Search Results: "James Kaplan"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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DEAN & ME by Jerry Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Jewish comic scorned—venting, revealing, regretting and maybe even meaning it."
Tell-all memoirs of the tempestuous, sometimes tortured relationship between two personalities cast by fate and a whole bunch of money as comic and straight man. 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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BY FIRE, BY WATER by Mitchell James Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 2010

"Deftly moves through a complex web of personal relationships, religious zeal and political fervor."
Debut novelist Kaplan depicts a turbulent period in 15th-century Spain, focusing on the story of Aragon's royal chancellor. Read full book review >

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COUSIN IRV FROM MARS by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Clever, but the sophisticated humor seems aimed at older readers and adults. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sometimes relatives are so weird that they seem to be from outer space. This one just happens to be from Mars. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Gourmet reading—rich in ideas, global references and amusing and provocative examples, served with great style."
The mother-son co-authors of Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability (2006) turn their considerable authorial skills and wit to human behavior, from our isolated cave-dwelling ancestors to today's globalized, interconnected world. Read full book review >

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE by Arie Kaplan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A sketchy, superficial treatment of a subject worthy of much more. (source notes, bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
This brief overview of the long-running, influential sketch-comedy show is brimming with facts but lacking in substance. Read full book review >

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BROOKLYN BRIDGE by Leslie Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Something was lost in translation."
First published in 1987 in France, Kaplan's drifting, pointillistic attempt to evoke four New Yorkers' existential angst may strike American readers as more comic than elucidating with its quasi-meaningful juxtaposition of ghetto blasters with abrupt, inexplicable sexual battles among white people. Read full book review >