Search Results: "Charles Gaines"


BOOK REVIEW

SURVIVAL GAMES by Charles Gaines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

An initially crisp and involving literary thriller, this first novel in 15 years by the author of, among others, Stay Hungry (not reviewed) and Dangler (1980) unfortunately devolves into a high- pitched and pretentious macho bloodbath. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 1994

"Neither sappy nor self-indulgent, and as compelling as Tracy Kidder's House: a beautifully written memoir sure to win Gaines a new following. (First printing of 25,000)"
A world-weary, middle-aged novelist (Dangler, 1980, etc.) and sportswriter retreats to the wilds of Nova Scotia to build a house and rebuild his family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1994

"But even after undergoing therapy, Gaines still hasn't finished blaming others for things she did to herself. (Author tour)"
An autobiographical portrait of a black woman who worked her way up from convicted felon to award-winning reporter for the Washington Post. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Original, gossipy and flat-out fun—will either have you booking the next flight or scare you off the place altogether."
What happens in Miami Beach stays in Miami Beach—or at least until Gaines showed up. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1998

"With the dropping of names from Wyandanch to Spielberg, Book Hampton should have trouble keeping it in stock."
Gaines has written a page-turner, and the Hamptons have a historian and folklorist who fits them like a glove. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 14, 1990

Humboldt, a late 18th-century Prussian scientist, was revered by his contemporaries as "the man who knew everything." Read full book review >

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SIMPLY HALSTON by Steven Gaines
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"In all: a sad story of talent gone astray and a fascinating, disturbing portrait of the imaginative decadence of the disco era."
A riveting tale of sex, drugs, and the pillbox hat as Gaines (Heroes and Villains, 1986) details the rise and fall of a talented designer turned disco denizen. Read full book review >

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ONE OF THESE THINGS FIRST by Steven Gaines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A spirited narrative of a hard-won coming-of-age."
The story of the author's experiences of transformation in a famed mental hospital. Read full book review >

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THE TRAGEDY OF BRADY SIMS  by Ernest J. Gaines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Gaines competently reveals his central character's motivations, but that might not be enough to make readers care about the man's fate."
A young reporter on assignment learns the history of a town's black community. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2003

"An important, vindicatory contribution to music history, restoring Morton to the high station he deserves in American jazz. (16 pp. photos, not seen)"
Aided by a trove of uncovered historical documents, two veteran Chicago Tribune journalists sweep aside demeaning caricatures regarding the great jazz composer and pianist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"In all: part solid business reporting, part gratuitous heavy breathing. (First printing of 100,000)"
This unauthorized biography is part riveting empire-building chronicle, part tiresome litany of sexcapades. Read full book review >