Search Results: "Billy Ray Cyrus"


BOOK REVIEW

HILLBILLY HEART by Billy Ray Cyrus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 2013

"Although the narrative occasionally veers into aw-shucks-I'm-just-a-country-boy territory, this is a warm account of a star who has managed to remain humble."
A controversial country-music sensation imparts tales of struggle and success. Read full book review >

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CYRUS  by Mason Balouchian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2017

"A dramatic and instructive history of the birth of Persia."
A work of historical fiction focuses on the life of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire. Read full book review >

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BILLY DEAD by Lisa Reardon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Vivid and often gripping, but unmodulated, and finally not very convincing."
A legacy of family violence and sexual abuse haunts the desperate characters who populate this melodramatic first novel by an award-winning playwright. Read full book review >

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BILLY by Laura Roybal
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"A first novel that should find a wide audience among YAs who enjoy a good story with real depth. (Fiction. 12+)"
Sixteen-year-old Billy's easygoing life in a small New Mexico town is disrupted when he's arrested for brawling and a routine fingerprint check reveals that he's a missing child, kidnapped at age ten by his father. Read full book review >

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BILLY by Albert French
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"For a fine treatment of similar material, read Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying (p. 167)."
Death, race, and injustice in the Deep South—in a deeply felt but crude first novel about the accidental death of a white girl that leads to the judicial murder of the black boy who killed her. Read full book review >

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BILLY by Pamela Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2002

"A loving case study, meticulously researched, best on the early years before the accolades began to accumulate."
Clinical psychologist and former comedian Stephenson balances wifely affection with professional analysis in her biography of Billy Connolly, who survived abandonment as well as physical and sexual abuse to become a noted musician, comedian, and actor. Read full book review >

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RAY CHARLES by Michael Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Ironically, Lydon notes that the autobiography has 'only one fully fleshed-out character: Brother Ray'; the same could be said for his own work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointingly superficial account of the life of one of popular music's elder statesmen. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >

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ARMADILLO RAY by John Beifuss
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In his first book, Beifuss's text is somewhat wordy, but its point is simple and accessible, its protagonist endearing, and the vibrancy of the illustrations silences debate over minor details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Readers will be drawn here first to newcomer Turley's paintings: oil pastels more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depict a stylized southwestern landscape. Read full book review >

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LENNY CYRUS, SCHOOL VIRUS by Joe Schreiber
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Here's hoping readers won't be daunted by it, since there is so much here to enjoy. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
A middle school science genius chooses an unusual way to get the girl. Read full book review >

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RAY & JOAN by Lisa Napoli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A book characterized by deep research and a seamless weaving together of the details of different lives."
A dual biography of the man who made McDonald's ubiquitous and his third wife, who, after his death, spent the last two decades of her life becoming one of most generous philanthropists in American history. Read full book review >