Search Results: "Tanner Colby"


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NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 2012

"Occasionally thick with statistics and explication, but the author's personal voice is compelling and his thesis is most disturbing. Recommended reading for anyone who still thinks we live in a post-racial America."
Colby (The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts, 2008) turns his attention to one of the most vexing and violent topics in American social history. Read full book review >

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THE CHRIS FARLEY SHOW by Tom Farley Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"Essential for Farley and SNL fans, and a sterling example of oral biography—well-structured, consistently engaging and simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking."
Family, friends and colleagues remember the late Saturday Night Live star. Read full book review >

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REMEMBER THE TIME by Bill Whitfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"Illuminating and thoughtful, especially for those who can't help but hear Jackson's hit song when they read the book's title."
The calamitous last stage of the singer's life as told by his trusted security team, with the assistance of Colby (Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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BEN AND THE SUDDEN TOO-BIG FAMILY by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2007

"Even readers who aren't in his situation will identify. (Fiction 9-12)"
When asked about his philosophy of life in school, ten-year-old Ben Mitchell posits that some things are all-right and some things are not-all-right. Read full book review >

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THE TURNABOUT SHOP by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 1998

"The author never pontificates, readers will take to the immensely likable cast, and Jessie's and Althea's characters burst forth from Livvy's narration as vividly as her own. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Orphaned and grieving, Livvy is dismayed when her dying mother Althea's wish leaves her in the care of a woman she's never heard of. Read full book review >

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LUCY PEALE by Colby Rodowsky
FICTION
Released: June 12, 1992

"Gentle and appealing, written with insight and skill. (Fiction. 12+)"
A well-regarded author (Sydney, Herself, 1989) tells a heartwarming love story about a pregnant 17-year-old who, cruelly rejected by her preacher father, is taken in by thoroughly wholesome Jake, who has dropped out of college in order to write. Read full book review >

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THE LAST WITNESS by Robert Colby
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2002

"Skippable by all but Black Mask devotees."
California locales, quaintly dated pulp prose, and non-surprise surprise endings mark this collection of four stories and a novella, in which middle-class vigilantes avenge the death of a fiancée ("Death Is a Lonely Lover") and a cuckolded father ("The Last Witness"); a cabbie with a gambling addiction loses big ("Never Come Back"); a counterfeiter and a con artist are outswindled by Colby's serial sleuth T.C. Brock ("Paint the Town Green"); and lust personified by a chestnut-haired tootsie in a sparkly gold swimsuit gets gutted by a mesmerized lover and his dowdy partner while their co-vacationers mourn the loss of their sexual obsessions (the 175-page "Deadly Desire"). Read full book review >

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SPINDRIFT by Colby Rodowsky
Released: March 29, 2000

"The far more promising wedding of Will and Emma ends the story on a rising tone. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An engaging tale from Rodowsky (Not My Dog, p. 150, etc.) about an inveterate "fixer" who learns that some situations are beyond repair. Read full book review >

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MY WAR by Colby Buzzell
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 2005

"If military recruitment is down now, wait till the kids read this book."
A slacker goes to war and returns no more fit for the workaday world than before, but with tales to tell. Read full book review >

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NOT MY DOG by Colby Rodowsky
Released: March 29, 1999

"Preston looking out the window on his first night, Ellie scratching his ears until he falls asleep. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-11)"
Ellie has always wanted a puppy, and her parents have told her she can have one when she's nine. Read full book review >

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THAT FERNHILL SUMMER by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2006

"While this choice may be realistic and psychologically astute, it makes for an emotionally unsatisfying story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A racially mixed girl with deeply estranged relatives spends the summer with her persnickety grandmother and her two cousins from the white side of the family. Read full book review >