Search Results: "William Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2013

"A moving biography by a husband aiming to carry on his wife's legacy."
A husband'stribute to his wife's courage and perseverance. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"A versatile collection to encourage creativity and multiple learning strategies. (Poetry. 6-10)"
San José and Johnson (both formerly on the editorial staff of Highlights for Children) have organized an anthology of traditional rhymes, lesser-known verses and nicely crafted child-authored poems. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"An intriguing novel that doubles as a love song to capitalism."
A former soldier exiled to a prison planet takes on a corrupt planetary government in Johnson's debut novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 1994

"As sensible, reliable, and familiar as a comfortable old pair of walking shoes—and about as exciting."
Another encyclopedic tome from the renowned sex experts, loaded with research findings, practical advice, and statistics but little that's new, different, or controversial. 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

Vengeance by William Crow Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2016

"Filled with dark, sardonic humor and absurd, exhilarating situations, this book delivers an intelligently written police drama with a shrewd protagonist."
A down-home murder mystery in a small Midwestern town leads a lawman to big-city criminals and a PTSD nightmare come to life. Read full book review >

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Tea and Tyranny: Still Shaggin' in Boston by William E. Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2014

"An often fun, if overpopulated, novel featuring bawdy melodrama, derring-do and political intrigue."
Johnson's (The Seeds of Love...and War: Still Shaggin' for a Shillin', 2009, etc.) most recent historical novel views the American Revolution through the eyes of the Founding Fathers—after tankards of ale and trysts with waterfront doxies. Read full book review >

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L'IL SIS AND UNCLE WILLIE by Gwen Everett
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 24, 1992

"It would have been nice to know more about the sizes of the paintings and the mediums used; still, an excellent introduction to an outstanding artist who deserves wider recognition. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
Johnson (1901-70) was a black painter, born in South Carolina and trained in New York, who lived for 12 years in Denmark, married a Danish woman, and (after her death) spent his last 20 years in a mental institution. Read full book review >

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MY LIFE by Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A lock for a fast-break to the bestseller lists. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Magic's second autobiography, far richer than his first (Magic, 1983), for this one (written with Novak, coauthor of autobiographies of Nancy Reagan, Lee Iacocca, etc.) details not only the prestidigitation of the NBA's greatest point guard but also the stunning 1991 revelation of HIV infection that turned Johnson into a world celebrity. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >