Search Results: "Alan Zweibel"


BOOK REVIEW

BUNNY BUNNY by Alan Zweibel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"And he will donate all proceeds to Gilda's Club, a cancer support center in New York City. (Pen-and-ink illustrations) (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
In a series of funny, tender, and touching dialogues, former Saturday Night Live writer Zweibel recalls his buddy-and-almost- lover friendship with SNL actress Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SHULMAN by Alan Zweibel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2005

"Mildly amusing, but a work from the co-author of Billy Crystal's current Broadway hit, 700 Sundays, could have packed more of a punch."
This comic novel about a lovable loser who runs in a New York City Marathon is an adult first from Zweibel, Emmy-winning TV writer and author of Bunny Bunny (1994), a memoir of Gilda Radner. Read full book review >

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OUR TREE NAMED STEVE by Alan Zweibel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Steve's almost-face shines in each illustration of this sentimental tribute. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a letter to his three children who are visiting their grandparents, a father recalls all the wonderful things Steve the tree has been to their family. 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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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A mildly enjoyable if open-ended romp. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The author of Go the Fuck to Sleep (2011) joins Zweibel to craft a (somewhat) more conventional tale, featuring a seventh-grader who gets unexpected help navigating middle school rapids.Read full book review >

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LUNATICS by Alan Zweibel
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"An antidote, if one is needed, to gritty urban realism."
A novel for those who love one-liners, outrageous characters and loopy plots. 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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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Who says a middle schooler can't change history? It's all about being in the right place—and time. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Franklin Isaac Saturday mails himself in a box back to the 18th century to help out his pen pal and good buddy, "B-Freezy." Dude! Read full book review >