Search Results: "Sidney Finkel"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A poignant memoir with a refreshing absence of melodrama or pomp."
An honest, awe-inspiring tale of bittersweet survival in the face of formidable odds. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A real war story with a jarring but critical message for the American people."
Washington Post writer Finkel delivers one of the most morally responsible works of journalism to emerge from the post-9/11 era. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD SOLDIERS by David Finkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"A superb account of the burdens soldiers bear."
Did the much-vaunted surge of American troops in Iraq work? Yes, said George W. Bush. A soldierly response differed: "I've had enough of this bullshit." Read full book review >

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TRUE STORY by Michael Finkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2005

"There's a morbid fascination in following Longo's descent, and Finkel (Alpine Circus, 1999) tells the tawdry tale in crisp journalist's prose. But the result leaves us feeling used, and certainly no better for having met either figure."
A disgraced New York Times reporter seeks out an accused murderer who'd been using the reporter's identity while evading U.S. authorities in Mexico. A marriage of convenience perhaps, but not one made in heaven. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"The more we know about the Ottomans, the more easily comprehensible the subsequent history of the region they ruled becomes. Finkel's study makes a useful contribution."
Readable survey of one of the world's great empires. Read full book review >

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FRIENDS, WRITERS, AND OTHER COUNTRYMEN by Sidney Offit
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"Like a summary of an intimate cocktail party someone held for his 1,001 closest friends."
Second volume of recollections from Offit (Memoir of the Bookie's Son, 1995, etc.), this one an annotated roll call of the celebrities, literary and otherwise, he's met in his nearly 80 years. Read full book review >

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THE STARS SHINE DOWN by Sidney Sheldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Savvy Sheldon knows that nothing becomes the rich and famous like a little scandal, and that a faux-morality tale like Lara's needs an upbeat ending to play big—as this one will, right to the top. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for November)"
It may conclude in 1992, but Sheldon's latest is sheer 80's excess—the compulsively readable, sin-laden saga of a tycooness who's part Donald Trump, part Leona Helmsley. Read full book review >

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MAKING MOVIES by Sidney Lumet
NON-FICTION
Released: March 27, 1995

"There's a pugnacious Lumet lurking between the lines of this otherwise smarmy book, and that Lumet just might write a good one someday."
Making movies may be ``hard work,'' as the veteran director continually reminds us throughout this slight volume, but Lumet's simple-minded writing doesn't make much of a case for that or for anything else. Read full book review >

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MONTARO CAINE by Sidney Poitier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2013

"A pleasant surprise, elegantly written and keenly observed. Think of it, in a way, as a Little Prince for grown-ups, without the aeronautics."
In his ninth decade, the legendary actor and civil rights activist Poitier adds novelist to his resume. Read full book review >

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MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT by Sidney Sheldon
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"It may be thin, flawed, and empty, but reading it is as involuntary as breathing. (Literary Guild main selection; satellite author tour)"
The old slushmeister's plots (Nothing Lasts Forever, 1994, etc.) may be paper-thin, his characters watery, his moralities sugar-dusted, but once again his perfectly empty stylein a broken family romance set in Boston and points exoticserves him unfailingly. Read full book review >

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NOTHING LASTS FOREVER by Sidney Sheldon
Released: Sept. 13, 1994

"But it won't win any new converts. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
From mega-author Sheldon (The Stars Shine Down, 1992, etc.) comes a quasi-medical romance set in a large San Francisco county hospital. Read full book review >