Search Results: "David Ritz"


BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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RESPECT by David Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An honest and genuinely respectful portrait of a true diva by a writer who feels the power of her art."
A biography of the "Queen of Soul" by the co-author of her memoir, From These Roots (1999). Read full book review >

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FAITH IN TIME by David  Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"An invaluable life narrative of a key jazz stylist that raises disturbing questions about the shabby treatment accorded Scott's musical generation."
The moving, startling tale of a near-forgotten jazz master's return from oblivion. Read full book review >

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BLUE NOTES UNDER A GREEN FELT HAT by David  Ritz
Released: May 23, 1989

Once again, as in his The Man Who Moved The Dodgers Back to Brooklyn (1981), Ritz takes on a heavily sentimentalized, nostalgic trip—this one back to the bustling 1940's. Read full book review >

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PUTTING ON THE RITZ by Joe Keenan
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An ebullient, overplotted tour of New York's brutish high life that's zany, arch, and gay in every sense of the word."
In a knockabout sequel to Blue Heaven (1988), songwriter Philip Cavanaugh agrees to write a set of tunes for untalented would-be songbird Elsa Champion—as a cover for spying on her boorish super- rich husband Peter. Read full book review >

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TAKE IT OFF, TAKE IT ALL OFF! by David  Ritz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"Ritz (Family Blood, 1992, etc.) stuffs this poorly paced saga with so many overripe period markers that it reads like a commercial for 1945."
Nobody's interested when apprentice stripper Teresa Johnson gets stabbed and mutilated in her West Side apartment a month after V-E Day. Read full book review >

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PASSION FLOWERS by David  Ritz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Sappy, soapy, and forgettable."
Ritz (a biography of Marvin Gaye, Divided Soul, 1985) follows one spicy show-biz melodrama (Family Blood, 1991) with another: this time in the tale of three generations of black female performers pounding on closed doors in Hollywood and New York. Read full book review >

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SANCTIFIED BLUES by Mable John
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2006

"Over the top, but many readers will go wild for this gospel-spouting, life-affirming story."
From beginning to end, the Lord is the most significant character in this determined, lively novel, a spiritually confident first collaboration between music author Ritz (Howling at the Moon, 2003, etc.) and R&B-singer-turned-minister John. Read full book review >

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ANGELS DINING AT THE RITZ by John E. Gardner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"Bear with the plotting flaws, and you'll see that Gardner, in his 49th novel, can still make you turn those pages."
Gardner, sometime Boswell to Ian Fleming's 007, benches moribund Bond and sends in a much livelier alternate: DS Suzie Mountford. Read full book review >

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DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

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DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES by Lang Lang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2008

"A true rags-to-riches story told with fervor and variety."
The 25-year-old Chinese piano prodigy chronicles his coming of age. Read full book review >