Search Results: "Sam Kashner"


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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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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: 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: 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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OTTER LOVES HALLOWEEN! by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"This one's a real treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Halloween is coming, and Otter is taking the holiday quite seriously, picking out the best pumpkin, choosing an appropriately scary costume, and thoroughly decorating the house—but when trick-or-treaters come, she is in for an unexpected surprise. Read full book review >

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THE ODYSSEY by Sam Ita
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Homer himself would be agog. (Pop-up classic. 10-13)"
A highlight-reel version of Odysseus' journey home, framed as a graphic novel and plastered with fantastically dramatic pop-ups and other special effects. Read full book review >

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MR. PUSSKINS AND LITTLE WHISKERS by Sam Lloyd
ANIMALS
Released: May 20, 2008

"Feline fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mr. Pusskins may have met his match in this amusing sequel to Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story (2007). Read full book review >

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RAIN by Sam Usher
Kirkus Star
by Sam Usher, illustrated by Sam Usher
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Bright, colorful joy for the rainiest of days. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Seeing the window beaded with morning raindrops, the white child narrator can't wait to get out into the wet, but Granddad says they should wait until the weather clears. Read full book review >

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THE BANDIT OF BARBEL BAY by Sam Bosma
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 19, 2016

"Fans will be breathing down Bosma's neck for the third. (Graphic fantasy. 12-18)"
Just as its predecessor, Fantasy Sports, Vol. 1, did, this manga-inspired volume features Wiz-Kid, a brown-skinned young female wizard apprentice, and Mug, a barbarous tomb raider. Read full book review >

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SNACK TIME by Sam Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Sweet but dull. (Board book. 2-3)"
Six little animal babies spend the day at Noah's Park. Read full book review >