Search Results: "Norma Cobb"


BOOK REVIEW

COBB by Al Stump
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Stump's wonderfully descriptive writing, yeoman historical research, and personal knowledge of Cobb make this an extraordinary achievement in sports biography. (24 photos, not seen)"
Drawing on the harrowing year he spent with Ty Cobb as ghostwriter of his autobiography, Stump pens an astounding portrait that leaves little doubt the Hall of Famer was ``psychotic throughout his baseball career.'' When they ``collaborated'' on My Life in Baseball in 1960, the Georgia Peach was a bitter, unreasonable, gun-toting, 73-year-old cancer-ridden drunk. Read full book review >

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NORMA by Sofi Oksanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2017

"In spite of promising material, the question of who will emerge victorious loses its urgency along the way, and the ending, though surprising, fails to satisfy."
Award-winning Finnish-Estonian novelist Oksanen (When the Doves Disappeared, 2015, etc.) tackles the global exploitation of women and the entwined secrets of two families in this story of a woman with magical hair. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Call it dull on ice."
A grinding memoir of life in the Alaskan wild. Read full book review >

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TY COBB by Charles Leerhsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Cobb was indeed a bruised peach but, as the author shows convincingly, not a thoroughly rotten one."
The former executive editor of Sports Illustrated explores the idea that Tyrus Raymond Cobb (1886-1961), perhaps the greatest player in baseball history, was also a violent, racist, roundly hated person. Read full book review >

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THE NORMA GENE by M.E. Roufa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A novel with a madcap premise and appealing characters that does not quite fulfill its comedic promise."
Roufa's debut novel follows the misadventures of a clone of Abraham Lincoln and a clone of Marilyn Monroe as they attempt to evade government agents and figure out what it means to claim their own identities. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Those who believe language is a delight as well as a necessity will happily while away the hours meandering through these pages. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Safire charms yet again with his lively interest in our language. ``Norma Loquendi,'' that fickle lass whose name the author translates as ``the everyday voice of the native speaker,'' is the title character of this eighth book to come from Safire's ``On Language'' column in the New York Times Magazine (Quoth the Maven, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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DRIVING MISS NORMA by Tim Bauerschmidt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An uplifting and life-affirming memoir."
A traveler/retiree's account of the lessons he learned about living well from touring the country with his dying nonagenarian mother. Read full book review >

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Released: July 12, 2012

"Fans will appreciate this modest look at how a star is born, raised and nurtured before she goes supernova and, eventually, collapses."
Glaeg's first biography follows Norma Jeane Dougherty from humble beginnings to her transformation into the glamorous Marilyn Monroe. Read full book review >

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BLUE AVENGER CRACKS THE CODE by Norma Howe
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Stay tuned. (author's notes) (Fiction. 12+)"
There's a lot of stuff going on in this sequel to The Adventures of Blue Avenger (1999). Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE AVENGER by Norma Howe
Released: April 1, 1999

"It's unabashed, cockle-warming wish fulfillment in a novel that has priceless moments and is the perfect respite from all the bleak YA fiction out there. (Fiction. 13-15)"
In a funny, warmly romantic tale from Howe (Shoot for the Moon, 1992, etc.) an impulsive decision leads an average teenager into fulfilling his desire to be "Secret champion of the underdog, modest seeker of truth, fearless innovator of the unknown." Read full book review >

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SHOOT FOR THE MOON by Norma Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Some themes here are similar to those in Howe's The Game of Life (1989); this will also have popular appeal, but it's less skillfully written. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Gina Gari has a strong and loving relationship with her grandfather, who has paid attention to her while everyone else in her family seems indifferent—most especially, she's shared his love of yo-yos. Read full book review >

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HEART OF A TIGER by Herschel Cobb
Released: April 1, 2013

"A gentle, affecting memoir."
The greatest baseball player of the dead ball era, and the most widely despised, tenderly remembered by his grandson. Read full book review >