Search Results: "J. Randy Taraborrelli"


BOOK REVIEW

BECOMING BEYONCÉ by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"One appreciates the effort taken to set the record straight on matters like the creation of Destiny's Child and the Beyoncé brand, and it's admirable that Taraborrelli would make such an effort to give so many people in Beyoncé's life credit. Unfortunately, meticulous research and interviews with peripheral players don't offer much that isn't already known about the superstar who is a shadowy figure."
A thorough effort from celebrity biographer Taraborrelli (The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty, 2014, etc.) that's long on legwork and short on new insight. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"The aura of Camelot lives on in a book for Kennedy completists and those who enjoy tales of the rich and powerful."
The prolific celebrity biographer returns to Camelot, this time to examine some of the women involved in the glamorous proceedings. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by J. Randy Taraborrelli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2006

"Overly worshipful, but you'd have to be quite jaded to be bored by this chronicle of a miniseries life."
Veteran diva-disher Taraborrelli, who has written about Cher, Madonna and Princess Grace, turns his pen on the silver screen starlet of the century. Read full book review >

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THE HILTONS by J. Randy Taraborrelli
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2014

"More than fluff, Taraborrelli has written the definitive biography of a family whose glory days may have passed but which simply refuses to recede into the background."
A best-selling celebrity biographer chronicles the epic saga of a family as well known for its business empire as for its role as tabloid fodder. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2012

"A big, juicy read for Kennedy fans."
Taraborrelli (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, 2009, etc.) continues the Kennedy family saga begun in Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot (2000). Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE by J. Randy Taraborrelli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"A painful and engrossing account of the profoundly damaged personality at the heart of the world's greatest sex symbol."
The miraculous but short and tragic life of Norma Jeane Mortenson (1926-1962). Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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RANDY THE DAYDREAMING DOG by Jan Graveline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"A perfect choice for those who value weak potty humor, a hollow story and uninspiring animation and interaction. Others would do well to set their alarms before this dream takes shape. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
After his master leaves for work, a dog passes the time by daydreaming. Read full book review >

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JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

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J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >

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RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A cunning twist on the heroic home run that wins the game. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Randy's first and only home run saves his town from disaster. Read full book review >

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OSCAR J by Sherlene Adolphe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A compassionate guide that can help parents and kids with tough questions."
A debut book steers young readers and their families through experiences of loss. Read full book review >