Search Results: "Frank Deford"


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THE ENTITLED by Frank Deford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"A decent book enhanced by Deford's great, conversational writing style."
Sportswriter and NPR commentator Deford (The Old Ball Game, 2005, etc.) tells a sweet tale about a baseball-team manager, his moody superstar and their moral dilemma. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER ADONIS by Frank Deford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The usually witty and insightful Deford falls short with this unsavory and lackadaisical outing peopled by hollow characters relating a far-out story."
A sketchy thriller by sports journalist/novelist Deford (Love and Infamy, 1993, etc.) in which a psychiatrist starts to believe that one of her patients is in love with a woman he knew in a previous life. Read full book review >

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AN AMERICAN SUMMER by Frank Deford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A story with an astute sense of the mores and tensions of a place. Unfortunately, the only really interesting characters are the bit players, seldom seen."
Upper-crust Baltimore in 1955 is the dynamic setting of Deford's seventh (after The Other Adonis, 2001, etc.): an otherwise treacly coming-of-ager about a new boy in town who's befriended by a wealthy neighbor in an iron lung. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Mathewson and McGraw may be the star attractions, but it's Deford's reach of baseball knowledge, its color and historical circumstance—all the minutiae that pile up into a grand and recognizable edifice—that sets this one apart."
One of our more melodious sportswriters details the importance of Mathewson and McGraw in raising baseball to the status of a national pastime. Read full book review >

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OVER TIME by Frank Deford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"A throwback jersey of a book."
The prolific sports commentator returns with an episodic, anecdotal memoir. Read full book review >

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BLISS, REMEMBERED by Frank Deford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 2010

"An uneven but entertaining historical love story."
Sportswriter and novelist Deford (The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball, 2008, etc.) returns to fiction with a love story set at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and stateside during World War II. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND INFAMY by Frank Deford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 1993

"There's no wretched translato-speak; the coincidences that are the convention of the genre don't distract; and the scenery fascinates."
Patriotism, Christianity, love, and lust complicate the lives of some very likable young people in Japan in the last years before Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 1993 by Frank Deford
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Good work, boys; but next time, let's have more women, more unknowns, more sports, and less sleaze."
Culled from almost 400 periodicals by series editor Stout and guest editor Deford (former editor of The National Sports Daily whose new novel, Love and Infamy, is reviewed above): a championship cup of essays on sports and sports figures on and off the field. Read full book review >

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PALACE BEAUTIFUL by Sarah deFord Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"The journal entries, which are the heart of the story, override the distractions. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Sadie and Zuzu's family moves from Texas to their grandmother's house in Salt Lake City, they explore an attic cubby (marked "Palace Beautiful") and discover a diary written by a young girl who lived in the house during the flu epidemic of 1918. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A visually splendid birthday jaunt is a bit dampened by its text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy's amusement-park birthday becomes a die-cut celebration for all. Read full book review >

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YOUNG CHARLOTTE, FILMMAKER by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Similar in tone and feel to Young Frank, Architect (2013), this companion acts as both promotion for the MoMA and an encouragement to budding artists to think outside the box and pursue their dreams. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Tiny, bespectacled Charlotte is a young filmmaker who has discovered the joy of black-and-white cinematography. Read full book review >