Search Results: "Buzz Bissinger"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2005

"Even so, La Russa turns up results, as readers will discover—and, of course, he took the Cards to the World Series in 2004. A real treat for scholarly baseball fans, and a better management book than most on the business shelves."
Is baseball a game? Not by this first-rate account of a battle of titans, in which a pampered star player insists that he's a "performer" and the manager-hero employs the strategic skills of a warlord. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"In the real world, life goes on, and this is definitely a story about the real world. (16 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Bissinger (Friday Night Lights, 1990), a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, merges the stories of a frenetic mayor and a dying city in a tour de force that paints a rich picture of a depressing reality. Read full book review >

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SHOOTING STARS by LeBron James
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A simple but moving story about the double-edged sword of precocious athletic talent and the redemptive power of teamwork."
NBA superstar James and Vanity Fair contributor and acclaimed sportswriter Bissinger (Three Nights in August, 2005, etc.) profile James's championship high-school basketball team. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2012

"An intriguing memoir that suffers from confusing narrative lapses, such as contradictory accounts of Zach's work history."
The author of Friday Night Lights (1990) chronicles a cross-country road trip he shared with his 24-year-old brain-damaged son Zach. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE by Caitlyn  Jenner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"Painting a life both shallow and deep, painstakingly choreographed and unscripted, Jenner's candid portrait of a self in the remaking is a marvel to behold."
A rugged tale of brute beauty and pyrrhic individualism. Read full book review >

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MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION by Buzz Aldrin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2009

"An admirable account of an icon of the golden age of space flight."
The troubled but ultimately redeemed life of the second man to walk on the Moon. Read full book review >

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LOOK TO THE STARS by Buzz Aldrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2009

"More inspirational than informational, this may please aspiring space explorers but has the potential to leave many listeners in the dark. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
There's no doubt about Aldrin's passion for his subject nor his very specialized firsthand knowledge. Read full book review >

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REACHING FOR THE MOON by Buzz Aldrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

"Pair this with Don Brown's One Giant Step for a child's-eye view on space exploration. (Flight/space exploration chronology) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
In first-person voice, Aldrin highlights points from his childhood that led to his dream of being an astronaut and making the historic moon landing. Read full book review >

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NO DREAM IS TOO HIGH by Buzz Aldrin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A retread of old material repackaged as an inspirational guidebook. Though aiming to inspire readers of all ages, this will likely appeal to an older readership and devoted fans of Aldrin."
The astronaut recounts life lessons learned from his historic Apollo 11 moonwalk in 1969 and beyond. Read full book review >

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ENCOUNTER WITH TIBER by Buzz Aldrin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 17, 1996

"Still, Aldrin brings an unmistakable hands-on realism to the details of space exploration, and Barnes lends his expertise to the overall structure and packaging. (Author tour)"
Alien-contact/ancient-astronaut ``infotainment'' from Aldrin, the second man on the moon (Men from Earth, 1989, etc.) and leading novelist Barnes (Mother of Storms, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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MISSION TO MARS by Buzz Aldrin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"You may say that he's a dreamer; celebrate him as a visionary, or dismiss this as futurist fantasy."
The moonwalking astronaut offers a passionate but not always persuasive manifesto encompassing space tourism and the inevitability of inhabiting Mars within a couple of decades. Read full book review >

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EMILY THE STRANGE by Rob Reger
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2009

A young Goth is stricken with amnesia and must puzzle out the secrets of her existence in this contrived, multi-format tale. Read full book review >