Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

Released: June 18, 1998

"The first third of the book, recounting the process of consolidation that led to the creation of the modern Mob, is a bit overly familiar, but the rest is a fast-moving tale, told with gusto. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Former Newsday correspondent Volkman (Spies, 1994) returns to his home turf, the peccadilloes of America's organized crime families. Read full book review >
POINT LAST SEEN by Hannah Nyala
Released: June 16, 1997

"The gripping chronicle of a tracker finding herself as she looks for others. (Book-of-the-Month/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
In this beautifully rendered narrative, a woman reveals the art of tracking both in the wilderness and in autobiography. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1997

"Their love, humor, and forgiveness resonate from every page. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
An honest, searching memoir about the trials of an openly gay priest and his partner. Read full book review >
THE BRONSKI HOUSE by Philip Marsden
Released: June 1, 1997

"A fascinating and dramatic tale of love and loss on both a personal and national scale."
A chronicle of one ÇmigrÇ Polish aristocrat's return to her family's abandoned estate is transformed by an award-winning British writer into an evocative narrative complete with two remarkable heroines and two world wars. Read full book review >
JIMMY STEWART by Roy Pickard
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Slim pickings on a tasty bird. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Largely scissors-and-paste celebio of Stewart, spiced with two interviews that Pickard, a British film scholar, conducted with the actor over the years. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 8, 1993

"These cavils apart: a comprehensive rundown on one of the fourth estate's more consequential figures. (Thirty-two pages of photographs—not seen.)"
An engrossing, if tediously detailed, biography of William Maxwell Aitken (lst Baron Beaverbrook), the Canadian adventurer who gained fame as a British press-lord, politico, and socialite. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"Still: a useful reminder of a not-so-distant past, as well as a—perhaps unintentional- -primer on the realities of fame and politics. (Photos—16 pp. b&w- -not seen.)"
From former Los Angeles Times editorial writer Mills (A Place in the News, 1988)—a biography more fulsome than definitive of civil-rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"It's the author's own rambunctious exploits that carry the day—and that's more than enough. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations, map- -not seen.)"
Admirers of Barley's witty and revealing anthropological- adventure yarns (Not a Hazardous Sport, 1989, etc.) will be pleased to see that the assistant curator of the British Museum has not lost his touch as he recounts his experiences at sites associated with Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826)—founder of Singapore and general burr under the saddle of the high-riding directors of the British East India Company during the early 19th century. Read full book review >
YONDER by Jim W. Corder
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Subliminal grieving for a life lived in ribs of dust."
Tobacco chaw and human weighings by a professor of English (Texas Christian Univ.) who wonders whether he exists, and who finds the greater public crises of past decades writ small in his own life. Read full book review >
Released: June 18, 1997

"When I listen to Bruce Springsteen, I remember how to be an American,'' finally ring true. (8 pages b&w photo, not seen)"
Cullen's study of Bruce Springsteen is a full-fledged cultural critique, examining how ``the Boss's'' music has been influenced by the society around him. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1997

"Randolph's career is a historical footnote, but the author's close examination of his father's complex relationship with Winston Churchill, augmented with excerpts from their voluminous correspondence, make this a valuable contribution to Churchill scholarship."
A "filial and objective" biography of Winston S. Churchill's only son, Randolph, by Randolph's son. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

This breezy, superficial book is a ``violently unauthorized biography'' of America's notorious ``outlaw'' journalist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >