Search Results: "David Ritz"


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WHEN I LEFT HOME by Buddy Guy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2012

"Tasty as a Buddy Guy guitar lick, but seldom revelatory."
One of the last survivors of Chicago blues' golden age of the 1950s and '60s, Guy retravels a familiar route in this ingratiating but disappointingly slim as-told-to autobiography. 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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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2010

"A worthy memoir for a truly unique individual."
With the assistance of Ritz (co-author: Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir, 2009, etc.), Bean chronicles the story of his life as a minister and as the singer of the 1977 gay-liberation-themed disco hit, "I Was Born This Way." 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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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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GUILLAUME by Robert Guillaume
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Not a great read, then, but fans may be interested."
The life of the actor, best known for his starring role in the long-running sitcom Benson. 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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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Alternately inspiring and anodyne."
PBS host Smiley (Hard Left, 1996) tells his rags-to-riches—or, more precisely, trailer-park-to-television-station—story. Read full book review >

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A WOMAN LIKE ME by Bettye LaVette
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Listen to the records and give this self-serving, embittered book a wide berth."
Unrepentant, unpleasant memoir by the well-traveled R&B vocalist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Like a ballpark frank, it might be a little overdone, and some bits might be tough to swallow, but you can't help but enjoy it."
The pitcher who served up Bobby Thomson's 1951 pennant-winning homerun, the legendary "Shot Heard ‘Round the World," spins yarns from a bygone era when baseball was still king. Read full book review >