Search Results: "Jim Steinmeyer"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"In Steinmeyer's capable hands, Robinson becomes a walking, talking illusion and a reminder: never trust appearances when in the presence of a magician."
For a magician, William Robinson was a surprisingly indelicate man, detailed in this suitably beguiling portrait from Steinmeyer (Hiding the Elephant, 2003). Read full book review >

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WHO WAS DRACULA? by Jim Steinmeyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2013

"The author does a solid job analyzing the birth and development of Dracula and illustrating the character traits Stoker cherry-picked from his wide circle of friends."
Steinmeyer (The Last Greatest Magician in the World, 2011, etc.) reveals the variety of influences on Stoker's most (some would say only) memorable work of fiction. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2011

"A low-key but thoroughly fascinating biography."
Entertaining rescue of a forgotten show-business legend. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2008

"An uncritical but colorful picture of a offbeat character who convinced many that he was a genius."
Stage-magic historian Steinmeyer (Art and Artifice: And Other Essays of Illusion, 2006, etc.) examines the quirky life of Charles Fort (1874-1932). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Steinmeyer never tenders a deflating moment, even after the tricks are turned inside out. A buoyant articulation of the brilliance and brains behind the best artists' ingenious feats. (Illustrations)"
A good-natured, respectful, and modestly revelatory excursion through a century of the magic arts from one of the innovators of the game. Read full book review >

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Released: April 26, 2012

"A ride alongside a master flier with a cool head and sly sense of humor who, even facing death, refused to be grounded by circumstance."
Facing a terminal illness, an aviator reflects on his time above and below the clouds. Read full book review >

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JIM CURIOUS by Matthias Picard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Required prop notwithstanding, a thoroughly immersive outing. (Picture book/novelty. 6-9)"
Two pairs of 3-D glasses included with the book add plenty of depth to an explorer's undersea adventures in this wordless import. Read full book review >

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JIM DANDY by Irvin Faust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1994

"You're better off renting a wreck than trying to jump-start this lemon."
Faust (Newsreel, 1980, etc.) returns to the novel after a 14- year hiatus in this impenetrable tale comprised of shards of dialogue and a fragmented plot. Read full book review >

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JIM-DANDY by Hadley Irwin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Beautifully wrought; the compelling simplicity and subtly rendered emotion invite comparison with Sarah, Plain and Tall. (Fiction. 10+)"
In their first historical novel since I Be Somebody (1984), a well-regarded pseudonymous team constructs a taut tale of the spirited horse that Custer actually purchased for his wife and the fictional Kansas farm boy who raised him. Read full book review >

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JIM HENSON by Brian Jay Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A solid biography that can be enjoyed by readers of more than one generation."
Biographer Jones (Washington Irving: An American Original, 2007) relies on strict chronology to tell the life of Muppets creator Jim Henson (1936-1990). Read full book review >

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JIM THORPE by Joseph Bruchac
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2006

"Not just a sports-hero tale, this delves into such important issues as the line between amateur and professional sports, the effect of big-time money on sports, racism and the relationship of Native Americans to a dominant society. (Fiction. 10+)"
Jim Thorpe was a modern American Indian hero. Read full book review >

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TINKER JIM by Paul Coltman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A mixed effort with some delightful strengths. (Picture book. 5+)"
The gifted father-daughter team that created Tog the Ribber or Granny's Tale (1985, ALA Notable) and Witch Week (1989) takes on a stock British character. Read full book review >