Search Results: "John Leonard"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 1999

"These essays on literature and pop culture, though entertaining in themselves, do not add up to much of a book."
Manic essays on contemporary books, television, and cultural phenomena from a veteran critic for New York magazine and elsewhere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

READING FOR MY LIFE by John Leonard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 19, 2012

"Glistening evidence that a great critic needs both a bookworm's habits and a capacious heart."
A selection of reviews and essays from the celebrated literary critic, followed by a sort of festschrift with contributors ranging from family members to noted authors (Toni Morrison, Mary Gordon and others). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 28, 2002

"Timely, irresistible cultural criticism from one of the best literary journalists in—and also outside—the business."
Extended quotation will be the tactic favored by most reviewers of this stimulating essay collection sparkling with Leonard's trademark breezy style and flair for phrasemaking (Smoke and Mirrors, 1997; When the Kissing Had to Stop, 1999). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 1997

"But even Leonard's rousing, acerbic style can't pardon his excesses: 40-plus pages on police shows, much of it recapitulation of plots and characters, 30 pages on shows about AIDS—he just keeps going, and going, and going."
A sometimes stirring but numbingly overargued and long-winded defense of television. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"The author's thorough, affectionate knowledge of both the original book and the historical period grounds this fantasy in rich detail."
In his playful first novel, playwright Pielmeier (best known for Agnes of God, 1979) allows Peter Pan's Captain Hook a chance to tell the story from his point of view. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A COYOTE’S IN THE HOUSE by Elmore Leonard
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Good fun. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The author of Get Shorty turns to children's books with a character study of three very different types. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 4, 1990

This biography of the volatile basketball coach profits from the author's sense of fairness and objectivity but, lacking Thompson's cooperation and input—and that of friends, associates, and players—fails to get to the man behind the great teams and bitter controversies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 29, 1989

Cullings from the "Missing Links" column that paleontologist Khrishtalka writes for a bimonthly Carnegie Institution magazine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GLASS MOUNTAIN by Leonard Wolf
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 17, 1993

"Wolf's ease with the genre (which allows us to savor his crisp reenactment of stock fairy-tale scenes) falls short of an ability to integrate its ancient symbols with the angst of his alienated royals."
The Polish fairy tale ``The Glass Mountain'' appeared in Lang's The Yellow Fairy Book (1894) and more recently was given a mordant urban twist by Donald Barthelme in a short 1970 piece (same title). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WILD PEOPLE by Hugh Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Delightfully witty, funny, and true-to-life: Leonard's debut novel should travel better than Guinness."
A rollicking yarn, in the best J.P. Donleavy tradition, about an Irish scribbler on the make, told with wit and style by playwright Leonard (Out After Dark, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >