Search Results: "Kenny Rogers"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT by Kenny Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"'The audience expects to be entertained 100 percent for their ticket dollar,' Rogers writes. This doesn't really hit that 100 percent mark, but it's a light and pleasant read all the same."
Unassuming memoir by one-time chartbuster Rogers, he of "The Gambler" fame. Read full book review >

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WILL ROGERS by Frank Keating
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"As it stands, without the necessary contextualizing detail to flesh out this most human man, most readers previously unfamiliar with the subject will find themselves no more familiar with him at closing. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
An attractive, heartfelt, but ultimately obscure picture-book tribute to the great American humorist and commentator. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"If even a smidgen of the truth of Rogers's goodness comes through, Dadey's and Goto's efforts have not been in vain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-8027-8682-0 Will Rogers's legend may have faded a bit over time, so Dadey toils to bring him back into the young public's eye, mixing—just as she did in Shooting Star (1997)—real episodes with wildly preposterous events to amplify his persona. Read full book review >

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WHAT ARE THE CHANCES by Kenny Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A caper novel for fans of country music legend Rogers."
The country star extends his brand by collaborating on a book that shows how to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. Read full book review >

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ROGERS HORNSBY by Charles C. Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: July 27, 1995

"Alexander conveys an impressive wealth of facts, though his narrative seldom jumps off the page; nor does he satisfactorily explain how the game changed during Hornsby's career. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A thorough yet static portrait of one of the most accomplished players of baseball's ``golden age.'' ``I have never been a yes man,'' declared Rogers Hornsby in a 1950 interview, and this statement sums up his character. Read full book review >

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WILL ROGERS by Mary Malone
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"No account of Rogers's life could be entirely lacking in color, of course, but anecdotes can't carry this glorified encyclopedia article. (b&w photos, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11+)"
A feeble biography in the People to Know series that reads more like an impossibly expanded curriculum vitae than like a Life. Read full book review >

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WILL ROGERS by Ben Yagoda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

"So immediate you can scratch a match on his boot sole. (Photographs)"
Clear as a Walker Evans photo: a biography of folk-humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935), who, like Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart, grew into his mask, becoming the image of wry, genial common sense until his death. Read full book review >

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KENNY & THE DRAGON by Tony DiTerlizzi
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"A readable, if denatured, rendition of a faded classic. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Reports of children requesting rewrites of The Reluctant Dragon are rare at best, but this new version may be pleasing to young or adult readers less attuned to the pleasures of literary period pieces. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF MARY ROGERS by Rick Geary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Distinguished by a keen sense of period detail and sharp pacing: Geary serves his subject with dignity and grace."
The author/illustrator of Jack the Ripper (1995) continues to focus on Victorian crime in this latest historical comic, part of a series on 19th-century murder, based on a true-life story so compelling it inspired a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JOLLEY-ROGERS AND THE GHOSTLY GALLEON by Jonny Duddle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A pleaser for young swashbucklers. (glossary) (Fantasy. 8-10)"
It's living pirates vs. the other sort when ghost buccaneers repeatedly ransack the town of Dull-on-Sea. Read full book review >

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HIDE AND SEEK HARRY AT THE PLAYGROUND by Kenny Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"A brightly lit 'find it' game that focuses more on laughs than skill. (Board book. 2-3)"
Harry the hippo plays hide-and-seek. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A reminder that the past is unknowable and that history is whatever historians say it is."
A 19th-century unsolved murder is probed in an analysis that makes a good run at being both solidly academic and convincingly mysterious but comes up wanting on both counts. Read full book review >