Search Results: "Sheldon M. Novick"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Too bad his biographer can't claim the same. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Novick, who previously dissected the life of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Read full book review >

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HENRY JAMES by Sheldon M. Novick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2007

"James's relentless work habits produced a frequently stunning oeuvre. His biographer's focus on the novelist's daily rounds in an otherwise quiet life is just as relentless and demanding, but far less artful."
This sequel to Henry James: The Young Master (1996, etc.) chronicles, in numbingly Jamesian detail, the expatriate writer's attempt, in his social life and his work, to create a venue for "large & confident action—splendid & supreme creation." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"It's difficult to imagine a world in which women would have the time for an exercise regimen of the level required to stop menstruation (literally hours each day), more difficult still to imagine this entire argument holding much appeal or even interest for readers of either sex."
Women have evolved past the need for menstruation, goes this questionable argument, and now should be relieved of the problem of an unnecessary monthly loss of blood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"A fine offering for would-be explorers. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Lifelong naturalist William Beebe is most famous for his record-breaking deep-sea dive. Read full book review >

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BARNUM BROWN: DINOSAUR HUNTER by David Sheldon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Meaty afterword too, plus address and reading lists. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Paying tribute to the renowned paleontologist who discovered T. Rex, Sheldon pairs a simply written text rich in specific detail to painted scenes of spectral prehistoric beasts rearing up behind a nerdy, dapper gent who is, usually, standing in some dusty locale and staring distractedly through wire-rimmed glasses at likely looking rock formations. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STAR by Dyan Sheldon
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2006

"Comedy reigns as the silliness mounts in this first-person narrative that should provide lots of laughs. (Fiction. YA)"
Sheldon continues Lola's story begun in Confessions of a Drama Queen (1999). Read full book review >

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PRODIGAL SONS by Sheldon Greene
Released: July 13, 2009

"A page-turner with emotional depth."
An Israeli secret agent hunts Nazi war criminals in this rich psychological thriller. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"16 pages illustrations, not seen)."
All-around entertainment veteran Leonard—onetime radio and movie performer, then TV director and producer—recalls his emblematic career in a tough business. Read full book review >

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CRIMINAL INTENT by Sheldon Siegel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"All talk and no tension. A legal cozy in a great big village."
Siegel trudges his priestly San Francisco attorney Mike Daley (Special Circumstances, 2000, etc.) against evil cinematic types, one of whom has clobbered another to death with an Oscar. Read full book review >

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THE DOOMSDAY CONSPIRACY by Sidney Sheldon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 1991

"Whitley Strieber's Communion); mediocre as a thriller, even Sheldon-style; but fascinating as one top author's earnest if inept effort (backed by a polemical postscript) to voice the kind of warning that H.G. Wells did with so much more style. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for Fall)"
A science-fiction—yes, science-fiction—novel from the master of soap. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Now an octogenarian, Sheldon writes, 'I myself would like to meet Death in the flower garden—falling facedown onto a cushion of Dianthus gratianopolitanus, if that's not too much to ask.' No, but not for a while, please."
Natty essays from the garden: brassy practicality with pungent opinions handed out like garlic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE by Sheldon Siegel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 31, 2001

"No surprise ending, alas, but from beginning to end, an effective page-turner with a realistic, if somewhat cynical, climax that holds true to the powerhouse milieu in which Daley and his colleagues have been operating all along."
When San Francisco D.A. Prentice Marshall "Skipper" Gates III, of all people, is charged with the death of a male teenage prostitute, the city braces for the first trial of the century, and attorney Mike Daley (Special Circumstances, 2000) scrambles to build a case. Read full book review >