Search Results: "Alan Jacobs"


BOOK REVIEW

HARRIET JACOBS by Jean Fagan Yellin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Yellin's fine reconstruction of an impressive personality should firmly embed Jacobs in American cultural history. (16-page b&w photo insert, not seen)"
Graceful, honorable portrait, extensively documented and annotated, of the woman who wrote Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.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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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 14, 2010

"A messy entry in a category of sportswriting that's produced much better."
A grab bag of stories about the American boxing world and how the Mob transformed it in the 1950s. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Just in time for the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, to be released in December."
An amiable, uncluttered biography by Jacobs (Literature/Wheaton Coll.) that provides a key to Lewis's Christian hierarchy of Narnia. Read full book review >

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BEING SLOANE JACOBS by Lauren Morrill
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A thoughtful reminder that it is difficult to walk a mile in someone else's shoes—or in this case, skates. (Fiction. 12-16)"
An on-ice case of traded identities. 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 >

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'LEAVE THAT CRICKET BE, ALAN LEE' by Barbara Ann Porte
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

Like Barbara Dugan's (above), a book that asks the question: ``Can an insect find happiness in a jar?'' (and from the same publisher, yet). Read full book review >

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THE PERFECT COMEBACK OF CAROLINE JACOBS by Matthew Dicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Heartwarming and often darkly humorous, this road trip for vengeance fairly cries out for filming."
Just as easily as a middle school friend can turn into an enemy, so can a wallflower turn into a suburban warrior in this tale of a woman seeking the best comeback to a bully. Read full book review >