Search Results: "Jerry Stahl"


BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY MUTANT BABY PILLS by Jerry Stahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Bukowski spawned the School of Dirty Realism. Consider this Dirty Surrealism, social satire as aberrant hipster irony."
Stahl's (Pain Killers, 2009, etc.) eighth novel trips through the travails of Lloyd, copywriter and heroin junkie. Read full book review >

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PERMANENT MIDNIGHT by Jerry Stahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Like a horrible accident, the memoir morbidly compels attention, but Stahl's self-excoriating wisecracks often trivialize the true ghastliness of his experience, reducing it to exploitation-flick flatness. (First serial to Esquire)"
The itinerary of a hack writer's nightmarish journey through junkie hell. Read full book review >

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PAIN KILLERS by Jerry Stahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

"Stahl fires off great, if rude, one-liners while raising disturbing questions. But he lets the inmates hijack the narrative until the tiresome ranting on all sides upstages the case."
Manic private eye Manny Rupert (Plainclothes Naked, 2001) darts across a fetid landscape after the infamous Dr. Mengele, who may be alive and well in San Quentin. Read full book review >

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PERV--A LOVE STORY by Jerry Stahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"While there's a tenderness amid the chaos, it's most often found in Bobby's descriptions of the troubles of others—which cascade down these pages in increasingly freakish colors."
Readers familiar with Stahl's Permanent Midnight (1995) will not be surprised to find his doped-out hero reaching epiphanies during an extended, drug-addled rape sequence that constitutes his "coming of age" in 1970. Read full book review >

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I, FATTY by Jerry Stahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2004

"As show business 'reporting' grows more sensational and less reliable, Stahl again turns to fiction, creating an illuminating story about actors, studios, and audiences."
Poignant story based on the life of silent screen star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Read full book review >

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PLAINCLOTHES NAKED by Jerry Stahl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Nonstop fun for the lads. Rubber gloves for the rest."
Our nation's leader, photographed in an amusing but non-presidential pose, is the much-sought-after object of a search by the raunchiest cast imaginable in this pleasantly demented police procedural for the Tarantino set by the author of Perv (1999).Read full book review >

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JERRY ENGELS by Thomas Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Brings to mind the youthful, love-aching heroes of Fitzgerald and Bellow, among others."
Rogers's long-time-coming follow-up to At the Shores (1980) pursues the ever-puerile, faintly touching adventures of die-hard romantic Jerry Engels, now a junior at Penn State in the fall of 1951. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Lakers diehards and hoops historians should give it a shot, but others may pass."
In-depth biography of one of the NBA's greatest players and executives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG JERRY FORD by Hendrik Booraem V
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"A revealing portrait of the formative years of a future president of the United States. (Biography. 10-14)"
A vivid, colorful and insightful biography of the 38th president of the United States looks at his childhood and adolescence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JERRY LEE LEWIS by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"From a skilled storyteller comes this entertaining, sympathetic story of a life flaring with fire, shuddering with shakin'."
An iconic rocker receives a warm, admiring biography from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL, ME, AND JERRY LEE by Linda Gail Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 1998

"Living in her brother's shadow for an entire lifetime, Lewis has also chronicled her own story—without enough accompanying insights. (12 b&w photos, not seen)"
The seemingly unedited, colloquial catalogue of Jerry Lee Lewis's sister Linda Gail's snapshot memories. Read full book review >