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

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

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

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

Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A sympathetic portrait of a talented, diligent man who laid a foundation for others, but lacked the imagination to build a memorable monument. (29 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This well-researched biography of a forgotten scientist also suggests a revealing view of 19th-century American science. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW by Leonard Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"A grisly but well-oiled page turner, marred by an over-the-top ending."
The plucky mother of a kidnapped child and a jaded ex-cop join forces to snare a sadistic child killer, in this latest by true- crime writer (Esther, 1994) and historical novelist (Star of Empire, 1992) Sanders. Read full book review >