Search Results: "Dennis McDougal"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1991

"For the most part, McDougal, writing in appropriately matter-of-fact prose, juggles his mass of material well; but the huge cast and shifting points of view do confuse at times, and brief biographies of the lawyers and judges involved would have helped to anchor the narrative."
An account of Randy Kraft, a serial killer responsible for perhaps 67 murders of young men between 1971 and 1983, with mini- biographies of many of his victims, by investigative reporter McDougal (The Los Angeles Times). Read full book review >

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DYLAN by Dennis McDougal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Richly detailed, though the author places Dylan on a higher shelf in the cultural library than history may permit."
The biographer of Lew Wasserman, Jack Nicholson and Otis Chandler returns with a sometimes-scholarly, sometimes-snarky life of the songwriting and singing legend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1994

"Often awkwardly written and frustratingly incomplete. (8 pages of photos, not seen)"
An unsatisfying examination of the internal destruction of the family of Roy Miller, personal counsel to Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 15, 1992

"You'll never eat net profits in these contracts again. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
Boff Hollywood trial epic in which Art Buchwald, his screenwriter/producer partner Alan Bernheim, and legal whiz Pierce O'Donnell battle Paramount Pictures over Buchwald's part in the script of Eddie Murphy's dizzyingly successful Coming to America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SANDY DENNIS by Sandy Dennis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 1997

"Despite the editor's best efforts to weld these disparate fragments together, they never really cohere into anything more than a series of precious, pointillist moments. (23 b&w photos, not seen)"
Sometimes there are pressing reasons to publish a work posthumously. Read full book review >

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I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER by Illeana Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The author's warm portraits and disarming honesty infuse the memoir with an endearing sweetness and charm."
Actress, producer, and director Douglas celebrates her love of movies in a cheerful debut memoir. Read full book review >

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HAPPY BURPDAY, MAGGIE McDOUGAL! by Valiska Gregory
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Springboard'' book that's a good read-aloud or read-alone, with a humorous style that's right on target for second and third graders, cheerful b&w illustrations, and the implied message that problems aren't solved by wishing them away. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Maggie needs to get a birthday present for her best friend Bonkers, but she's broke. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Resurrected from the newspaper morgue, these pieces tend to lose whatever punch they may have initially had."
Journalist Steinbach is a Pulitzer Prize winner, but the award was given for feature articles written for the Baltimore Sun, not for this motley assortment of reflections on ``the small events that make up a life.'' In the footsteps of other essayists and columnists—Erma Bombeck and Steinbach's hero E.B. White among them—Steinbach digs for the universal in the personal, and from time to time, she strikes pay dirt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Lives and Death of Alexander McDougal by Lon K. Montag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"A thriller that melds Mickey Spillane with Mr. Chips, with predictably chaotic results."
A young man reluctantly takes over his father's mission against the embodiment of chaos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOUG-DENNIS AND THE FLYAWAY FIB by Darren Farrell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"A promising first book; here's hoping his second is just as funny. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sheep Doug-Dennis and elephant Ben-Bobby are great friends, the type of buddies who go to the circus when bored. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 10, 1998

"More 'Work' than 'Life,' Gilbert's book will provide much enlightenment for Potter devotees, but the definitive biography of this gifted artist is still to be written. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A thoughtful study of the work of Dennis Potter, arguably the finest writer ever to come out of television. Read full book review >