Search Results: "Alan Goldsher"


BOOK REVIEW

PAUL IS UNDEAD by Alan Goldsher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2010

"Slight but fun. A little misguided, though, since everyone knows the Rolling Stones are the walking undead."
In which the Fab Four reveal a fondness for munching on human brains in between gigs. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, and fangs for nothing."
Yet another favorite thing gets the vampire-meets-classic mashup treatment. Read full book review >

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MODEST MOUSE by Alan Goldsher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"A likely entertaining read for fans, but nothing to entice the general reader."
Modest Mouse is an okay rock band with an unpleasant frontman. Intrigued? Read full book review >

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JAM by Alan Goldsher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"With a sharp feel for the music and the sharks that feed on it, all this first novel lacks are characters that transcend caricature."
Upbeat and hip, bassist/journalist Goldsher's debut features a pair of jazz kids who grow up talented and tight, only to be undone by the big bad music business after crossing over and rocketing to the top of the pop charts. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"His own story, however, turns out to be mundane. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Alexander sets a standard of thoroughness for future works on Paton, but the treasures unearthed by his impressive research are few and far between in this tell-too-much biography. Read full book review >

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LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >

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ALAN LOMAX by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Despite its wealth of detail, this is a portrait left half-painted."
Overdue, hagiographic biography of the folk-song collector. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A must-read for disabled readers seeking inspiration for their dreams, and will hold the interest—and crush the excuses—of those training for marathons and triathlons."
The impressive story of a woman who will eventually be duly recognized as a pioneer in disabled athletics. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"A matter-of-fact epilogue with advice for up-and-coming stars is sensible, but the book's gossipy, annoyed attitude threatens to disenfranchise all but the most cynical fans."
A memoir of the music business from a manager who worked his way up from the mailroom to managing world-class acts. Read full book review >

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ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >

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CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR by Zachary Karabell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2004

"A dry life of a dry man, with a few intriguing glimpses into the Gilded Age."
An unmemorable president earns a fitting biography. Read full book review >

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ALAN J. PAKULA by Jared Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Like Pakula's films, Brown's biography is specific, carefully assembled and straightforward, but also sometimes tepid and flatly written."
A workmanlike study of a workmanlike filmmaker. Read full book review >