Search Results: "Elvis Presley"


BOOK REVIEW

ELVIS PRESLEY by Wilborn Hampton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2007

"Young people who want to know who the King was will find out, and their parents and grandparents will rediscover their sorrow that 'Elvis has left the building.' (source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-14)"
A deeply engaging biography, written by someone who clearly loved Elvis and wants to share his story with a new generation. Read full book review >

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ELVIS PRESLEY by Bobbie Ann Mason
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Although the complexities of Elvis's character and his place in American culture can't be entirely explicated with such brevity, Mason grasps the essentials with perception and passion."
A noted fiction writer (Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail, 2001, etc.) applies a bracing working-class sensibility and a native understanding of Elvis Presley's southern roots to the familiar tale of his meteoric career. Read full book review >

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ELVIS PRESLEY’S LOVE ME TENDER by Elvis Presley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Includes a CD of Elvis singing, bringing his tender ballad to yet another generation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Who would have thought that the King's classic song could have made such a lovely read-aloud for children? Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"An affectionate but shapeless character sketch, lacking both the revelatory punch of exposÇ and the insight and interest of a developed novel."
Charters (Louisiana Black, 1986; Jelly Roll Morton's Last Night at the Jungle Inn, 1983, etc.) creates an imaginary phone conversation between a young, newly famous Elvis and his adored mother, after the notorious appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in which Elvis got his convention-shaking pelvis chopped off. ``Now, Momma, you got to understand I didn't have no idea what all those camera people were doing when the show went out over the air.'' So begins a lulling nightlong conversation between the boy who would be King and his insomniac, famously overattached mama Gladys. Read full book review >

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ELVIS by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"Despite some missteps, adult Elvis fans will be thrilled to share this book with children. (author's note, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Brief poems present the childhood and youth of the King of rock 'n' roll. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Marred by many errors and doggedly intent on turning Elvis into a traumatized pop-psych poster boy, Whitmer's version of the life makes for unpleasant reading. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A depressing pathography positing that every instant of Elvis's life was warped by the stillbirth of his twin brother, Jesse, and the consequent morbidly close relationship between Elvis and his mother, Gladys. Read full book review >

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ELVIS by John Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

``Dead or alive, the magic of Elvis lives on'' claims the original dust jacket of this British import, emblazoning the words above a close-up of the King—a deliciously ironic sentiment given that here, as in his earlier books, Parker (Prince Philip, 1991, etc.) does his best, none too successfully, to stir up mud. Read full book review >

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ELVIS by June Juanico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 1997

"Elvis is undoubtedly a must-read for die-hard devotees of the King, but it doesn't rival previous portraits of the man in depth or originality. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Juanico, the King's purported first love, offers a portrait of the young Presley that is intriguing, even touching, yet finally unbelievable. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"A respectful, personal assessment of Presley's character, even though it adds little new to the body of Elvis knowledge."
A fond remembrance of the King of Rock 'n' Roll from a longtime member of his entourage, assisted by entertainment journalist Crisafulli (co-author: Me and a Guy Named Elvis, 2006, etc.) Read full book review >

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BEING ELVIS by Ray Connolly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Connolly carefully and sympathetically paints the many faces of Presley, faces eventually shrouded in despair."
A veteran London-based journalist rehearses the rise and fall of Elvis Presley (1935-1977). Read full book review >

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ELVIS & OLIVE by Stephanie Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Watson has penned a satisfying friendship story with drama and humor in fine balance. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Unconventional Annie, Natalie's new neighbor, is quite different from Natalie's polite private-school friends and her untidy house a contrast to Natalie's ordered one. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A jolly, sparkling trip through Elvis country. (photos, not seen) (For another look at Elvis impersonators, see Leslie Rubinkowski, Impersonating Elvis, p. 858.)"
A rollicking piece of gonzo journalism by a novelist whose first book, Stark Raving Elvis (1984), was a fictional take on the same subject. Read full book review >