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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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Released: March 29, 1989

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

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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 >

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OUT AFTER DARK by Hugh Leonard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"Powerful, funny, and moving: an effortless series of incidents full of droll wisdom."
Strong, original, wrenching account of growing up out of wedlock in a small Irish town, by memoirist (Home Before Night, 1980) and playwright (Da) Leonard. Read full book review >

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TIME’S FOOL by Leonard Tourney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"The Bard comes off poorly in this faddish incarnation. He fails to use either his imagination or even rudimentary logic to uncover obvious clues, demonstrates no sense of humor (where did those comedies come from?), and is all too similar to his own creation, the mopey, indecisive Hamlet."
Or, "The Dark Lady's Revenge," as characters from William Shakespeare's past revisit him at the peak of his career as England's leading dramatist. Read full book review >