Search Results: "A.M. Sperber"


BOOK REVIEW

BOGART by A.M. Sperber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Dramatic, historically informative, and elegiac, this exemplifies an honorable standard in the uneven world of film biographies. (40 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Two celebrated biographers lend their diligence to this dense, insightful work on a much analyzed icon. Read full book review >

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THREE A.M. by Steven John
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2012

"A promising, if not entirely satisfying, debut."
A bleak little fable about personal responsibility, set in an apparently post-apocalyptic, nameless American city. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2010

"As infectious as Mancini's score, and sure to please lovers of classic American cinema."
Behind the scenes of the cinema's gold standard for sparkling romantic comedy. Read full book review >

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2 A.M. AT THE CAT'S PAJAMAS by Marie-Helene Bertino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"While some will find this seasonal sweetness charming, others will find it maddeningly contrived."
Bertino, who won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection Safe as Houses (2012), aims to pull heartstrings in her first novel, which is set in Philadelphia and follows a cast of cute/quirky characters hour by hour as their lives converge two days before Christmas. Read full book review >

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KARL MARX by Jonathan Sperber
Released: March 11, 2013

"Authoritative in its scope, but dense and unnecessarily difficult."
A thorough but starchy portrait of the father of modern communism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A scathing reminder that the 'good old days' in college sports never were. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana Univ.; Shake Down the Thunder, 1993, etc.) again chips away at the sacred mythic core of college sports. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2000

"A student nicely summed up Sperber's well-framed argument: college has become 'a four-year party—one long tailgater—with an $18,000 annual cover charge.' And you thought Dobie Gillis was bad."
Though not late-breaking news, here is an extremely dispiriting portrait of undergraduate life being reduced to a support unit for the athletic department, from long-time critic of the university sport scene Sperber (Onward to Victory, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Eight pages of photographs—not seen)."
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana University; College Sports Inc., 1990) does in this exceptional, exhaustive history of Notre Dame football what he does best: dash myths and penetrate to systemic corruption and hypocrisy, all the while maintaining an implicit love for collegiate athletics. Read full book review >

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THE MISTRESS’S DAUGHTER by Homes A.M.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2007

"Ultimately off-putting and unappealing, due to a whiny, self-pitying attitude conveyed in overwrought prose."
Adopted as a newborn, novelist Homes (This Book Will Save Your Life, 2006, etc.) finally meets her biological parents. Read full book review >

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BREAKING BOXES by A.M. Jenkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"But Charlie's tale becomes compelling because he is a character to care for, and the novel articulates with appreciable clarity the emotional risks of opening up to others. (Fiction. 12+)"
The protagonist in this engaging novel has an unusual number of problems to contend with. Read full book review >