Search Results: "Leigh Montville"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2006

"Energetically written, but lacking in any revelations about this most enigmatic of sporting figureheads."
Vivacious biography of The Bambino that makes a gallant attempt to sort fact from fiction courtesy of some newly unearthed documents. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"Explaining why reporters loved to write about Montague, the author declares, 'Intrigue is a better seller than great golf any day.' Here, he gives readers both."
Critics who think bestselling sports biographer Montville's popularity rests on that of his gargantuan subjects, from Ted Williams to Dale Earnhardt, had better think again: He hits the pin in one with this page-turning account of a long-forgotten golfer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2004

"Despite the tawdry ending, Montville clearly had fun creating a playful buzz of words to raise the ghost of The Splendid Splinter."
Snazzy biography of The Kid that manages to be subtly characterful and thorough at the same time. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"A private man uncomfortable with words, Earnhardt was no biographer's dream, but Montville draws a forceful portrait, letting the evolving atmosphere of NASCAR and Earnhardt's achievements speak for themselves. (Color photographs, not seen)"
Sports Illustrated senior writer Montville (Manute, 1993) puts a lot of twangy energy into this biography of stock-car great Dale Earnhardt, who died this year after hitting the wall on the final turn of the final lap at Daytona. Read full book review >

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STING LIKE A BEE by Leigh Montville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A dramatic, pleasing tale of a sports iconoclast fighting for his rights during tumultuous times."
Fast-paced account of Muhammad Ali's struggle as a conscientious draft objector, a flashpoint for a tumultuous era. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"A biography as sensationalist and superior as the daredevil himself."
Inside the life and entertainment career of America's greatest daredevil, who lived "as if his pants were on fire." Read full book review >

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MANUTE by Leigh Montville
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"Oddly touching and funny: a captivating look at a unique individual. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
With humor, a touch of pathos, and equal amounts of jock-talk and social history, Sports Illustrated senior writer Montville tells how 7'7'' Manute Bol went from cow-tender in the Sudan to multimillionaire shot-blocker for basketball's Philadelphia 76ers. Read full book review >

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VIVIEN LEIGH by Kendra Bean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A worthy tribute to an eternally fascinating star."
Sumptuously illustrated life of one of stage and screen's greatest tragic figures, published in time for the centennial of her birth. Read full book review >

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PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR by Artemis Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A solid biography that should introduce more readers to Leigh Fermor's work."
A fondly admiring account of the English wayfarer captures his enormously infectious spirit. Read full book review >

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FLEUR DE LEIGH IN EXILE by Diane Leslie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A female Holden Caulfield in a hell-away-from-hell. Sometimes funny, relentlessly arch."
Hollywood brat goes to boarding school, in a sequel to Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime (1999). Read full book review >

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PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR by Patrick Leigh Fermor
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Recounting triumph and tragedy, these letters help round out a portrait of a writer who had long ago reconciled himself to a minor role in literary history—but who deserves a wide readership all the same."
A collection of correspondence to friends and family over more than half a century, recounting the noted British traveler and writer's adventures over a long life. Read full book review >

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LEIGH ANN’S CIVIL WAR by Ann Rinaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A mess. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Veteran Rinaldi spins a tale that combines low melodrama, cringeworthy faux-Indian mysticism, a back story only the author could possibly understand, a saccharine depiction of slavery, two pregnancies of convenience and only a passing regard for historical accuracy for a nearly 300-page slog that seems to have enjoyed zero editorial intervention. Read full book review >