Search Results: "James A. Michener"


BOOK REVIEW

A MICHENER MISCELLANY, 1950-1970 by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1973

"Actually these are 'compositions' — 'Why I Collect Art'; 'My First Article' — and although they have received good marks at Pleasantville, we say D-."
To stomach James Michener you've got to have a brain made of cast-iron kitsch. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1981

"Mostly canned constructiveness and blatant boosterism—but with the pictures here and on TV, it won't displease the multitudes who, understandably, want no truck with talk of 'malaise."
The American Dream is alive and well in Michener's USA—witness the "new optimism" in New England, the prevalence of "racial cooperation" in the Old South, the one-generation ascent of Mexican-Americans in the Southwest. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 1989

"Lutton to commemorate the expedition—this is a mere day-trip through Michener's heavy-handed prose and easy travel, no doubt a best-seller."
Cut from the manuscript of Alaska, written in the same flat, fact-filled style, this chapter from the Klondike Gold Rush recounts a disastrous English expedition doggedly intent on reaching the gold fields without straying from Empire soil. Read full book review >

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ALASKA by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1988

"Whatever its flaws, it's Michener, and the 750,000 first printing leaves no doubt about anything but the cast of the mini-series."
Class convenes with plate tectonics and, before the final bell is rung, Michener doles out nearly 900 pages of Alaskan history in candy-coated, bite-sized vignettes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPORTS IN AMERICA by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: June 29, 1976

"The sedentary prose misses the grace, drive, and glamour of athletic meets but Michener, earnest and reform-minded, is sincerely sorry that the honest competition of times past has become a money-grubbing jungle."
Michener's encyclopedic overview of today's sports scene is prompted by his gratitude for the lifelong enjoyment he's derived from competitive games and by the pained recognition that sports have changed—for the worse. Read full book review >

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QUALITY OF LIFE by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1970

"Whatever happened, in fact, to editors who had the courage to say 'no' even to best-selling authors?"
Mr. Michener is modest about his ability to turn out this kind of book, which is a series of reflections on "where we are and where we are likely to go" as we approach the American bicentennial. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1961

"This is a new approach- after the event- to the kind of thinking we used as citizens."
How many people are interested now in a meticulous rehash of the late presidential campaign as reported at the county level? Read full book review >

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Released: June 15, 1958

"This is a nice book to pore over at leisure."
In 1814, when the great Japanese artist Hokusai ("The Old Man Mad About Drawing" as he called himself) was fifty-four, there appeared the first volume of his miscellaneous sketches and drawings called Manga. Read full book review >

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RASCALS IN PARADISE by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1956

"Here is a book for very special tastes, but —combining as it does, research and scholarship (A. Grove Day was a professor at the University of Hawaii) with a gift for spinning a yarn and depicting character (Michener, journalist and novelist, needs no introduction)- those tastes will have a far reach."
Ten adventurers whose stage was the Pacific, and who played their parts over four hundred years (1595 to 1953) have been chosen by the authors as examples of men (and one woman) whose choice for a way of escape lay in the Pacific. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 7, 1954

"With the world's finest collections housed in Boston, Chicago and New York, this should stimulate interest."
This bids fair to be an exciting gift book for a highly specialized market- and an important addition to the art reference shelves of large public libraries. Read full book review >

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PILGRIMAGE by James A. Michener
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"The brief (128-page), happy-talk text has 39 photographs of notables and lesser lights, which include shots of baseball great Start Musial playing the clown in the Colosseum and elsewhere."
A pretentious trifle from a writer whose fiction, whatever its artistic deficiencies, can at least usually be described as substantial. Read full book review >