Search Results: "Alec Guinness"


BOOK REVIEW

ALEC GUINNESS by Piers Paul Read
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2005

"A solid if sometimes digressive portrait of a stoic, hardworking player, never really influential but certainly memorable."
In which living as Obi-Wan Kenobi proves to be the best revenge. Read full book review >

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MY NAME ESCAPES ME by Alec Guinness
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"His diary may not make for gripping material, but it does seem to suggest an ideal way to spend one's retirement."
An amiable if unsurprising daily diary (covering all of 1995 and half of 1996) from the great British thespian. Read full book review >

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A POSITIVELY FINAL APPEARANCE by Alec Guinness
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"At its worst quotidian, at its best high art, from an actor who has earned the name of writer."
The retired actor muses with humble precision on the little details of his life; the results are sometimes mundane, often witty, and occasionally transcendent. Read full book review >

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GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS by Christy Webster
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Kids who don't want to read much of anything will eat this up. (Nonfiction early reader. 5-8)"
Guinness World Records aren't just for big kids anymore. Read full book review >

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THE GUINNESS BOOK OF ME by Steven Church
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2005

"Despite that off-putting note, a clever, revealing telling of a life so far."
An inventive debut refracts the life of a disaffected young man through his fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Evenhandedly critiquing left/right political extremes and writing clearly and with unimpeachable good sense, Guinness never quite demonstrates how his worthy proposal will play out as it confronts divisive cultural issues like same-sex marriage or abortion."
A prolific author and Christian intellectual calls for a cease-fire in the destructive culture wars. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Of less appeal than Lance Morrow's Evil (2003), which covers much the same ground in a rather more inclusive and certainly more thought-provoking way; still, of interest to the choir."
Bad things are afoot and ascendant, says Guinness, and "at a time when intellectual and moral responses to evil are weaker, more controversial, and more confused than they have been for centuries." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"At best, a sophisticated analysis of a very real crisis, and an earnest plea for America to face some home truths; at worst, an experience akin to suffering from the blur of a 350-page Op-Ed piece."
A heartfelt and perceptive analysis of what Guinness (Visiting Fellow/The Brookings Institute; The Gravedigger File, 1983, etc.- -not reviewed) sees as the cultural crisis facing America today. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"An often-charming love letter to a storied institution, but offered with a grain of salt."
What happens when your high-school crush isn't another student, but the high school itself? Read full book review >

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MR. APOLOGY by Alec Wilkinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"A deft and memorable collection with both focus and elbow room from a class act in the world of magazine journalism."
Twenty-one stylish, purposeful, wide-ranging, and carefully wrought essays, most previously published in the New Yorker. Read full book review >

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME by Alec Gillman
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Jan. 31, 1993

"For baseball history buffs of all ages. (Picture book. 5+)"
The rollicking, perennially popular song, written in 1908- -with Jack Norworth's lyrics and the chords for the chorus included, plus ``The [two] Original Verses,'' but not the tune to go with them. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2007

"A disarmingly earnest portrait of an enigmatic figure."
The life and times of itinerant wanderer and vagabond extraordinaire David Pearlman, better known in some circles as Poppa Neutrino. Read full book review >