History Book Reviews (page 920)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 1994

"An enjoyable, thought-provoking tale of family ties and cultural identity, but rock 'n' roll fans may be frustrated by the author's emphases."
A tender, sometimes funny memoir by a son of Chinese immigrants who became a writer and Rolling Stone editor. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 14, 1994

"Stranger at the Gate is likely to provoke useful dialogue among mainstream Christians and to offer unsentimental hope and comfort to many who are struggling to reconcile homosexual desires with hostile, yet deeply valued, religious traditions."
White, an evangelical minister and former ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and other prominent leaders of the religious right, here describes his half-century-long struggle to accept himself as a gay Christian. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 13, 1994

"Part journal, part biography and part historical account of an era when the great Adirondack wilderness camps were at their height, Jerome combines outdoor adventure, natural history and personal insight in a satisfying manner."
Nearly a hundred years after a 19th-century writer paddled and portaged 266 miles through the Adirondack wilderness in a nine- foot, ten-and-a-half-pound canoe, writer/editor Jerome, inspired by that very same canoe seen in a museum, makes and records a similar journey. Read full book review >
STILL ALIVE by Jan Kott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1994

"A riveting book."
A splendid evocation by an eminent theater critic and philosopher (The Memory of the Body, 1992; Shakespeare Our Contemporary, not reviewed) of what it meant to be alive—sometimes barely—during the tremendous upheavals in Europe caused by the Second World War and the installation of the Communist regime in Poland. Read full book review >
THE GOD I BELIEVE IN by Joshua O. Haberman
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 1994

"That said, however, the interviews are still inherently interesting."
A disappointing example of an interesting idea casually executed, as Haberman, former senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C., and teacher of Jewish philosophy at several universities, interviews prominent Jews on their ideas of God and spirituality. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 11, 1994

"Sadly, this lively book does not take us up to the 1980's, but Moore is a historian, not a journalist, and her story gives modern continuity to the Diaspora."
A lucid account of American Jewry's second great migration- -from the old, cold cities of the Northeast and Midwest to the sunny new Edens of Los Angeles and Miami. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 7, 1994

"Although welcome for its clarity and elegance, Jacoby's account, much more importantly, looks beyond faction toward the common good."
Jacoby (The Last Intellectuals, 1987, etc.) joins the culture wars with the aim of striking a middle balance between ``left'' and ``right''—and manages the job with brio. Read full book review >
ONE ART by Elizabeth Bishop
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"The value here would be enhanced by explanatory footnotes."
More spontaneous, garrulous, and revealing than her published poetry or prose, these letters, over 500 selected from the several thousand she wrote between 1928 and 1979, edited by her friend and, from 1957, her publisher, Robert Giroux, are as close to an autobiography as the private and modest Bishop (1911-79) was to write. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, while The Age of Great Dreams doesn't go far or deep in any direction, it illuminates broad areas of 60's life, forming a great introduction to the decade."
A brief, valuable look at the tensions that shaped the 60's, and the cultural and political movements that grew out of them. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Perhaps inexplicable but uplifting stories of humanity."
Fogelman's survey of heroic subversion of the Nazi genocide of the Jews by non-Jews begins with the story of her own father, Simcha Fogelman, rescued by a Russian baker in the Byelorussian town of Illya in 1942. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Travels through a newly emerging old world, then, with a suave character."
Ignatieff, well-known in British TV as the smooth host of cerebral talk shows and political documentaries, takes on what he calls the rising tide of ``ethnic nationalism.'' There are two kinds of contemporary nationalism, says Ignatieff, ``civic'' and ``ethnic,'' the first based on a common perception of shared law, and the second—derived from the German romantics—based on blood kinship. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Much ado about a marginal American political figure, important more for his early career as a labor organizer than for his later one as a Communist."
Johanningsmeier (History/Delaware) ponderously depicts Communist leader and three-time Presidential candidate William Z. Foster (1881-1961) as a ``thoroughly American radical'' whose journey through trade unionism and the Wobbly movement to an idiosyncratic Communism exemplifies the course of US radicalism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >