Search Results: "Bob Spitz"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BEATLES by Bob Spitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"For completists, a necessity. Others will want to consult Hunter Davies's The Beatles, which, though 38 years old and problematic in itself, is a pleasure to read."
In time for the 40th anniversary of "Paperback Writer" comes this thousand-pages-give-or-take-a-few, overblown account of the already obsessively chronicled Fab Four. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Not quite at the level of Michael Ruhlman's superb The Making of a Chef (1997), but the current adoration of foodie culture practically guarantees a large, appreciative audience for this warmhearted memoir/travelogue."
An inspiring tale of picking up the pieces…with a spatula. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A curious footnote, considering the author (who has profiled Woodstock I as well as Bob Dylan) appears to be stuck in 1969."
Spitz attempts to cash in on the 25th anniversary of the New York Knicks' first NBA championship in 1969 in a style that combines the worst elements of rock criticism, celebrity tell-all, and all-sports radio. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"An engrossing biography of a woman worthy of iconic status."
Published to coincide with what would have been her 100th birthday, this biography of the iconic Julia Child (1912-2004) does full justice to its complex subject. Read full book review >

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HIGH WATER by Richard Spitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A flawed remembrance, but one dotted with extraordinary anecdotes."
A brief, quirky memoir of a businessman's unusually eventful life. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH, TOO LATE by Marc Spitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"Slight and sugary—but not in the way that makes for a great pop song."
A garage-rock band made up of middle-aged guys suddenly hits the big time in this lightweight comedy. Read full book review >

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BOWIE by Marc Spitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Only time will tell if this is the definitive Bowie bio, but for now it should satisfy hardcore Ziggy freaks and most casual fans."
A breezy, well-lit portrait of the ever-enigmatic rocker. Read full book review >

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HOW SOON IS NEVER? by Marc Spitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Of little ambition, and out-of-tune."
Debut from Spin senior writer Spitz, a story of (surprise) 1980s rock 'n' roll. Read full book review >

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TWEE by Marc Spitz
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2014

"For those who get twee, the book is a soothing, self-justifying enabler; for those who don't, it's an amiable guide for the perplexed."
Salinger to Seuss and beyond: a flattering assessment of Pop Culture's Division of Arrested Development, with some intriguing stops along the way. Read full book review >

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POSEUR by Marc Spitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Many of those who look for their real names here will feel they could have written a better book."
There is lots of name-dropping and post-punk heroin hipster cliché in this memoir by a rock journalist who seems to be a legend in his own mind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD! by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Children often see themselves as the underdog in an adultcentric world; they'll be rooting for the bunnies (all three…no wait, 72 of them). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Buddy is one cranky, hungry monster. Read full book review >

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MY PET BOOK by Bob Staake
by Bob Staake, illustrated by Bob Staake
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"One of Staake's sillier, more ebullient outings—and that's saying something. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this cheer for books and reading, a boy wants a pet—but one that's easy, lacks fleas and won't run away. Read full book review >