Search Results: "Sam Staggs"


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MM II: The Return of Marilyn Monroe by Sam Staggs
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

A far-fetched idea carried out smoothly and with surprising charm. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2005

"Everything you ever wanted to know about a masterpiece."
Opinionated, revealing, constantly entertaining account of the birth and growth of Tennessee Williams's most famous play. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An animated and intelligent biography."
Movie biographer Staggs' (Born to Be Hurt: The Untold Story of Imitation of Life, 2009, etc.) lively account of how a jowly plain Jane from Iowa became the 20th century's most celebrated "party giver for the rich, the royal, [and] the famous." Read full book review >

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CLOSE UP ON SUNSET BOULEVARD by Sam Staggs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2002

"Die-hard camp followers will clap furiously; everyone else will be squirming in their seats. (16 pp. b&w photos)"
Staggs follows up All About All About Eve (2000) with a similar, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink production history of Eve's frequent companion on revival-house double bills: Sunset Boulevard. 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 >

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OTTER LOVES EASTER! by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A holiday tie-in that fails to deliver. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Garton continues his popular series about roly-poly Otter (I Am Otter, 2014, etc.) with this simple story about the joys of eating Easter candy and sharing (or not) with others. Read full book review >