Search Results: "James Curtis"


BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"While it can get bogged down in the minutiae of camera angles, set details, and the tedium of production, this is an illuminating, long-overdue book about the man who taught the world how to make a good film."
Curtis (Spencer Tracy, 2011, etc.) details just about every aspect of director and film production designer William Cameron Menzies (1896-1957).Read full book review >

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JAMES WHALE by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"While this is not an in-depth, psychologically rich biography, and Curtis's writing tends to be wooden, as an account of Whale's work, it is first-rate. (60 b&w photos)"
A well-crafted, detailed biography of the director of such classics as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and the 1936 version of Showboat. Read full book review >

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LAST MAN STANDING by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A sympathetic, evenhanded biography of a man notorious for his savage wit."
Biography of the acerbic, irreverent comedian who inspired a new generation of performers. Read full book review >

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SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREEDOM SHIP by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Readers will be better served by some of the works from the bibliography. (Picture book. 5-9)"
On May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls and his crew of enslaved men took over the Confederate ship Planter and delivered it to the Union side, complete with cannons and ammunition. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Intended for all ages, the youngest readers will need the guidance of adults in understanding the work as a complete entity. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
In 1965, schools in Drew, Miss. remained strictly segregated in spite of the 11-year-old Supreme Court decision declaring segregation unconstitutional. Read full book review >

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MAN SQUARE by Curtis Hibbler
Released: July 25, 2014

"A no-frills primer aimed squarely at a socially conservative Christian readership."
A concise guide for women who want to understand their men. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN WIFE by Curtis Sittenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"This fictional first lady is a wimp and her husband a lightweight. So what's new?"
An elementary-school librarian marries the least promising son of an old-moneyed, intensely competitive Republican family and sticks by him as he rises from hard-drinking fool to unpopular U.S. President in this roman à clef from Sittenfeld (The Man of My Dreams, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 26, 1995

"Gathje's unobtrusive writing is consciously set just a notch or two above the tabloid style, making it read like a mystery and a saucy tour guide of preWW II New York. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Using lurid accounts and photos of the day, Gathje's strong debut brings to garish life a crime that captured New York City's attention in 1937. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"While it's refreshing to read a book about a popular musician written by someone with real credentials as a historian, Curtis sadly lacks enough knowledge about music to carry off her task."
Not really a biography, but an episodic social history centering on the life of ragtime composer Scott Joplin. Read full book review >

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PREP by Curtis Sittenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2005

"Teenaged years served up without sugar: a class act."
A witty, involving boarding-school drama from Seventeen magazine award-winner Sittenfeld. Read full book review >