Search Results: "William Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

MARY MARTIN by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"Martin's star quality prevails."
Affectionate but not airbrushed portrait of the Broadway diva who got her first big break with a naughty Cole Porter song but flew into legend in a children's classic. Read full book review >

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DEAN MARTIN by Michael Freedland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

"Dino light and lively; anyone seeking a probing look at the life of Dean Martin should look elsewhere—probably at Nick Tosches's Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams (1992)."
A biography of singer-actor Martin that has the pace, diffidence and depth of one of Martin's T.V. variety shows. Read full book review >

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MARTIN FROBISHER by James McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Intriguing if long-winded. (4 b&w maps and charts)"
The first major biography of the early English explorer since William McFee's widely purchased 1928 Life of Sir Martin Frobisher. Read full book review >

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MARTIN DRESSLER by Steven Millhauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"It might be another of Dreiser's densely packed tales of financiers and titans, written at characteristic white heat, but by an immeasurably more graceful stylist."
A chronicle of obsession, self-indulgence, and, in a curious way, moral growth, expertly poised between realistic narrative and allegorical fable, from the author of such intriguing, if sometimes unduly gossamer, fictions as Edwin Mullhouse (1972) and In the Penny Arcade (1986). Read full book review >

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WILLIAM WYLER by Gabriel Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2013

"A welcome addition to the literature of filmmaking."
Comprehensive biography of the pioneering Hollywood director, whose oeuvre included such diverse films as Wuthering Heights (1939), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Funny Girl (1968). Read full book review >

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WILLIAM MCKINLEY by Kevin Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An instructive, graceful look at a neglected presidency."
An engaging life of the stoical Buckeye politician, whom Phillips (Wealth and Democracy, 2002, etc.) reckons to be "an upright and effective president of the solid second rank." Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 21, 1999

"A first-rate biography of a towering medical influence."
A well-told, enjoyable, enlightening—and much needed—biography of a giant of medical practice and education. Read full book review >

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CIRCLE WILLIAM by Bill Harlow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 1999

"Though some of his characters are engaging and the Beltway stuff interesting, what should be gripping never is."
Libya plots a chemical weapons attack in this novice entry in the Tom Clancy Stakes. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM STYRON by James L.W. West
Released: April 1, 1998

"A masterful achievement. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This meticulously crafted, well-paced biography should go a long way toward burnishing Styron's reputation. Read full book review >

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Released: May 25, 1981

"Otherwise, this is more a portrait of others' need for Burroughs to be an elder Great than of the more modest (and more engaging) actuality."
After the resounding thud made by Burroughs' last novel, Cities of the Red Night, these transcriptions of table-talk serve some rehabilitative purpose, presenting a picture of an aging, conservative, serious man who, with his best work perhaps now behind him, admits himself that he may have come to sound "like some sort of great nineteenth-century crank who thought that brown sugar was the answer to everything and was practicing something he called brain breathing." Read full book review >

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MARTIN AMIS by Richard Bradford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"Just serviceable. Readers interested in all things Amis will want to refer to the roman à clef The Information and anxiously await an autobiography."
Indifferently written bio of "the best prose stylist in English…in the closing decades of the last and the opening of this century." Read full book review >

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MARTIN BAUMAN; by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Nonetheless, the gossip value alone should make this Leavitt's most popular book. It's also his best since his early successes, Family Dancing (1984) and The Lost Language of Cranes (1986): a cri de coeur that's intelligent, funny, and genuinely revealing."
What might almost have been Leavitt's first novel is instead the presumably autobiographical stuff of his ambitious fifth: an alternately lighthearted and turgid chronicle of a young writer's pursuit of love and fame in the New York literary world of the early 1980s. Read full book review >