Search Results: "William Gildea"


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WHERE THE GAME MATTERS MOST by William Gildea
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

In Indiana, Gildea shows, the yearly high-school basketball tournament is nothing less than an affirmation of the Hoosier way of life, one made of ``industrious, hospitable, down-home folk who enjoy popcorn, race cars and BASKETBALL.'' Every year since 1911, all high schools—from small towns to big cities—have gone head-to-head in the state championship tournament. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2012

"With fascinating period detail and skillful writing, the author highlights his subject's considerable appeal and symbolic significance but speaks a bit too gently about his flaws."
A veteran sports journalist rehearses the story of Joe Gans (1874-1910), who in 1906 won a titanic 42-round boxing match, lasting nearly three hours, against a bruising white boxer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"In its moving evocation of lost times, this does for pro football what Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer did for baseball."
A lovely memoir of a sports-mad kid growing up in Baltimore during the 1950s—funny and bittersweet. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 4, 2003

"Provocative—and timely in these France-bashing days, certain to prompt learned commentary."
A searching inquiry into the behavior of ordinary French people under Vichy and Nazi rule—behavior that defies the easy categories of "collaborator" and "resister." Read full book review >

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FIGHTERS IN THE SHADOWS by Robert Gildea
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 2015

"A masterly, painstakingly researched study incorporating the urgent stories of the resisters themselves."
Scrupulous, evenhanded reconsideration of the fighters of the French Resistance and how the patriotic myth became central to the identity of postwar France. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FLO & WENDELL by William Wegman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"A sure hit for Wegman fans, but a miss for those who want a story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An artistic departure into mixed media will spark the interest of Wegman fans in this new offering featuring his famed Weimaraners. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"You could cut the preciousness with a knife. Next up: Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy armies. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A long-eared guardian with a corps of fierce, chocolate warriors helps to rescue the kidnapped children of Santoff Claussen village in this sequel to Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (2011). Read full book review >

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MACHINES GO TO WORK IN THE CITY by William Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Young readers who love these powerful machines will find endless fascination here. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Trains, planes, trucks and cranes and the people who make them work keep the city moving. Read full book review >

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BEWARE OF THE FROG by William Bee
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

Joining the rapidly swelling ranks of seemingly innocuous tales for younglings in which main characters are suddenly killed off, this charming outing stars sweet little old Mrs. Collywobbles and the small attack frog that guards her doorstep. Read full book review >

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MACHINES GO TO WORK by William Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Low knows what works for kids who like their machines big and busy. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A fun and feisty tour of big, powerful and fascinating machines; each of them is ready, willing and eager to "go to work." Read full book review >