Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 995)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Unfortunately, these strengths simply do not translate to the printed page—at least not in this collection. (b&w photos) ($50,000 ad/promo; radio and television satellite tours)"
The esteemed ex-footballer cum television announcer offers a rather too sweepingly titled recycling of his radio interviews. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 1997

"Strong, well-documented charges that are certain to stir rebuttals."
A thorough demolition of the reputation of Bruno Bettelheim, who is depicted here as tyrannical, arrogant, cruel, and above all a consummate liar. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"This book does raise important questions about the tradeoffs, if any, between electoral vulnerability and political accountability, but noverall, this work is not up to the author's usual standards."
In a novel but weakly supported premise, British political scientist and BBC elections analyst King argues that the American infatuation with holding government leaders accountable renders them much more vulnerable to the whims of the electorate than their counterparts abroad. Read full book review >
THE PRACTICE OF WRITING by David Lodge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Neither wholly journalism nor academic theorizing, The Practice of Writing offers the best of both worlds."
Having retired from theory-dominated academia in 1987, British novelist and critic Lodge (Therapy, 1995, etc.) reflects on the practice and practicalities of writing for a living in this engaging essay collection. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A punchy study that makes up for its occasionally dry tone with scholarly rigor and zeal. (18 photos, not seen)"
A terse traipse through Foucault terrain that explores the careers of several Victorians who made a living out of the ``lunacy trade.'' According to sociologist Scull (Univ. of Calif., San Diego) and British health and education experts MacKenzie and Hervey, the advance of capitalism in the 19th century gave rise to a whole class of people who brought ``skill and expertise rather than material goods'' to the marketplace. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"All writers, aspiring writers, and even just serious readers will be moved to pick up that ratty old diary and start scribbling again."
Bender, a playwright, essayist, and poet, offers an exciting foray into the inner workings of the writer's mind by focusing on the ubiquitous writer's journal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A professional operative's apologia pro vita CIA."
The engrossing, matter-of-fact memoir of a career CIA officer whose involvement with Nicaragua's Contras brought him to grief at the hands of a special prosecutor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Not an expression of outrage or revelation as much as of pain mirrored by detachment, both finding their language in the sharps and flats of the piano keyboard. (First serial to Cosmopolitan; $30,000 ad/promo)"
A concert pianist's soft-pedaled, sensitive memories of the childhood sexual abuse that, combined with her two brothers' suicides, tore her from her music. Read full book review >
THE SOLDIERS' TALE by Samuel Hynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A potent book with insights into human behavior under the severe stress of battle, which historians, politicians, and rear-echelon staff officers often ignore or misread."
Powerful meditations on the experience of modern war. Read full book review >
THE FACTORY OF FACTS by Luc Sante
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1998

"Beyond its Belgian grayness and fascinating specificity, Sante's shrewd and lyrical treatise on the past speaks to us all."
The elegance, originality, and humor of Sante's new book provide a deeply satisfying reading experience. Read full book review >
A SHINING CITY by Ronald Reagan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 1998

"Two of the last pieces, consisting of copies of Reagan's handwritten letter in 1994 announcing that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and of Nancy Reagan's remarks before the 1996 Republican convention, are the book's most moving. (45 b&w photos and 8 pages color photos, not seen)"
Excerpts drawn from 50 of Reagan's post-presidential speeches (delivered during 199094), interwoven with tributes to the president from a variety of notables, including Billy Graham, Henry Kissinger, John Major, Charlton Heston, Lech Walesa, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, and President Clinton. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"An entertaining and even moving work of popular history. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A vigorous, detailed record of the crucial campaign for the presidency during the last bitter stages of the Civil War. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >