Search Results: "Marlene Dietrich"


BOOK REVIEW

MARLENE DIETRICH by Steven Bach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"A great pearl."
Gigantic chef-d'oeuvre: a 600-page life that puts Dietrich before us as no book has ever done and whose writing sets a new standard for celebrity biographies. Read full book review >

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MARLENE DIETRICH by Maria Riva
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 1993

"No Mommie Dearest—though reviewers may point their fingers—but grand stuff. (Photographs—217—not seen.)"
It seemed unlikely that Steven Bach's masterful Marlene Dietrich (1992) could be bettered, but for sheer intimacy and readability (though not scholarship), Dietrich's daughter has done it here. Read full book review >

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MARLENE DIETRICH LIVED HERE by Eleanor Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2004

"A heavy dose of schadenfreude: This very slick black comedy traces the gnarled roots of a family tree with an equal measure of affection and disgust."
In a kind of literary Hall of Mirrors set in post-communist Berlin, second-novelist Bailey (Idioglossia, not reviewed) portrays two brothers who have come together reluctantly and without enthusiasm to make peace after a near-lifetime of deception and jealousy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 1993

"Baxt's predictable mix—a parade of well-researched bygone celebs and resurrected gossip; scads of nasty, banal chitchat, laced with painful puns—but this time with a plot that's livelier and more imaginative than the author's norm: his fans will love it."
Yet another of Baxt's fictional takes on the glamour queens of film history (The Greta Garbo Murder Case, etc.). Read full book review >

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MARLENE by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2011

"A poetic and indelible portrait of the great star."
Prolific biographer Chandler (I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, a Personal Biography, 2010, etc.) delivers an evocative portrait of film icon Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), perhaps cinema's ultimate manifestation of the mysterious, dangerous, unknowable woman. Read full book review >

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MARLENE by C.W. Gortner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"An ambitious but occasionally overbroad account of the life of the German-American star whose life spanned continents, wars, and nearly an entire century."
International movie star Marlene Dietrich relates her eventful story in a first-person fictional account. Read full book review >

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MISSING MARLENE by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"Marshall's refreshing debut has all the trappings of a cozy, right down to the detecting cat, but gets a PG-13 for sexual situations, language, pornography, and bimbos."
A deep chasm seems to run through little Shady Hills, New Jersey. Read full book review >

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MARLENE, MARLENE, QUEEN OF MEAN by Jane Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"With its heart on its sleeve, this offering falls short of other, better picture books that come out swinging against bullying. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A heartfelt, albeit heavy-handed, treatise against bullying is delivered in plodding rhyming verse. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2011

"A solid, page-turning throwback to the golden age of detective novels."
In his debut novel, Mears introduces Pinkerton detective Michael Temple, a man sent to Berlin in 1934 with one goal: bring back American film star Sara Potter. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A compelling examination of a simple song's enormous psychological and political power."
The story of World War II's accidental megahit, a song surpassingly popular with troops of all stripes. Read full book review >

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DIETRICH & RIEFENSTAHL by Karin Wieland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"A sweeping, revelatory dual biography."
Two icons and their turbulent times. Read full book review >

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FOR YOU, LILI MARLENE by Robert Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Donne notwithstanding, the youthful Peters emerges as a narrow, self-absorbed island in the sea of destruction and human misery that engulfed the Continent before the guns fell silent. (13 b&w photos, not seen)"
Vapid reminiscences of rear-echelon service with the US Army during WW II. Read full book review >