Search Results: "Colin Spencer"


BOOK REVIEW

SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Anne Schraff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"For researchers, however, this is a straightforward—sometimes exciting—story of a remarkable life. (b&w photos, not seen, chronology, notes, further reading, index) (Biography. 11+)"
A chronicle of the life of the soldier, general, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, through his decision in the fall of 1995 not to run for president. Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Carl Senna
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"B&w photos; chronology; source notes; bibliography; index. (Biography. 10-14.)"
The Gulf War showcased the skills and talents of our highest-ranking African-American general. Read full book review >

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VEGETARIANISM by Colin Spencer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A capable blend of dietary, religious, and political history that will please like-minded readers—but perhaps prompt contrarians to cook up a cheeseburger, rare."
Would the world be a better place if humans stopped eating things with faces? Indubitably, asserts English food-writer Spencer in this lively if sometimes debatable treatise. Read full book review >

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COTTONBALL COLIN by Jeanne Willis
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Young children daunted by how dangerous to mice and other small creatures Colin's world turns out to be may be happier with the sibling support in Martin Waddell's Tiny's Big Adventure (2004), illustrated by John Lawrence. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In a tale pointedly addressed to overprotective adults, a mother mouse finally lets her littlest one go. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"B&w and color photos; chronology; index. (Biography. 8-11)"
This unabashedly hero-worshipping biography of the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suffers from the very ``larger-than-life'' portrait it creates. Read full book review >

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PAULA SPENCER by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Profound, subtle and unsentimental—the latest from a master back in top form."
An intimate, humane portrait of a working-class Irish woman's pleasures and struggles in her first year of sobriety. Read full book review >

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COLIN FISCHER by Ashley Edward Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"Entertaining, but confused about its point of view. (Fiction. 11-16)"
The subgenre combining sleuthing with characters who have Asperger syndrome gets a new entry offering humor and interesting historical and scientific connections—but the narrative viewpoint drifts unsettlingly. Read full book review >

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COLIN FARRELL by Jane Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2006

"Plodding prose, factual errors, quotes culled from other interviews and sub-US Weekly photos add up to a pointless and poorly written celebography."
An unapologetically reverent celebrity tell-all without all that much to tell. Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Howard Means
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"The nation's first soldier deserves and eventually will get a better Boswell. (The labored text has photographs—not seen.)"
A barely serviceable briefing on the incumbent chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read full book review >

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HOMOSEXUALITY IN HISTORY by Colin Spencer
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 1996

"However, throughout the book he passes quickly over too much material, overemphasizes British history, and admittedly limits his focus almost exclusively to the sexual practices of men, making this account at once too broad and too narrow. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
A textbookish chronological overview of same-sex sexual practices, from early primates to Homo sapiens. ``Western societies have lately grown more homophobic. . . . Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Selection of b&w publicity photos; bibliography; index. (Biography. 11-13)"
An uncritical portrait of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who once reported, ``Mr. President, the world is at peace.'' Reef traces Powell's career path from mediocre South Bronx student to top soldier, devoting some attention to his private life but, except for noting his opposition to Operation Desert Storm, discussing his abilities and philosophy only in vague, conventional terms. Read full book review >