Search Results: "James Franco"


BOOK REVIEW

FRANCO by Paul Preston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"Careful and thorough, if uninspired, and likely to remain the standard biography in English for some time to come."
A definitive but dull biography of the least known of Europe's 20th-century dictators. Read full book review >

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ACTORS ANONYMOUS by James Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Loosely structured in the extreme, the novel seems to have been written in odd moments while Franco was taking a break from his acting career—and it was probably more fun for him to write than it is for the reader to read."
Actor Franco's experimental first novel (Palo Alto: Stories, 2010) focuses on the field he knows best—acting. Read full book review >

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PALO ALTO by James Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A collection of beautifully written stories that are also uncompromisingly stark and somber."
Bleak tales of growing up in the eponymous city. Read full book review >

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FRANCO AMERICAN DREAMS by Julie Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 1997

"Taylor's debut is rough in spots and trite in others, but her voice is honest and refreshing and her whirlwind, conversational style a breath of fresh air."
A fun, frantic, and energetic first novel that shows genuine promise. Read full book review >

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ITALY FROM I TO Y? by James De Franco
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2013

"Best suited for readers with a vested interest in Italy or Australia, or cultural comparisons in general."
A collection of anecdotes about the author's life in Italy and Australia. Read full book review >

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JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"In an afterword, Jacobs describes his contact with one of Printer's books, an encounter that only makes this novel more vital. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jacobs (Sleepers, Wake, 1991) makes clear the tragedy of an artist inhibited by the circumstances of his birth in this unusual historical novel, set during a brutal English-Indian war in 17th-century Massachusetts. Read full book review >