Search Results: "Alan Lazar"


BOOK REVIEW

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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ROAM by Alan Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Not a Disney-esque Homeward Bound homage, but rather something of a canine version of Black Beauty."
Award-winning musician/composer Lazar's debut novel presents the tale of Nelson, half-beagle, half-poodle, and thoroughly lost. 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD by Eric Bell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The potential horrors of white, middle-class, suburban public school are well-documented and creatively managed here, though readers could easily come away either contented or depressed. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Alan Cole starts out as a coward but doesn't end as one in this harrowing but inspiring debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Amusing, readable, occasionally moving account of life during wartime by a frustrated would-be hero."
Whimsical, at times poignant memoir of the WWII. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWAY by Zachary Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2008

"A skillful dramatization of the consequences of making and inhabiting your own world. The Stones ought to write a song about it."
The often self-destructive misadventures of "young people severed from all ties to the ordinary world" are chronicled in Lazar's alluringly creepy second novel (Aaron, Approximately, 1998). Read full book review >

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AARON, APPROXIMATELY by Zachary Lazar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"A connect-the-dots first novel with a studied, self-conscious, sporadically vivid style."
A coming-of-age story that features a hero as ambivalent as the book's title—and the reader's response is likely to be just about equally so-so. Read full book review >