s to make a solo raft trip down the Grand Canyon, coursing the Colorado River from northern Arizona to Lake Mead in 25 days. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >