Search Results: "Phil Fryer"


BOOK REVIEW

NO DOGS ALLOWED by Phil Fryer
by Phil Fryer, illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje, developed by Tizio BV
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Such fickle, conditional friends seem a bit unfunny for a feel-safe-and-loved bedtime story... even in a fairy tale. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Moms can't see them, and dads scare them away, but these mythical creatures are present at sleep or at play.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1998

"Reviewing Wilde's familiar rise and fall from Gide's perspective, Fryer finds a few intersections of the two men's interests, and biographical similarities in such matters as that each man indirectly injured his wife. (8 pages of b&w photos, not seen)"
Sticking to biographic routes rather than real literary parallels, Fryer (Dylan: The Nine Lives of Dylan Thomas, 1994) retraces a decade of crossed paths between the notorious playwright and the future Noble Prize—winning novelist. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"An example of poor quality control in the Dylan Thomas industry."
Dylan Thomas set out to make his life as striking as his poetry, but BBC journalist Fryer (Isherwood, 1978) denigrates the former while skirting the latter, missing both man and poet. Read full book review >

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THE BUBBLE WRAP BOY by Phil Earle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"As much as Charlie would hate hearing it, good things do come in small packages. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Han, aka "Tiny Charlie," aka "the Chinese midget," is used to being bully bait, the lethal combination of his oddly small stature and klutziness making him a shoe-in for the worst junior high has to offer. Read full book review >

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PRAISE OF MOTHERHOOD by Phil Jourdan
Released: May 16, 2012

"A heartfelt story that tackles grief through an honest, powerful lens."
Jourdan's background as a musician and translator comes through in a gripping debut memoir about his mother. Read full book review >

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PRETTY VACANT by Phil Strongman
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Sex Pistols fans will appreciate this one, but those looking for a comprehensive history of the era and its sounds should look elsewhere."
Music journalist Strongman (Metal Box: Stories from John Lydon's Public Image Limited, 2007, etc.) recasts the history of British punk as the story of two bands and a bunch of also-rans. Read full book review >

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DEAD MAN BLUES by Phil Pastras
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2001

"A well-written contribution to jazz history, and fine tribute to Morton's life and work."
A smart and engaging exploration of an inventive jazzman's lost years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Old-time basketball fans will enjoy remembering Pistol Pete, and young fans will be introduced to the player who left such a mark on the sport at a time when showmanship on the hardwood was not the norm. (16 pages b&w photos)"
An informative biography of the legendary basketball player who died suddenly in 1988 at the age of 40 because of a congenital heart defect. Read full book review >

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THE REMAINS OF AN ALTAR by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

The spirit of Edward Elgar, Britain's greatest ecclesiastical composer, haunts the byroads of the village of Wychehill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A fascinating meditation on delusion and desire, this is an American tale."
Thomas Pynchon meets Hunter S. Thompson (stylistically) in a novelistic account of the US government's secret air base known as "Area 51." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Valuable and ready for immediate use."
In this bright, informative debut, McKinney, chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's Personal Systems Group, writes that anyone can become an "idea person," given the right approach and a willingness to work hard. Read full book review >