Search Results: "J. Randy Taraborrelli"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

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GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

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ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >

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Released: April 20, 1999

"Although Powell occasionally indulges in overt psychologizing, he allows readers to see for themselves what drives a set of engaging, often surprising characters. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager confronts a stomach-churning change in living arrangements in this thought-provoking tale from Powell (Dean Duffy, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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"This book is more of a monochromatic mural than a multicolored tapestry, but it still captures the effects of social change on rural communities."
Turk travels the back roads of 36 states in search of "the living story of rural America." Read full book review >