Search Results: "William Knoedelseder"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"An engrossing behind-the-scenes look at one of America's most successful and familiar brands."
Knoedelseder (I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy's Golden Era, 2009, etc.) peels away the ubiquitous Budweiser label to reveal an American family dynasty drunk on wealth, power and privilege. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Still, this incisive portrayal of the Polec murder and Philadelphia's 911 crisis provides a sobering account of personal tragedy as the crucible of social change. (8 pages b&w photos)"
This debut collaboration from journalists Knoedelseder (Stiffed, 1993) and Freedman is a comprehensive portrait of the horrific teen-mob murder of Philadelphia youth Eddie Polec and its aftermath, portraying the Polecs— grief and recovery against a complex tapestry of urban issues with acuity and sensitivity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"A sorry, well-told tale that sheds considerable light on how corrupt corporate insiders in league with underworld gangsters managed to beat some potentially bad raps, thanks mainly to government forbearance. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A journalist's harsh review of a federal case that, he believes, brought far too few white-collar scofflaws and mobsters to justice. Read full book review >

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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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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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QUEERIES
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Set in the early 1980s, London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories celebrates the residents of the Finsbury Park neighborhood in northern London. Ian Young’s collection of stories reveals a generous community of all sorts—launderettes, working-class gay lads, punks, stoners, stamp collectors, scavengers, revolutionaries in exile, and criminals. Our reviewer said Young creates “an impressive and tactile sense of ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE SANDMAN by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The art makes a bigger impression than the story, but the overall tone is appropriately dreamy, and as for that creeping nightmare: 'you know it's not real.' (Picture book. 5-9)"
At the behest of the Man in the Moon, shooting-star captain Sanderson Mansnoozie takes on a new responsibility—guarding Earth's children from the evil Pitch and his Dream Pirates. Read full book review >

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OLD PENN STATION by William Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Young readers, New York residents or not, will be more likely to look up the next time they're downtown, and to understand that every structure has a unique story. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
In celebration of one of New York City's vanished glories, Low recreates in words and pictures the ornately decorated, girders-and-glass-ceiling wonder that was old Penn Station. Read full book review >

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BIG TIME OLIE by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Like Olie's previous appearances, in print and on TV, the episode is neatly cut and dried, but Olie's frustrated reaction to being told that he's too small for this, but too big to do that any more, will find an understanding corps of young readers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Angry that he's not growing up fast enough, little Olie has a "big and really bad idea." Read full book review >

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DOCTOR DE SOTO GOES TO AFRICA by William Steig
Released: June 30, 1992

"The last page hints that the mice will continue to explore 'our beautiful planet.' (Picture book. 3+)"
Mudambo, an elephant, has a terrible toothache; all expenses will be paid if the De Sotos will come. Read full book review >

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SLEEPY TIME OLIE by William Joyce
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Rolie Polie Olie fans won't care about any of this, however, as Joyce's inventive ideas, rollicking rhymes, and readily recognizable, Rolie-Polie-round illustration style add up to a winning format with proven success. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Rolie Polie Olie is a robot on a roll with sequels, toddler stories in board format, toys, and his own Disney TV show. Read full book review >