Search Results: "Joel Engel"


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L.A. '56 by Joel Engel
NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2012

"Disturbing social history in the form of a fast-paced thriller."
True-crime story of rape and racism in postwar Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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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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NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2005

"Manufactured suspense, along with pages of invented and hackneyed dialogue, vitiates this account of the varieties of heroism."
An African-American military officer tells his story—or, rather, his two stories. 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 >

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AND THEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE by Richard Engel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 19, 2016

"An intriguing journalistic memoir built around a lucid, alarming overview of where the Middle East has been and where it is heading."
A deft personal account of a career spent reporting from the Middle East, witnessing the evaporation of peace and stability. Read full book review >

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CIRCLE SONG by Diana Engel
Released: March 1, 1999

A brief, rhythmic text combines lullaby with concept book. Read full book review >

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DESTINY by Donna Engel
Released: Jan. 15, 2014

"A historically inaccurate tale about an interracial 1960s romance."
A black law student wins $5 million in a lottery in the 1960s. Read full book review >

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MEMORY BOOK by Howard Engel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"The past 20 years have seen plenty of detectives with disabilities. Engel, one of the few writers to share the same challenges as his sleuth, has produced one of the most unusual and affecting mysteries ever."
Engel, whose stroke five years ago left him unable to read, foists the same condition on his imperishable Ontario private eye. Read full book review >

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THE COOPERMAN VARIATIONS by Howard Engel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2002

"Deliciously wicked twitting of the TV industry and a droll homage to Laura produce a comic standout."
Using Vera Caspary's classic of mistaken-murder-victim-identity Laura as a springboard, Engel involves Benny Cooperman, the most feckless sleuth in Grantham, Ontario (Dead and Buried, 2001, etc.), in his wittiest case ever: the gal of his college dreams, Vanessa Moss (née Stella Seco), hires him to protect her from whoever's shot Renata Sartori instead of her and now wants to correct that little mistake. Read full book review >