Search Results: "Simon Spence"


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THE STONE ROSES by Simon Spence
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 2013

"A must-read for anyone who has wondered why the Stone Roses ever mattered."
As definitive an account of the surprising rise and spectacular fall of seminal 1980s Brit rockers the Stone Roses as a fan could hope for. Read full book review >

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THE MAKING OF A COUNTRY LAWYER by Gerry Spence
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 1996

"Some readers should, however, find inspiration in Spence's ability to level with himself and still get over his self- loathing, and others will at least enjoy his story. (60 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The celebrated trial lawyer and TV commentator (With Justice for None, 1989, etc.) proves that even a shameless self-publicist can be likeable. Read full book review >

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MISSING WOMEN AND OTHERS by June Spence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 1998

"A promising debut."
A first collection from the winner of the 1995 Willa Cather Fiction contest: 15 stories, some having appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Seventeen, and The Oxford Review, by a southern writer who excels at charting the minor victories that briefly relieve dreary lives. Read full book review >

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HALF-MOON AND EMPTY STARS by Gerry Spence
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Luckily, Spence has a lucrative day job he can always go back to. Readers are well-advised to stick to their own."
Celebrity lawyer Spence (Give Me Liberty, 1998, etc.) ventures into fiction with this earnest, endless novel of a 1977 Wyoming murder trial whose every tangled root comes in for minute exploration. Read full book review >

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CLICKETY CLACK by Rob Spence
Released: May 1, 1999

"Spengler's robust illustrations capture an antic cast of passengers, conveying the action as much through composition as color. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A train load of wild and wacky animals gets so noisy that the engineer has to shout to get them to quiet down. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Sometimes self-righteous, sometimes merciless: an unforgettable account of the state's power against individuals who might be innocent."
A primer on the criminal-justice system from the defense attorney's vantage point. Read full book review >

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O.J.: THE LAST WORD by Gerry Spence
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"If his brief were less self-righteous, his legitimate arguments would be easier to swallow. (Literary Guild selection)"
Buried under windbag sermonizing and lofty moralizing lies a cogent analysis of how the prosecution lost the O.J. Simpson case. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S BOOK OF MUSIC by Keith Spence
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"This is a good history of western classical music, though; add it to collections already owning sources on, for example, the history of jazz, world music, and other musical cultures. (glossaries, chronologies, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
An introduction to the history of western music (despite the exotic drums on the cover and some discussion of east and west in a chapter called, ``Blending of opposites''). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2006

"A purely niche title, this one for the Lefty 'Hate Culture.'"
Celebrity lawyer and polemicist Spence (The Smoking Gun, 2003, etc.) ratchets up the rhetoric against conservatives in this latest entry in the Left-Right contest to see who can create the most outrageous title and fling the most incendiary accusations. Read full book review >

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THE PURE LAND by Alan Spence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2007

"A colorful, empathetic, melancholy-tinged portrait of a Victorian colossus."
Fictionalized biography of the young adventurer-turned-businessman who helped shape modern Japan and may have inspired Madame Butterfly. Read full book review >

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DEAR <i>FAHRENHEIT 451</i> by Annie  Spence
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, funny, forthright librarian in book form."
A librarian delivers a charming epistolary volume that begs to be read with pencil in hand. Read full book review >