Search Results: "Bill Maher"


BOOK REVIEW

TRUE STORY by Bill Maher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Otherwise, nice try, Mr. Maher, but don't give up your comedy job."
A miss-and-hit portrayal of the stand-up comedy scene, circa 1979, by comedian Maher, the sardonic host of Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"Funny stuff for TV viewers with short attention spans."
Less an actual book than a return to the print-media platform by a brand most familiar from television. Read full book review >

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SALVAGE by Stephen Maher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Maher (Deadline, 2013) keeps the pot boiling by forgoing character development, moral complexity, and plot twists in order to churn out one fast-paced action scene after another. It's all one-dimensional but highly effective if you're in the mood."
A Nova Scotia waterman risks his life to salvage an abandoned vessel, then finds that no good deed goes unpunished. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL'S CARD by Mary Maher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"More successful, then, as a sensitive, though slow-moving, historical reconstruction of ethnic tensions among the Chicago Irish than as a puzzle or thriller."
A fictionalized review of a celebrated 1889 Chicago case: the disappearance and murder of Dr. Patrick Cronin. Read full book review >

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THIS ONE THING by Damian Maher
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A respectable first novel with a solid balance of drama, sex, and romance."
In this debut novel, an inquisitive, determined lad comes of age and explores his sexuality in Yugoslavia during the 1980s. Read full book review >

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THE FIELDS by Kevin Maher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Unless you fall for Jim's Irish-English speech, you might not finish this book."
The narrator's breathless, slang-rich voice distinguishes this "luck of the Irish" coming-of-age story. Read full book review >

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TOM WAITS ON TOM WAITS by Paul Maher Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Some entertaining yarns lurk among a great deal of garrulous dross."
The singer-songwriter-actor-playwright with a rare gift of gab gets a second anthology of interviews. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"Smart and fast-paced; one of the better pieces to appear so far in this anniversary year."
On the Road, celebrating its 50th birthday, may have been composed in a white heat. But, as Kerouac scholar Maher ably shows in this biography of the book and its author, it took years for that heat to build. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

"As much fun as a Texas barbecue, but with its serious side. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A colorful history of the Univ. of Texas Longhorns football program by Austin sportswriters Maher and Bohls, who help explain the mentality behind the unofficial team slogan, ``Be number one, or be no one.'' The Longhorns won their last national championship in 1969, crowning the glory days of coach Darrell Royal, a legendary figure who led the team to ten Cotton Bowls and never had a losing season in 20 years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MAZE ME by Naomi Shihab Nye
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2005

"A gem. (index) (Poetry. YA)"
Nye begins her newest volume of 72 original poems with a wonderful, compact introduction in which she remembers her own "rough years of transition" and, like her beloved ceramics teacher, hopes to impart "faith about ‘growing up.' " Writing for girls 12 and older, the author encourages her readers to "write three lines down in a notebook every day . . . you will find out what you notice," and these poems, one imagines, could have indeed started out as "scribbled details . . . crumbs to help me find my way back." Read full book review >