Search Results: "Michael Shelden"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 1995

"Despite Shelden's relentless animus for Greene as a person and a writer, this propaganda campaign can neither surpass nor subvert the Greene legend. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Trying to hunt down the controversial, complex Greene (190491) as the Harry Lime of the literary racket, Shelden (Orwell, 1991, etc.) succeeds less in decoding the deceptions of Greene's life than in creating a trail of false leads. Read full book review >

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ORWELL by Michael Shelden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Occasional glimpses of that unofficial self are, disappointingly, all that Shelden offers. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Believing that Bernard Crick's authorized biography, George Orwell (1981), neglected the writer's inner life, Shelden (Friends of Promise, 1989) set out to discover the secret life that would help to elucidate Animal Farm and 1984. Read full book review >

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MELVILLE IN LOVE by Michael Shelden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Shelden bases his conclusions on correspondence and archival research but often conjectures about what 'must have' occurred. Nonetheless, he offers a provocative portrait of the canonical writer and his world."
How a secret love affair inflamed Herman Melville's fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"Too little light shed on Twain's work and legacy."
A portrait of Mark Twain's final years offers some revisionist history but overloads a potentially compelling narrative with anecdotal minutiae. Read full book review >

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YOUNG TITAN by Michael Shelden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2013

"Indeed, there are plenty of books about Churchill, period. Shelden isn't of the first rank, but the book holds up well against the competition."
Solid biography covering the first four decades of Winston Churchill's life, marked by both ambition and heartbreak. 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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BOOK REVIEW

The Truth The Whole Truth Nothing but the Truth by Michael
NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2011

"Sprightly throughout, this volume portrays a belief system that is vehement though rarely novel."
A debut book offers a no-nonsense guide to biblical teachings, with a particular emphasis on the truth found in the Bible itself. Read full book review >

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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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RED by Michael Hall
by Michael Hall, illustrated by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Smartly designed and appealing, Red's story offers much for discussion and affirmation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a red-labeled crayon discovers he's actually blue, he finds joy, ebullience and acceptance. Read full book review >

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THE TORTOISE AND THE SOLDIER by Michael Foreman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An original middle-grade novella with unusual richness and depth. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Trevor Roberts is a cub reporter in a small town in eastern England during the 1950s whose big break as a journalist comes when he interviews a World War I Navy veteran about his famous pet tortoise. Read full book review >

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TOILET PAPER MUMMY by Michael  Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"Hits the gross-out sweet spot. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Readers with a soft spot for gross-out humor will find plenty to keep them gagging in Rex's latest novel (Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian, 2012) for the early-middle-grade set. Read full book review >