Search Results: "Mike Piazza"


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LONG SHOT by Mike Piazza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A superior ballplayer, still a work-in-progress as a human being."
Arguably the game's greatest offensive catcher recounts his controversial career. Read full book review >

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BLUES UP AND DOWN by Tom Piazza
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"In fact, it is too slight a framework to call a book."
Piazza, whose short-story collection Blues and Trouble (1996) won the Michener Prize, looks again at his favorite music in this collection of occasional pieces. Read full book review >

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THE TEMPLE OF LIGHT by Daniela Piazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"It's Dickens-meets-New-Age-fantasy, but it's an effort that may not fully satisfy fans of either genre."
Piazza debuts with complex historical fiction linking Celtic mysticism to the medieval construction of Milan's Santa Maria Nascente Cathedral. Read full book review >

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IF NUNS RULED THE WORLD by Jo Piazza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Entertaining essays on the inspiring work various sisters are accomplishing in the world."
How a group of sisters is making changes in the world. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Newlyweds and couples looking to jump-start a foundering relationship will find Piazza's analysis of marriage useful, amusing, and engaging."
How women from different cultures handle the complexities of marriage. Read full book review >

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BLUES AND TROUBLE by Tom Piazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The desire for a brand-new start, the celebration of rootlessness, the coastal drifting: Piazza's American dreaming is lyrical and hard-earned, full of the kind of details and emotional realism that resonate long after you put the book down."
There's nothing arbitrary about Piazza's debut collection of 12 stories, arranged in imitation of a standard 12-bar blues. Read full book review >

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A Murder Amongst Angels by Tony Piazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2013

"A sentimental caper that mostly follows the genre formula, with a few refreshingly original flourishes."
Los Angeles detective Tom Loganinvestigates the death of a troubled movie starlet in this sequel, his second noir set during Hollywood's golden age. Read full book review >

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CITY OF REFUGE by Tom Piazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2008

"The struggles of the two families depicted are not always well balanced, but Piazza's writing is so fresh and vital readers will feel, all over again, the outrage at the abandonment of this beloved city."
Piazza follows the cultural history of his adopted city (Why New Orleans Matters, 2005, etc.) with this powerfully empathetic second novel about Katrina's impact in 2005. Read full book review >

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MY COLD WAR by Tom Piazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Intelligent, sharply observed, often very funny—the portraits of various trendy academics are a scream—but never gets beyond generic Baby Boomer angst."
Michener Award-winning storywriter author Piazza (Blues and Trouble, 1996) delineates a historian's midlife crisis in his first novel, recipient of the Faulkner Society Medal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A grab bag, but a devil of a good one for the most part."
Diverse work about roots and catastrophe by the gifted essayist and novelist. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"It's rarely pretty, but Piazza ably demonstrates the celebrity machine's remarkable efficiency in getting us to give it our money."
Entertainment journalist Piazza dissects the industrialization of fame in the age of celebrity. Read full book review >

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A FREE STATE by Tom Piazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A thoughtful examination of the intertwining of race and culture—as well as a truly scary portrait of a genuine psychopath."
A fugitive slave pursued by a vicious bounty hunter provides the fictional framework for novelist and music writer Piazza (Devil Sent the Rain, 2011, etc.) to ponder the contradictions of blackface minstrelsy. Read full book review >