Search Results: "Leigh Montville"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR KISSING GLORIA JEAN by Britt Leigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A nicely balanced, believable and interesting view into adolescence, sex education and the power of faith. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A 14-year-old girl tries to follow her Catholic faith but wants to get her first kiss too. Read full book review >

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REAPER by Kyra Leigh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"An also-ran in the genre; for a far more nuanced, philosophical examination of life and death, readers interested in reaping should consider Neal Shusterman's erudite Scythe (2016) instead. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A white teenage girl discovers she must reap souls after she dies. Read full book review >

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FINDING HOME by Garrett  Leigh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2017

"Surprisingly heartwarming. (Fiction. 12-17)"
The survivors of a violent crime test the limits of their new foster family in this story set in England. Read full book review >

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TRUE GRACE by Wendy Leigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2007

"What lay beneath the compulsions? Leigh never gets beyond the surface of Kelly's need to please a distant, philandering father."
Gossipy biography of Her Serene Highness. Read full book review >

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THE TURNER JOURNALS by Robert Leigh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 1996

"Flatly written, with a preposterous premise."
January, 1990: Nicholas Turner, Brooklyn-based writer of paperback originals, grieves over the sudden death of his 32-year- old wife Gina. Read full book review >