Search Results: "Sam Kashner"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I WAS COOL by Sam Kashner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Witty and warm grace notes to the cool history of the Beats. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Coming-of-age narrative from the first alumnus of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the original Buddhist college in America. (It was not the Ivy League.) Read full book review >

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SINATRALAND by Sam Kashner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"A weirdly affecting portrait of innocence verging on monomania."
A debut novel by critic and showbiz historian Kashner (Hollywood Kryptonite, 1996) that portrays the inner life of a demented Frank Sinatra fan. Read full book review >

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Released: May 28, 2002

"Enjoyable cultural history that gives a compelling sense of how '50s Hollywood reacted to change and how, in turn, it influenced a nation of moviegoers."
Anecdotal account of the world of 1950s cinema and the forces that helped destroy the studio system and reshape Hollywood. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 1996

"A sad life and death in Hollywood, but the gossip isn't much and the promising title turns to leaden prose."
A muddled look at the mysterious death of George Reeves, the first Superman, by poets and Hollywood buffs Kashner and Schoenberger (coauthors of A Talent For Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant, 1994). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1994

"A genuinely thoughtful and entertaining biography that should go far in rebuilding Levant's reputation as a serious musician."
Why does Oscar Levant, memorable mostly for his devastating put-downs, deserve a biography at all, let alone one this long? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2010

"A well-researched but critically toothless and ultimately depressing record of epic vulgarity and emotional incontinence."
Vanity Fair and Esquire contributor Kashner and Schoenberger (Creative Writing; William and Mary; Hollywood Kryptonite, the Bulldog, the Lady, and the Death of Superman, 2006, etc.) examine the union of Hollywood actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, larger-than-life figures who inspired the fevered fascination of their public and presaged the current age of media obsession with the private lives of celebrities. Read full book review >

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SAM SHEPARD by John J. Winters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thorough, admiring work that is nonetheless honest about what the author views as Shepard's late-career decline."
A journalist who has devoted years to Shepard's life and works debuts with a comprehensive account of the life of the prolific playwright, poet, fiction writer, musician, and more. Read full book review >

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SNEAKY SAM by Josh Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"Keep an eye on this kid; one can only hope he'll sneak his way into another story or two. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A brief but endearing tale about a mischievous little boy. Read full book review >

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JACKHAMMER SAM by Peter Mandel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"An endearing ode to an oft-grumbled-about profession. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"ATTA-RATTA-BATTA-BLAM." Read full book review >

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SUPER SAM! by Lori Ries
by Lori Ries, illustrated by Sue Ramá
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Imaginative and fun, Sam's antics will amuse and possibly inspire young listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Brief text and bright, bouncy illustrations combine to create an appealing, if slight, story. Read full book review >

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FIDDLIN' SAM by Marianna Dengler
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

"Gerig's watercolors deliver the scenic beauty of the region and carry their own version of a familial tribute. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a family memoir of the most affecting kind, readers are invited to a long-ago time in the Ozark Mountains and the story of a musician who owned "the clothes on his back and a fine old lionhead fiddle." Read full book review >

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ZOOMAN SAM by Lois Lowry
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Fans of the Sam books may find satisfaction in the nicely foreshadowed but still unanticipated punch line. (Fiction. 7-12)"
For "Future Job Day" at Sam Krupnik's nursery school, the four-year-olds have been instructed to dress up as representatives of their desired profession. Read full book review >