Search Results: "Bill Holm"


BOOK REVIEW

BILL by Chap Reaver
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Laced with wonderfully dry humor and pungent observations, a grand yarn that begs to be shared aloud, and again. (Fiction. 10+)"
From the late author of Mote (1990) and A Little Bit Dead (1992; both Edgar winners), an endearing story that, despite its compelling climax and some pleasingly melodramatic features, is markedly less violent than its predecessors. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Holm's frequent invocations of Walt Whitman and Tom Paine sometimes overtax the small-town context, but at their best, these essays make a virtue of parochialism. (22 b&w photos, not seen)"
After living all over the US and teaching in China, Holm (Coming Home Crazy, not reviewed) reapplies himself with gusto and grandiloquence to life as lived in his hometown, the minute Minneota, Minn. ``The Music of Failure,'' the book's centerpiece essay, showcases most of Holm's themes: the values of the local past, the particulars of family chronicles, the uses of memory, and, in contrast to these qualities, America's rootless lack of history and its obsession with individual success. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Holm mixes keen you-are-there observations with profound bits of homespun philosophizing, and never once does he sound a false note. The result is a pleasure for islomanes, and for anyone who appreciates good writing."
An expertly wrought memoir of journeys to islands real, metaphorical, and imagined. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Love, Bill by Jan Krulick-Belin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2016

"A touching biography of a World War II soldier that unfolds like a mystery."
A woman doggedly investigates the details of her father's life, a man she hardly knew. Read full book review >

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BILL MAULDIN by Todd DePastino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"An engrossing portrait of a cartooning genius."
Entertaining biography of a poor boy who entered the military as a teenager and became perhaps the greatest war cartoonist of all time, thanks to a couple of GIs named Willie and Joe. Read full book review >

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BILL CLINTON by Nigel Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Still, for the moment it's the most complete life yet of the man, and though it will at turns puzzle both fans and detractors of Clinton and his legacy, it's well worth reading for all concerned."
An overblown (and this is but the first volume, ending with the crushing defeat of Bush I), often out of tune, but oddly fascinating account of William Jefferson Clinton's pre-White House life and career. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILL CLINTON by Elaine Landau
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Notes; bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
A simply phrased, heavily illustrated introduction to our 42nd president, focusing on his youth and political career but also covering, albeit briefly, his adult private life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2003

"A welcome contribution to legal and judicial history."
Cogent biography, at once admiring and damning, that amplifies and corrects the record left by the controversial Supreme Court justice in his memoirs. Read full book review >

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BILL PICKETT by William R. Sanford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Pickett's stunt will draw readers in initially, but his life story is inspiring enough to keep them. (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
With the superfluous subtitle ``African-American Rodeo Cowboy,'' this entry in the Legendary Heroes of the Wild West series should prove interesting not only to its targeted audience of less-able readers, but to others as well. Read full book review >