Search Results: "Murray Sperber"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A scathing reminder that the 'good old days' in college sports never were. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana Univ.; Shake Down the Thunder, 1993, etc.) again chips away at the sacred mythic core of college sports. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2000

"A student nicely summed up Sperber's well-framed argument: college has become 'a four-year party—one long tailgater—with an $18,000 annual cover charge.' And you thought Dobie Gillis was bad."
Though not late-breaking news, here is an extremely dispiriting portrait of undergraduate life being reduced to a support unit for the athletic department, from long-time critic of the university sport scene Sperber (Onward to Victory, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Eight pages of photographs—not seen)."
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana University; College Sports Inc., 1990) does in this exceptional, exhaustive history of Notre Dame football what he does best: dash myths and penetrate to systemic corruption and hypocrisy, all the while maintaining an implicit love for collegiate athletics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAE MURRAY by Michael G. Ankerich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2012

"Will appeal to film buffs and readers interested in the rise and burnout of long-ago Hollywood stars."
An extensively researched look at the life of silent-movie star Mae Murray (1885-1965). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM MURRAY by Jim Murray
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"An engaging potpourri from a perceptive observer."
Selective reminiscences from a Pulitzer-winning sports columnist that, though several bricks shy of an autobiographical load, offer a host of pleasures for fans of big-time athletics and celebrities—and of fine writing. Read full book review >

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THE TAO OF BILL MURRAY by Gavin Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend."
A personal philosophy based on Bill Murray's well-publicized high jinks, pranks, and exploits. Read full book review >

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BAD KITTY VS. UNCLE MURRAY by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"A few lapses in the frenetic pace won't keep fans from enjoying this and looking forward to the promised sequel. (Graphic hybrid fiction. 7-10)"
Waking from a dream of Pussycat Paradise, Bad Kitty learns her humans are going on a trip. Read full book review >

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THE MURRAYS OF MURRAY HILL by Charles Monaghan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 1998

"A lively portrait of a fascinating family, their milieu, and their influence on their turbulent age."
A carefully researched history of the prominent Quaker family for whom the Murray Hill section of Brooklyn is named. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KARL MARX by Jonathan Sperber
Released: March 11, 2013

"Authoritative in its scope, but dense and unnecessarily difficult."
A thorough but starchy portrait of the father of modern communism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOGART by A.M. Sperber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Dramatic, historically informative, and elegiac, this exemplifies an honorable standard in the uneven world of film biographies. (40 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Two celebrated biographers lend their diligence to this dense, insightful work on a much analyzed icon. Read full book review >

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FAIRY FELICITY'S MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sparkly mollusk fluid aside, expect a book that hits its own sweet spot fairy-ly well. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Surprise birthday party? Check. Fairies? Check. Inoffensive follow-the-line conceit? Check and check! Read full book review >

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LITTLE MOUSE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Youngsters will clamor for more as they climb into a lap and ask to also be called their mommy's little mouse. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murray captures a young girl's changing moods—from feeling big and bold to little and cuddly—in this playful, empathetic story. Read full book review >