Search Results: "Phil Pepe"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Caught somewhere between reportage and nostalgic blooey, the book slips away from the outfielder. (b&w photos)"
Playing the old nostalgia card, New Yorkbased baseball writer and radio personality Pepe (The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra, 1974) strip-mines the decade for meaningful nuggets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2012

"Minor-league writing from a major-league player and person."
The former Mets' shortstop, coach and manager revisits his career, revealing his diamond talents and work ethic, his love for the game, his two World Series appearances and his narrative limitations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW BEAST COMES TO PLAY by Phil Gosier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The lack of adventure and the pat, pedestrian resolution makes this an ineffective if well-intentioned appeal to get past the unreliability of first impressions. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Unfortunately for one disgruntled snow beast, there isn't a whole lot to do on the mountain aside from snoring or comparing relative foot size (big, bigger, biggest). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SELECTIONS by Pepe Nero
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An intriguing, if uneven, collection of one author's varied creative output."
A miscellaneous anthology of poems, drawings and stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAYING THE FIELD by Phil Bildner
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Too improbable for realism, not sharp enough for farce and simply unconvincing. (Fiction. YA)"
Implausible characterizations and motivations run through this high-school senior's first-person narration of a feud, a crush and making the boys' baseball team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"At least the title is apt: Most of these critics should be abandoned on an island, along with their albums."
Off-key 21st-century reprise of the pioneering anthology Stranded (1979). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRAYER OF THE NIGHT SHEPHERD by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Rickman, a thinking reader's Elizabeth George, continues his traversal of Welsh superstitions, Church of England conundrums, and true-crime touchstones (The Lamp of the Wicked, 2003, etc.) with an added bonus for Sherlockians: an explanation of that Hound's genesis."
Myths, legends, a large black hound, and spiritual proof of a visitation from Conan Doyle occupy the country folk of Ledwardine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TO DREAM OF THE DEAD by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"As always, Rickman thrives on excess, but readers who take the plunge will enjoy the excellent company of Merrily, Jane, their beaux and DI Bliss (The Fabric of Sin, 2008, etc.)."
A 4,000-year-old archaeological treasure impedes a village's progress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHOE DOG by Phil Knight
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Only for the most dedicated fans of the company. (Memoir. 12-16)"
A sanitized retrospective on the days before Nike was Nike. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN THE LORD SPOKE by Phil Bowhay
Released: Aug. 21, 2008

"Lightly likable and none-too-substantive, but pleasant and nostalgic for the demographically similar."
A catchall collection of essays and reminiscences, topped off with some brief fiction, is a pleasant blast of '40s and '50s nostalgia. Read full book review >