Search Results: "Marc Spitz"


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TWEE by Marc Spitz
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2014

"For those who get twee, the book is a soothing, self-justifying enabler; for those who don't, it's an amiable guide for the perplexed."
Salinger to Seuss and beyond: a flattering assessment of Pop Culture's Division of Arrested Development, with some intriguing stops along the way. Read full book review >

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HOW SOON IS NEVER? by Marc Spitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Of little ambition, and out-of-tune."
Debut from Spin senior writer Spitz, a story of (surprise) 1980s rock 'n' roll. Read full book review >

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POSEUR by Marc Spitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Many of those who look for their real names here will feel they could have written a better book."
There is lots of name-dropping and post-punk heroin hipster cliché in this memoir by a rock journalist who seems to be a legend in his own mind. Read full book review >

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BOWIE by Marc Spitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Only time will tell if this is the definitive Bowie bio, but for now it should satisfy hardcore Ziggy freaks and most casual fans."
A breezy, well-lit portrait of the ever-enigmatic rocker. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH, TOO LATE by Marc Spitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"Slight and sugary—but not in the way that makes for a great pop song."
A garage-rock band made up of middle-aged guys suddenly hits the big time in this lightweight comedy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A curious footnote, considering the author (who has profiled Woodstock I as well as Bob Dylan) appears to be stuck in 1969."
Spitz attempts to cash in on the 25th anniversary of the New York Knicks' first NBA championship in 1969 in a style that combines the worst elements of rock criticism, celebrity tell-all, and all-sports radio. Read full book review >

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THE BEATLES by Bob Spitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"For completists, a necessity. Others will want to consult Hunter Davies's The Beatles, which, though 38 years old and problematic in itself, is a pleasure to read."
In time for the 40th anniversary of "Paperback Writer" comes this thousand-pages-give-or-take-a-few, overblown account of the already obsessively chronicled Fab Four. Read full book review >

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HIGH WATER by Richard Spitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A flawed remembrance, but one dotted with extraordinary anecdotes."
A brief, quirky memoir of a businessman's unusually eventful life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"An engrossing biography of a woman worthy of iconic status."
Published to coincide with what would have been her 100th birthday, this biography of the iconic Julia Child (1912-2004) does full justice to its complex subject. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Not quite at the level of Michael Ruhlman's superb The Making of a Chef (1997), but the current adoration of foodie culture practically guarantees a large, appreciative audience for this warmhearted memoir/travelogue."
An inspiring tale of picking up the pieces…with a spatula. Read full book review >

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THE SQUISHINESS OF THINGS by Marc Kompaneyets
ADVENTURE
Released: June 28, 2005

"Decorated with pictorial borders and elaborate, shadowy illustrations in a variety of Renaissance styles, this droll debut will appeal to readers, young or otherwise, who fancy themselves sophisticates. (Picture book. 11-13)"
Strongly influenced by Gulliver's Travels and Candide, and really written for the same audience, this visual and literary confection lampoons catalogers and other such know-it-alls. Read full book review >

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THE WAITING PLACE by Marc Sutherland
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A jubilant debut, half-mad and wholly invigorating. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Outrageous adventures take place at the foot of the bed when a bout of insomnia allows a child's imagination to take flight. Read full book review >