Search Results: "Mimi Alford"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"Voyeuristic and occasionally fascinating."
Kiss-and-tell memoir about the author's affair with President John F. Kennedy, beginning when she was a White House intern in 1962. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 19, 1990

"A fine debut."
With his chronically mismatched attire, Daddy can be embarrassing. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2004

"We know, well before the smug conclusion, that we're a long way from Budd Schulberg."
Hollywood assistant gets abused by boss, is shocked at the industry's mendacity, and other un-amazing tales. Read full book review >

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I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVE TO DO THIS by Jan Alford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

"It's not entirely a tale of woe: Dean wins a student council seat, has a first date, and gains more wholesome friends, but some readers will wilt under the barrage of lessons. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A 12-year-old gets a tutorial in the consequences of irresponsible behavior and the dangers of bad company in this earnestly cautionary novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A great spy novel—except that it's all true."
Alford (History/Cambridge Univ.; Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I, 2008, etc.) is an expert on all things Elizabethan, and his intimate knowledge of the queen's ministers and the period's political history guarantees the accuracy and thoroughness of this rip-roaring story. Read full book review >

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THOUGHTS FROM A QUEEN-SIZED BED by Mimi Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2002

"A gentle, moving celebration of the quotidian."
Brief essays about an enduring marriage, motherhood, breast cancer, and aging. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"These one-liner sideshows are an acquired taste, but at his best—which can be good indeed—Alford offers genuinely rueful takes on comic aspects of the urban experience."
The journalistic equivalent of a performance artist, Alford dreams up antic minidramas in which he can play at least a supporting role, stages them, and then reviews the results. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Alford is a razory-wicked, fun guy to be around, and each of his stories are like those 'tiny acts of grace' brightening your day."
Alford (How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth), 2009, etc.) embarks on an idiosyncratic excursion into the land of civility. Read full book review >

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FORTUNE'S FOOL by Terry Alford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 2015

"Alford paints some intriguing shades of gray in this elucidating portrait."
The "first full-length biography" of Abraham Lincoln's assassin offers much nuance and complexity to the killer, bordering on the downright sympathetic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2009

"Bumpy but rich with surprises."
New Yorker contributor Alford (Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top, 2000, etc.), who is also a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, braids interviews with personal vignettes in his search for the meaning of life. Read full book review >

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WIDER THAN A MILE by Mimi Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A notable window onto the unique mindset of an athlete set on pushing her body to the limit."
In a bid to raise environmental awareness, Hughes recalls swimming the length of the Danube River in her inspirational, if occasionally repetitive, debut. Read full book review >

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FISH STORIES BY A SCIENTIFIC NOBODY by Mimi Gerstell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2016

"This book's complexity may drive some readers away, but its 'in the trenches' view of science and academia should be examined."
A debut memoir recounts the experiences, conclusions, opinions, and connections the author developed during the time she spent pursuing a career in the sciences. Read full book review >