Search Results: "Jonathan Reiner"


BOOK REVIEW

HEART by Dick Cheney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Gives meaning to the phrase 'a heartbeat away,' especially when applied to an official who could possibly ascend to the highest office in the land."
The former vice president shares a detailed history of his heart attacks, alternating sections with the doctor who has supervised the surgeries to keep him alive despite multiple near-death experiences. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1996

"A three-ring circus filled with one-trick ponies."
Psychotherapist and children's author Reiner comes to dinner at the grownups' table, and brings along with her a repertoire of tall tales and shaggy-dog stories that might play well in the nursery but seem a trifle recherchÇ for the guests downstairs. Read full book review >

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ALL KINDS OF LOVE by Carl Reiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Silly, uptight comedy with a dated Sixties feel."
The sexual philanderings of a well-to-do California family provide a subject for film director Reiner's farcical second novel (belatedly following Enter Laughing, 1958): a heavy-handed comedy whose stereotypical characters and predictable turns would probably have played better on the screen. Read full book review >

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KAFKA by Reiner Stach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"A judicious, balanced assessment that makes palpable both Kafka's personal weirdness and his artistic mastery."
An astute analysis, by the German editor of Kafka's collected works, of the remarkable half-decade in which the Prague-based modernist wrote his best-known stories. Read full book review >

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MY ANECDOTAL LIFE by Carl Reiner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2003

"Something sweet, with a little spice and a lot of schmaltz: maybe not haute cuisine, but served warm it's a good recipe for palatable recollections."
Venerable actor, stand-up, second banana, producer, director, and author (How Paul Robeson Saved My Life, 1999, etc.) presents additional autobiography—now, he assures us, with more fact than ever before. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONTINUE LAUGHING by Carl Reiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"Little more than a string of amusing anecdotes, Reiner's nostalgic coming-of-ager is smoothly entertaining reading."
Renowned comedy writer/director Reiner delivers a light, charming, semi-autobiographical novel about a young comedian finding his way during WW II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"They must be looking at reruns of Reiner's glorious straight man to Sid Caesar on the old Your Show of Shows, since nothing here invites even the barest smile."
Reiner (Continue Laughing, 1995) continues cheerful in this collection of two dozen stories, most of them fictional although the title tale and some others seemingly are taken from life. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN DEE
by Rachel Sugar

Jonathan Dee’s latest, an exquisitely nuanced drama of simmering small-town politics, is so prescient—so uncannily current—it’s a source of concern. “I worry a little bit the novel is close enough to current events that people are going to read it a little too much as if it were a key to current events,” Dee says.

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BOOK REVIEW

TELL ME A SCARY STORY...BUT NOT TOO SCARY! by Carl Reiner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The illustrations are successful, so choose their audience carefully; the words are too forced to make a shivery tale to be relished. (CD included) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Despite its subtitle, this may indeed be too scary for some of its intended audience, though some children just love to be frightened. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NNNNN by Carl Reiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"A slim bit of dialogue-heavy, lightweight fare that strains believability but gets a surprising amount of mileage out of its absurd premise and characters."
A writer struggles with a unique case of multiple-personality disorder in this farce, the first novel in over a decade from veteran screenwriter, director and actor Reiner (All Kinds of Love, 1993). Read full book review >