Search Results: "David Ritz"


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BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"This compact biography should please Jackson's fans even if it doesn't break new ground in exploring the singer's life."
TV and radio host Smiley (My Journey with Maya, 2015, etc.) and his frequent writing collaborator Ritz tell the story of the 16 weeks preceding the death of singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Shaffer's ingratiating hepcat charm saves what could have been just another celebrity's autobiographical ego trip."
Late Night with David Letterman veteran recalls his storybook rise from strip-club pianist to musical director of the "World's Most Dangerous Band." Read full book review >

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IT'S A LONG STORY by Willie Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Amiable but with an edge, and good reading for Nelson's legion of followers."
The beloved outlaw country icon rolls a fat one for his fans and sits down on the porch to spin a few yarns. Read full book review >

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INSIDE POWER by Gary Sheffield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2007

"Unrelentingly self-serving, though it may find a few fans among the peanuts-and-crackerjacks crowd."
A baseball All-Star's memoir that reads like the opening salvo of a PR campaign. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A KING by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An eloquent, emotional journey from darkness to light."
A reverential look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s last agonizing year that does not disguise the flaws of a saint. Read full book review >

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ROCKS by Joe Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Much like Aerosmith's career, this candid memoir will be cheered by fans, but rock critics will likely be underwhelmed."
Founding member and lead guitarist of American rock band Aerosmith details his life and times in this autobiography. Read full book review >

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MY JOURNEY WITH MAYA by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Readers might feel regret for not having the privilege of meeting Angelou personally, but Smiley has faithfully re-created both her voice's 'haunting beauty and lilting musicality' and the experience of receiving her transformative wisdom, humor, and compassion."
Veteran talk show host Smiley (Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year, 2014, etc.) chronicles his relationship with Maya Angelou (1928-2014), his intellectual and spiritual guide.Read full book review >

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AFTER THE DANCE by Jan Gaye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"A fascinating, unsentimental account of a be-careful-what-you-wish-for romance."
The long-suffering wife of Marvin Gaye (1939-1984) tells the story of her turbulent relationship with the legendary soul singer. Read full book review >

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QUEEN PIN by Jemeker Thompson-Hairston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2010

"Too shallow to satisfy as a memoir, but may appeal to believers."
One woman's testimonial of her journey from willful child to drug lord to servant of God. 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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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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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 >