Search Results: "Matty Simmons"


BOOK REVIEW

MATTY by Ray Robinson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A salutary but dull story, in these days of I-me-mine players, about a time of golden boys and Golden Years."
Robinson—who's established himself as the literary equivalent of a .270 hitter with a string of solid but unmemorable baseball books (Iron Horse, 1990, etc.)—maintains his average with this bio of pitching great Christy Mathewson (1880-1925). ``Big Six,'' the sportswriters called him, for reasons lost in time—perhaps the only mysterious thing about Mathewson. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 29, 1994

"Simmons does not rise to the numerous occasions for satire and sick jokes, though the Lampoon's history is as warped and blackly comic as any of its creations."
Matty Simmons, the ousted chairman and founding father-figure of National Lampoon, has the corner office in his personal history of its first two twisted decades of reinventing American humor. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2012

"The title and cover promise the sort of hilarious irreverence that the book rarely delivers."
Animal House fans will find some anecdotes of interest, but there is barely enough here for a comprehensive magazine article on the making of the classic movie. Read full book review >

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MATTY GROVES by Deborah Grabien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Penny and Ringan may be the most appealing couple of modern mystery, and Grabien again provides terrific historical tidbits."
Historical ghosts threaten to disrupt a prestigious arts festival. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 1996

"We breathe the exhalations of the trees, and as Lembke testifies, they fuel a hundred more poetic concerns. (line drawings, not seen)"
Arboreal musings—learned, canny, homespun, graceful—from one of our better natural history writers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 1993

"Unless you're one of Simmons's clients, it's hard to imagine reading straight through all 40 cases; but just as crowds apparently turn out to greet the famous shape-changer on his visits, you can count on followers seeking inspiration from these upbeat reports."
The word from experts is that lost weight rarely stays off, but TV fitness-guru and bestselling diet-book author Simmons (Richard Simmons' Better Body Book, 1983, etc.) never gives up on those desperate souls who write to him in despair, then successfully shed pounds in his program—or so he says. Read full book review >

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THE VOYAGE OF LUCY P. SIMMONS by Barbara Mariconda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Adventurous possibilities await in a necessary second installment. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
Magic helps an orphaned heiress fight a rapacious uncle out to steal the family fortune. Read full book review >

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SUPER HAPPY MAGIC FOREST by Matty Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"For Where's Waldo? graduates who are ready for heavy-duty irony. (Picture book. 8-10)"
In the full-color world of Super Happy Magic Forest, everyone recognizes what evil looks like…or do they? Read full book review >

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ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A deadly game involving a dangerous girl that does have a winner: the reader."
A secret fertility experiment goes wrong in this thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Sense of Reckoning by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2015

"A book that proves just as keen and charming as its characters."
In Dalrymple's second thriller featuring Ann Kinnear, the appealing spirit sensor fears she may be haunted by the ghost of a killer. Read full book review >

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SUPER SLUG OF DOOM by Matty Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Evil gets gooey comeuppance, and the forest is safe…for now. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Uh oh—the Super Magic Happy Forest (2016) faces a new, and particularly slimy, threat. Read full book review >