Search Results: "Henry Beard"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"Fewer readers will put down Beard's parody—inventive, sophomoric, and finally toothless—unfinished than Bill Clinton's monumentally self-serving biography, but despite a fair quotient of giggles, they're likely to be just as disappointed."
A waggish, hit-or-miss parody that attempts to do for the current administration what The Da Vinci Code did for the Catholic Church. Read full book review >

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ENCYCLOPEDIA PARANOIACA by Henry Beard
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Amusing in short spurts—an entertaining way to pass the time in between worrying about the real issues in your life."
From National Lampoon co-conspirators Beard (Golf: An Unofficial and Unauthorized History of the World's Most Preposterous Sport, 2012, etc.) and Cerf (co-author: Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq: The Experts Speak, 2008, etc.), a whimsical collection of the sometimes-scary, sometimes-silly things that threaten our modern-day lives. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"More a parade of menu items than a life, this one is bland reading for all but the most serious students of the Master. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Thirteen years (195264) of letters from James Beard, with just enough interspersed replies from West Coast culinary colleague Helen Evans Brown to reveal that more of her voice would have improved this volume. Read full book review >

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CROCODILE'S TEARS by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Ecological storytelling at its finest. (author's note, glossary of endangered animals with colored photos) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rhino and Tickbird's query about why Crocodile cries tears leads them from one animal to another, triggering troubling and provocative questions about Africa's endangered habitats and its vanishing wildlife. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE GARDEN by Philip Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2006

"Some pretty good golf tips from Sal, but that's about it to hold your attention."
Beard (Dear Zoe, 2005) very faintly echoes Updike at Updike's weakest in a golf novel about a suburban Pittsburgh lawyer. Read full book review >

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CONFRONTING THE CLASSICS by Mary Beard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A top-notch introduction to some fairly arcane material, accessible but not patronizing."
This collection by Beard (Classics/Cambridge Univ.; The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found, 2008, etc.) provides a traditional classical education, and there's no need to learn a dead language. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"A lively history of one man's indelible imprint on American news."
The peripatetic life of a newspaper mogul. Read full book review >

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DEAR ZOE by Philip Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Earnest and sensitive—to a fault."
In an epistolary first novel about the process of grieving, a 15-year-old girl writes letters to the younger sister whose death she feels responsible for. Read full book review >

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THE JUNGLE GRAPEVINE by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"One wonders, too, about the choice of 'Jungle' for the title, since the setting, depicted in charming endpaper maps, appears to be a savanna. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Imbuing a game of "Telephone" with elements of Chicken Little's hysteria, Beard focuses on the animals dwelling around a watering hole in a fictive African landscape. Read full book review >

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QUIT OR DIE TRYING by Alison Beard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Smart and strikingly veracious."
A relentless, cautionary chronicle of smoking dependency. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 1996

"Still, an appealing human portrait emerges of one of the nation's most eminent governors."
A hagiographic authorized bio of New Jersey's governor, by her personal friend. Read full book review >

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X20 by Richard Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1997

"Very witty but utterly endless, like The Magic Mountain by S.J. Perelman."
Debut British novel about smoking (or not) that's a long nicotine fit gasping for a more smooth-flavored, high-tar story. Read full book review >