Search Results: "Myrna Katz Frommer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Self-congratulatory oral history, garrulous nostalgia, and great fun for those who recall the days of Tin Pan Alley and three baseball teams in one small, favored place."
Contrary to the popular notion, nostalgia is pretty much what it's always been, judging by the latest offering from the Frommers (It Happened on Broadway, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 1995

"Some of these stories told at greater length could have formed an interesting document; but this badly organized (neither chronological, nor consistently thematic) and piecemeal conglomeration is unenlightening. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A hodgepodge of musings about mostly run-of-the-mill childhoods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 1998

"But those looking for more than a fleeting recognition of the downside of the business, or for some measured consideration of what, precisely, makes a piece of theatre succeed an art should probably look elsewhere. (b&w photos)"
The Frommers (Growing up Jewish in America, 1995, etc.) have gathered together the recollections (of widely varying frankness and detail) of actors, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, composers, and critics active in the evolution of theater in New York over the past seven decades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SERENA KATZ by Charlotte Pomerantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"A treat for readers who find Miss Rumphius a bit too genteel. (Picture book. 7-9)"
All of Elmsville is excited to hear that Mr. Duncan and his family are off to N.Y.C. to visit the great Serena Katz—but is she who they think she is? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYRNA LOY by Emily W. Leider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Only for fans of a golden era of Hollywood stardom, as long as they're not looking for much gossip or personal revelation."
The author makes her case that Myrna Loy (1905-1993) could inspire a fascinating biography, but she doesn't really deliver one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OFFICER KATZ AND HOUNDINI by Maria Gianferrari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Ultimately, though mildly amusing, there's no real magic here. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's the old story: will cat and dog play, er, cat-and-mouse games—or join forces? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. KATZ AND TUSH by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Truly affectionate and heartwarming. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Larnel gets to know newly widowed Mrs. Katz when he goes along with his mother to pay a comforting visit; next day, he goes back with a tailless kitten ("Tush") that she agrees to accept "if you'll come and help me with her." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"An intriguing spy biography that ably demonstrates how fierce adherence to an ideology can lead to human suffering on terms both intimate and global."
A talented and seductive spy pops up in places as diverse as Hollywood, Prague, Paris and Mexico City, organizing anti-Nazi, pro-Communist propaganda before dangling at the end of a hangman's noose in 1952. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYRNA NEVER SLEEPS by Beth Peterson
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Each episode repeats the same formula, and without offering a sense of Myrna as herself, the fantasy wears a bit thin. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The reason Myrna never sleeps is that she's busy dreaming up amazing adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VISIT FROM DR. KATZ, A by Ann Barrow
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1988

"Slight, but charming."
From the eminent SF author, a simple but deftly told tale about a pair of cats who comfort a little girl, Marianne, when she's in bed with the flu. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WILLIAM POWELL AND MYRNA LOY MURDER CASE by George Baxt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"Sonja Henie Murder Case?"
Worried because she's dying of cancer and hard-pressed for cash, Hollywood madam Claire Young comes up with the foolproof idea of going semi-public with her big black book, simultaneously soliciting a little discreet blackmail and inviting disgruntled ex-clients to put her feloniously out of her misery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 15, 1989

From prolific baseball writer Frommer (Primitive Baseball, 1988; Baseball's Greatest Rivalry, 1982; etc.), a profusely illustrated celebration of Little League baseball on its 50th anniversary. Read full book review >