Search Results: "Kirk Douglas"


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 >

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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

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ELI, NO! by Katie Kirk
by Katie Kirk, illustrated by Katie Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Adult readers might want to suggest his family be in touch with the BadDog Trainers whose card appears on the opening spread; children will simply enjoy the havoc. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Geometric shapes, matte colors and few words tell the story of a beloved but not entirely trained pup. Read full book review >

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CAT POWER! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Covering the dreaded litter box, balls-of-string adventures, the scratching post and the dead-bird gift, there are purrs aplenty here for cat lovers. (CD) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Either a companion or counterpoint to Dogs Rule! (2003), these 18 poems celebrate the lovable quirks, reproach the annoying traits and acknowledge the different personalities of all kinds of cats. Read full book review >

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BUS STOP, BUS GO! by Daniel Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2001

A hamster stages a cage-break on a school bus in this simple yet enjoyable piece of poetry, where the verse rolls along like the wheels on the bus, imparting a sweet momentum to the story. Read full book review >

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HUMPTY DUMPTY by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"The cut-out photos of faces and other details tucked into Kirk's (Moondogs, 1999, etc.) tidy, smooth-surfaced paintings will prompt double takes from viewers, and some chuckles, but the trite plot and long, monotonously rhymed text will get a polite reception at best. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this happy-ending remake of the nursery rhyme, a boy king gets over his shyness by doing himself what all his horses and men couldn't. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELF REALM by Daniel Kirk
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Unpleasant. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A grim fantasy doorstopper uncomfortably juxtaposes gory adventure with New Age sermonettes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRASH TRUCKS! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 1997

"Big, bold images make the book an irresistible read; children will thrill to this raucous look at hungry garbage trucks. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The trash trucks are coming—monstrous trucks with gnashing grillwork and rattling metal jaws. Read full book review >

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REX TABBY: CAT DETECTIVE by Daniel Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Chet Gecko's still top egg in the hardboiled department, but life's going to be no bowl of cream for crooks with Rex—and sidekicks Si Meese and Frankie Fluff—on the case. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In his debut caper, feline police detective Rex Tabby sets out to collar two bad-to-the-bone kittens intent on springing tough-talking Ma Manx from the Whiskerville lockup. Read full book review >