Search Results: "James Kaplan"


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FRANK by James Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Ring-a-ding-ding!"
For better and worse, this ambitiously epic biography of Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) reads like a movie biopic. Read full book review >

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SINATRA by James Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"An appropriately big book for an oversized artistic presence."
The meatiness of the material justifies the length of the author's second (and concluding) volume of his biography of Frank Sinatra (1915-1998). Read full book review >

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TWO GUYS FROM VERONA by James Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Nervy, packed with stinging riffs on consumer rituals and passions: fiction that dares to hold a mirror up to our laughable, worrisome souls."
A pair of old high-school chums—one yuppie-rich, the other a slightly schizo slacker living at home with Mom—change places in this witty, unexpectedly moving take on our (shallow, consumerist, frantic) times. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 1994

"While the absorbing text includes statistical assurances as to air travel's relative safety, its behind-the-scenes reportage on JFK is not calculated to instill much confidence in either frequent or occasional fliers."
Just when you thought it was safe to fly away on a summer holiday, along comes this almost indecently gleeful reminder that the sky, even more than the sea, can be terribly unforgiving of mistakes. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"And it's as a mirror—a very Jamesian one, with its center of consciousness and unobtrusive narrator—that this fine and readable biography functions. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Subtle, complex, elusive Henry James—a writer who saw life as a history of changing perceptions and changing masks—demands all the formidable scholarly skills and narrative art that Kaplan demonstrated in his biographies of two other monumental 19th- century figures, Charles Dickens (1988) and Thomas Carlyle (1983). 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 >

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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 >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Too bad his biographer can't claim the same. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Novick, who previously dissected the life of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Read full book review >