Search Results: "William J. Mann"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"A unique and sophisticated understanding of Hollywood's indispensable gay and lesbian culture."
Mann (Wisecracker, 1998, etc.) intriguingly chronicles the experience of gay men and lesbians in Hollywood during the studio era: "a haven for homosexuals, a place to thrive and, within parameters, live and work with a degree of personal authenticity." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Insightful, packed with entertaining gossip, and an illuminating reminder that knee-jerk homophobia has not always been the American way."
Journalist and novelist Mann (The Men from the Boys, p. 669) nicely probes the American century's shifting mores in this biography of the nearly forgotten silent-film star William Haines. Read full book review >

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KATE by William J. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A sprawling salute to an awe-inspiring, world-class actor."
Film biographer/historian Mann (Edge of Midnight, 2005, etc.) considers the vibrant life of a 20th-century icon with encyclopedic scrutiny and a pinch of whimsy. Read full book review >

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TINSELTOWN by William J. Mann
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"While searching for a solution to the sensational crime, Mann masterfully captures the zeitgeist of Hollywood in its early days."
Who killed William Desmond Taylor? More than 90 years after the unsolved murder of the renowned director, film historian and biographer Mann (Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand, 2012, etc.) takes up the cold case. Read full book review >

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THE MEN FROM THE BOYS by William J. Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1997

"An impressive debut. (Author tour)"
A charming, extended family of Boston gay men pursue the true meaning of passion. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE BOYS ARE by William J. Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2003

"Mann's party boys make a sexy first impression but prove surprisingly deep upon further inspection. The same goes for Where the Boys Are."
Against a background of sweaty bodies, fierce divas, and the drug-induced lust of gay circuit parties, former lovers struggle to reconnect. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Even though we know the answers to most of the questions—Will our heroine win the coveted role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl? Will she live happily ever after with her Prince Charming, Elliott Gould?—this book makes getting to them a treat."
Hollywood chronicler Mann (How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, 2010, etc.) divulges the blood, sweat and tears that propelled a diva's rise to stardom. Read full book review >

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THE WARS OF THE ROOSEVELTS by William J. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Perhaps best known for his popular film biographies and histories, and thus no stranger to tales of scandal and coverup, feuds and intrigue, Mann writes sympathetically about all the Roosevelts but particularly the black sheep, the nonconformists whose births into this powerful family imposed special burdens."
A compulsively readable account of the decadeslong rivalries, grudges, and battles between and within the Roosevelt families of Oyster Bay and Hyde Park. Read full book review >

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THE BIOGRAPH GIRL by William J. Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"For all the camp and melodrama, a finely detailed and satisfyingly complicated mystery, aided in its allure by several characters simultaneously coming to terms with how they came to be who they are."
Skillfully blending facts, fancy, and a vision of the earliest days of moviemaking, the artful Mann (Wisecracker, 1998, etc.) resurrects the first movie star as a hot-ticket 107-year-old discovered in a Catholic nursing home in Buffalo by twin brothers who promptly start fighting over her to further their own agendas. 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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SCAR by J. Albert Mann
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A sobering characterization of not only a historical battle, but war itself. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The Revolutionary War forces a sheltered but determined boy to come of age. Read full book review >