Search Results: "Michael Shea"


BOOK REVIEW

ASSAULT ON SUNRISE by Michael Shea
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Despite the endless gore, the action is curiously bloodless. As an exercise in which money does most of the talking, it's almost as cynical as its premise. In the end, marginally more intriguing than watching paint dry."
Second of a trilogy begun with The Extra (2010), a near-future dystopia in which "extras" are cannon fodder in live-action movies. Read full book review >

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GLORIA SWANSON by Stephen Michael Shearer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An uneven, rushed-through life with occasional high notes."
A biography of Gloria Swanson (1899-1983), who was difficult, vain, arrogant and self-deluded, as well as shrewd, stylish and magnetic. She was, by her own account, "every inch and every moment a star." Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL by Stephen Michael Shearer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A dogged, basically factual tale of a Hollywood survivor."
In this proficient biography of the sultry, litigious Hollywood star, Las Vegas Review-Journal writer Shearer (Patricia Neal, 2006) takes pains to render a fair reevaluation of her acting. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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ÉDOUARD LOUIS
by Rhett Morgan

In 2014 at the age of 22, Édouard Louis published his first novel, The End of Eddy, in France and caused a sensation in the French press. Like another recently celebrated European author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Louis takes directly from his own life to craft bleak images. Also like Knausgaard, he came under intense media scrutiny as investigative journalists sought ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAUR VS. MOMMY by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Treat a pack of preschoolers (and their mommies) to this title and eagerly await Dinosaur's next adventure. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Shea continues his wildly popular series with this offering, but who will win: Dinosaur or Mommy? Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR VS. THE POTTY by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"A shoo-in for storytime fave status and an excellent title to supplement the standard, more earnest potty-training fare. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Another high-volume trail of victories for the red, toothy, roaring two-or-so-year-old introduced in Dinosaur vs. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPIEST BOOK EVER by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A wonderful rethinking of the picture book as its own character. Wacky, zany, and downright fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wanting to become the "happiest book ever," a personified book enlists its friends' help—but things go awry when a "frowny frog" doesn't fit in, hilariously teaching the book (and readers) kindness and acceptance. Read full book review >

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THE SCARIEST BOOK EVER by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delight for kids who have graduated from Hervé Tullet's work and such classics as There's a Monster at the End of This Book. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Shea's ghost is too scared to leave the house and venture into the scary forest. But readers can go see what it's like and come back and tell it all about it. Read full book review >

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THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Here's hoping that Ballet Cat and Sparkles return soon to help new readers learn about friendship. This series will not be a secret for long. (Early reader. 4-8)"
A pink cat and a polka-dot horse join together in a light story of secrets and friendship. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR VS. SANTA by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"'DINOSAUR WINS!' So will young readers and listeners likewise charged up with dino DNA. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Fresh from roaring out at bedtime (2008), at potty training (2010) and in the library (2011) Shea's prehistoric preschooler takes on Christmas. Read full book review >