Search Results: "Robert B. Westbrook"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHN DEWEY AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY by Robert B. Westbrook
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"A must for serious students of American politics, history, or philosophy, but not likely to create much of a stir outside the academic community. (Five illustrations—not seen.)"
A comprehensive intellectual biography of the great democratic theorist and activist. Read full book review >

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LADY LEFT by Robert Westbrook
Released: Jan. 31, 1990

What begins as a very, very funny spin on actors and their Cause of the Month—in this instance, vacationing in Nicaragua to help the Sandinistas return to power—soon turns into a typical Westbrook trashy page-turner, with preposterous plot gimmicks, improbable sex scenes, and a cast of thousands. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"What lingers, though, is not the unsynchronized dance of the lovers' mutual demons, but the portraitfamiliar but poignant nonethelessof Hollywood running roughshod over literary talent, and of the grim ravages of alcoholism. (photos, not seen.) (Author tour)"
The romance between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham, as earnestly rendered by her novelist son (Rich Kids, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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RICH KIDS by Robert Westbrook
Released: May 1, 1992

"In all: an untaxing spin through Hollywood unhappiness."
Westbrook (Lady Left, The Left-Handed Policeman), son of the late Hollywood gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, returns with a lurid family portrait and murder mystery, set in the moneyed world in which he grew up (the same world we glimpse in half-sister Wendy Fairey's nonfictional One of the Family, p. 228). Read full book review >

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Released: July 11, 2006

"Ho-hum for the conspiracy, but the 62-year-old newshound, who takes his buffeting with Candide-like jauntiness, is an authentic charmer."
Pulitzer Prize-winner Anderson's posthumously published final exercise in (fictional) muckraking (Millennium,1994, etc.)—about a conspiracy as unlikely as it is dastardly. Read full book review >

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AFRICAN CRITTERS by Robert B. Haas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"In an afterword, the author explains his presentation as 'artistic license' to represent his emotional experience, but it, like the cover montage, may misrepresent the animals' world. (glossary, index, references) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Striking photocollages, most in lush color, illustrate, sometimes problematically, this wildlife photographer's account of adventures in animal preserves in southern Africa. Read full book review >

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BOY VS. GIRL by Na’ima B. Robert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Simple but interesting, and certainly timely. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A pair of Pakistani twins, a boy and a girl, struggles to grow up in England while trying to follow Islam. Read full book review >

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PERCHANCE TO DREAM by Robert B. Parker
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

An honorable sequel to The Big Sleep (1939), Raymond Chandler's—and p.i. Read full book review >

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SMALL VICES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 1997

Peerless shamus Spenser's 24th case (Chance, 1996, etc.) is almost his last, thanks to an assassin who's a lot more like him than he'd like to acknowledge. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE DEUCE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 1992

"Nothing new, just Parker marking perfect time: Spenser fans will love it."
Spenser and Hawk take on a black street-gang while, on the domestic front, Susan persuades Spenser to move in: more hard-boiled mystery with a runny yolk from the ever-entertaining Parker. Read full book review >

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CHANCE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 21, 1996

"A '90s update of The Big Sleep with some of its celebrated model's structural problems: deeply satisfying page by page, but more than a little disjointed in retrospect."
A missing mafia son-in-law leads Spenser and Hawk (Thin Air, 1995, etc., etc.) across the country and back to some alarmingly intricate, high-level double-dealing. Read full book review >