Search Results: "Kirk Douglas"


BOOK REVIEW

HUGLESS DOUGLAS by David Melling
by David Melling, illustrated by David Melling, developed by Hachette UK
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2011

"This app won't win any awards for technological innovation, but it offers enough warmth and educational value to justify the price. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A cub searches for a much-needed bear hug. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL DOUGLAS by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A fleeting account of ambition tempered by experience, with special emphasis on reconciling past and present and finding a renewed sense of family."
Celebrity biographer Eliot (Steve McQueen, 2011, etc.) highlights American actor and producer Michael Douglas, considering his life and career through a competitive lens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Person offers an excellent guide to his legacy. (15 b&w photos)"
A concise, lucid tour of the writings and wide-ranging ideas of the American regarded in many quarters as "the founder of the modern conservative movement." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM SPARTACUS! by Kirk Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2012

"An entertaining and informative look at the troubled gestation of a film of both artistic and social significance."
He is Spartacus…and here's how it happened. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN by Kirk Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 1997

"Readers looking for more of the candor of The Ragman's Son will find it, but this is a deeply disappointing book. (50 photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000)"
Having had an eventful decade since his acclaimed The Ragman's Son, it's small wonder that this successful novelist-actor returns to the memoir form. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIFT by Kirk Douglas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"A script that once would have left actor Douglas insulted, injured, crushed, writhing with agonized self-loathing, and cutting off his ear."
This kitschy sequel to 1990's Dance with the Devil—lacking the semiautobiographical psychic overtones of Douglas's first novel—is not from the same part of the soul as was mined by the immensely dedicated artist of Paths of Glory and Lust for Life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON'T WORRY, DOUGLAS! by David Melling
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Simple and sweet, with a winning streak of silly. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When bumbling Douglas wrecks a gift, what can he do? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE VERSUS KIRK by Robert Traver
Released: Oct. 20, 1981

"And for those who don't mind the creakiness here—likable Ludlow's wheezy humor, the chunks of technical exposition, or some truly unreal conversational outbursts from 28-year-old Randy ('How can mere clumsy words ever tell the state of enchantment, of suspended ecstasy and bliss, that came over me when we two were together')—this is a nice old-fashioned read, with special appeal to hypnotism buffs and armchair lawyers."
No, this isn't another Anatomy of a Murder: the psychology and law are a bit too undigested here, the central mystery is a little too easy to guess, and much of the stagy, folksy dialogue is awfully dated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOUGLAS MACARTHUR by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Featuring the use of new archives, a highly regarded historian offers a significant reappraisal."
A freshly critical life of the great American general, whose "spectacular successes were always haunted by his equally spectacular failures." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUGLESS DOUGLAS by David Melling
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Many of Melling's illustrations have rib-tickling touches, and a hilarious appendix shows the rabbit and a small flock of sheep demonstrating more than a dozen different hugs (the shy and unrequited hugs are particularly snort-inducing). (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lovable brown bear needs a hug, but he doesn't know his own strength. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Growing Up Twice by Aaron Kirk Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 28, 2015

"A moving memoir about struggling to form personal relationships in turbulent environments."
A 40-something Oregon man writes about his yearslong experience with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in this debut. Read full book review >