Search Results: "Carl Reiner"


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ALL KINDS OF LOVE by Carl Reiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Silly, uptight comedy with a dated Sixties feel."
The sexual philanderings of a well-to-do California family provide a subject for film director Reiner's farcical second novel (belatedly following Enter Laughing, 1958): a heavy-handed comedy whose stereotypical characters and predictable turns would probably have played better on the screen. Read full book review >

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NNNNN by Carl Reiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"A slim bit of dialogue-heavy, lightweight fare that strains believability but gets a surprising amount of mileage out of its absurd premise and characters."
A writer struggles with a unique case of multiple-personality disorder in this farce, the first novel in over a decade from veteran screenwriter, director and actor Reiner (All Kinds of Love, 1993). Read full book review >

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MY ANECDOTAL LIFE by Carl Reiner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2003

"Something sweet, with a little spice and a lot of schmaltz: maybe not haute cuisine, but served warm it's a good recipe for palatable recollections."
Venerable actor, stand-up, second banana, producer, director, and author (How Paul Robeson Saved My Life, 1999, etc.) presents additional autobiography—now, he assures us, with more fact than ever before. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"They must be looking at reruns of Reiner's glorious straight man to Sid Caesar on the old Your Show of Shows, since nothing here invites even the barest smile."
Reiner (Continue Laughing, 1995) continues cheerful in this collection of two dozen stories, most of them fictional although the title tale and some others seemingly are taken from life. Read full book review >

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CONTINUE LAUGHING by Carl Reiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"Little more than a string of amusing anecdotes, Reiner's nostalgic coming-of-ager is smoothly entertaining reading."
Renowned comedy writer/director Reiner delivers a light, charming, semi-autobiographical novel about a young comedian finding his way during WW II. Read full book review >

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FRITZ REINER by Philip Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"This substantial study makes the reader hungry for the same treatment of Reiner's contemporaries: How about Eugene Ormandy, Charles Munch, Paul Paray, or Thomas Schippers, Mr. Hart? (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A worthy addition to the small shelf of famous-maestro biographies relying on thoughtful scholarship rather than hype. Read full book review >

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CARL SANDBURG by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"However, despite credits for Sandburg's writings and many grateful acknowledgments, there is no indication of the written sources used for the primary text. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A clever organization and nostalgic ink-and-watercolor illustrations cannot save this picture-book biography of one of the 20th century's great men of letters. Read full book review >

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TELL ME A SCARY STORY...BUT NOT TOO SCARY! by Carl Reiner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The illustrations are successful, so choose their audience carefully; the words are too forced to make a shivery tale to be relished. (CD included) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Despite its subtitle, this may indeed be too scary for some of its intended audience, though some children just love to be frightened. Read full book review >

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CARL SAGAN by William Poundstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1999

"A readable and comprehensive life of a fascinating subject."
Carl Sagan was without question the most famous scientist since Einstein. Read full book review >

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