Search Results: "David Hajdu"


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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LOVE FOR SALE by David Hajdu
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A highly learned pleasure for music and pop-culture buffs."
Strolling through the archives of pop music history with an experienced guide. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"A gift for readers who enjoy erudition seasoned with élan."
Hajdu (Journalism/Columbia Univ.; The Ten Cent-Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, 2008) returns with a graceful collection of essays, most previously published, on a variety of topics—jazz mostly, but also Elmer Fudd, Elvis and others. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2008

"An ugly and hysterical episode in American history, vividly rendered by a dogged student of the era."
What happened when Americans discovered what their children were reading between luridly colored covers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A strong and vivid portrait of some remarkable characters—and one that manages against the odds to get to the people behind the egos."
Overweening ambition drives this insightful story of the 1950s folk music revival that anticipates the arrival of the 1960s counterculture. Read full book review >

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LUSH LIFE by David Hajdu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"A good idea done right."
Hajdu (an editor at Entertainment Weekly) has found a perfect subject in Strayhorn, a little-studied figure central to jazz history, the composer of such famous Ellington-band pieces as ``Chelsea Bridge,'' ``Lush Life,'' and ``Take the A Train.'' ``Strays'' (also known as ``Swee' Pea''), born in 1915, grew up working-class in Pittsburgh and had high-society aspirations from the start: He wrote an entire Gershwin-like musical revue a year out of high school, full of sophisticated recitative and advanced harmony. 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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DAVID BOWIE by Dylan Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A dishy but overstuffed and overly praiseful portrait."
A sweeping, gossipy biography of the chameleonic pop star in the form of an oral history, with input from dozens of collaborators, lovers, and admirers. Read full book review >

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Psyaint David by Wayne  Lanter
Released: May 22, 2016

"An unusual and artistically ambitious—but convoluted—account of a New York City gripped by fear."
A thriller chronicles a metropolis' descent into moral chaos. Read full book review >

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DAVID ROBINSON by Glen Macnow
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"This guy's no sorry role model. (Biography. 9-15)"
A well-paced sport-celebrity profile of David Robinson, superstar center for basketball's San Antonio Spurs. Read full book review >

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LOVE, DAVID by Dianne Case
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From South Africa, a moving evocation of the life of the ``colored'' under apartheid, based on the childhood of the author's mother. Read full book review >