Search Results: "Joel Butler"


BOOK REVIEW

BILLY JOEL by Mark Bego
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2007

"Plenty of factoids and musical insight about our Piano Man, but at the end of this catty biography, Billy Joel is still The Stranger."
The book that millions of fans have pined for…sort of. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2005

"A tidy synthesis, but not so insightful that it can succeed without the horse's mouth. (30 b&w photos)"
Though top-heavy on the business side, this look at pop idol Billy Joel pulls together many aspects of his life, even if they fail to cohere fully. Read full book review >

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THE BUTLER by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"Poignant and powerful."
A distinguished Washington Post journalist's account of the black White House butler who bore witness to eight presidential administrations. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Despite the seemingly esoteric topic, the authors skillfully enliven daily life in the distant past, whether detailing amphoras or wine gods—a worthy complement to literature on agriculture in antiquity."
History of biblical viticulture, from Genesis through the New Testament, and the role wine played in the "evolution of humanity from nomadism to a settled society." Read full book review >

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EVEN THE BUTLER WAS POOR by Ron Goulart
Released: Dec. 7, 1990

A short, fast, breezy, comic caper in which H.J. (Helen Jeanne) Mavity arrives at the mall to be paid back $5000 by her former boyfriend, Rick Dell, and instead receives a dying message from his almost lifeless lips: "Ninety nine clop clop." Read full book review >

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The President's Butler by Laurence Leamer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A fictional dramatization of America's current presidential race, skillfully rendered."
A butler recounts his service to an egomaniacal businessman who runs for president. Read full book review >

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OCTAVIA E. BUTLER by Gerry Canavan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Scholarship for science-fiction scholars."
A deep reading of the work of the late science-fiction master. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2013

"A butler's fictionalized account of the unhappiness in a Hamptons household and the true heart of the mansion—the staff."
In Williams' novel, a butler recounts the jealousy, drama and poisoning in the home of his Hamptons employer. Read full book review >

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KILL THE BUTLER! by Michael Kenyon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 1993

"He should apply for a patent."
When rich old Lou Langley is killed in a suspicious accident on his Long Island estate, Chief Rosko of the Dunehampton police, eager to prove he's doing everything he can, gets the bright idea of planting an English detective in the household as a butler—and the job naturally falls to Henry Peckover, the poet of Scotland Yard (Peckover Holds the Baby, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"As in the first effort, the situations don't always live up to their full potential for hilarity but will, at times, leave readers amused. (Farce. 9-13)"
Introduced in Leaving the Bellweathers (2009), the comically dysfunctional family is back for another outing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2016

"Though a balanced, objective study of the case would be useful and illuminating, Grumet does provide a readable look at the nitty-gritty of New York's political machine."
Post-mortem of an unusual Supreme Court case regarding the separation of church and state. Read full book review >