Search Results: "Joel Spector"


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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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"The strength of this lengthy, overtly didactic story is that it gives teachers and surviving parents a working vocabulary to use with grieving children and will help when they need to be nudged to talk. (Fiction/bibliotherapy. 9 & up)"
Emily and Ben, with the help of their father, work through their grief after their mother dies from cancer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SATURNALIA by Joel Spector
Released: April 10, 1990

"A fine achievement."
Fleischman, 1989 Newbery poetry winner, returns with historical fiction about masters and servants in 17th-century Boston. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

"IF I CAN DREAM": Elvis' Own Story by Larry Geller
Released: March 29, 1989

Heady fare for Elvis fans: life with the King as recalled by his hairdresser/spiritual advisor, including verbatim transcripts of Elvis-Geller conversations that Elvis allegedly planned as the basis for his own stillborn autobiography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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FICTION & LITERATURE

"A solid effort, despite moments of implausibility."
A passable imagining of the eighth-century Byzantium, where intransigent Muslims lurked at the outer gates, and sinister doings within the walls kept things interesting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RICH AND THE DEAD by Liv Spector
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"With more drama than ratiocination, this is a breezy, light detective novel."
Given the chance to go back in time to catch a murderer, would you risk it? Even knowing that you couldn't save the victims? Read full book review >

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THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE WICKED by Liv Spector
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A fun, nubile, seductive Agatha Christie-meets-The Love Boat, promising twists and turns for everyone."
Given the chance to clear her sister's name, time-traveling detective Lila Day returns to the scene of the crime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Lively lessons about business ethics and practices that Fortune 500 companies, the author suggests, would be wise to follow."
There's no business like small business in this study of the retail sector. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2016

"A lightweight but engaging look back at days of long lunches and seemingly infinite expense accounts."
A retired adman shares tales of hawking everything from Tareyton cigarettes to the AT&T Yellow Pages in this debut memoir. Read full book review >