Search Results: "William McKeen"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2008

"A welcome addition to the Gonzo library and one of the best starting points for HST novices—at least until Douglas Brinkley decides to publish his eagerly awaited version of events."
McKeen (Journalism/Univ. of Florida; Highway 61: A Father-and-Son Journey Through the Middle of America, 2003) resurrects the Good Doctor with a solid treatment of his life and work. Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY HAD AN OCEAN by William McKeen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Excellent social history, bracketing David Talbot's Season of the Witch (2012) as an indispensable account of a time of beauty and terror."
Searching account of 1960s Southern California, when the wistful innocence of the Beach Boys died alongside the victims of Charles Manson. Read full book review >

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MILE MARKER ZERO by William McKeen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"An engrossing tell-all in which Key West's most notable residents struggle to find sanity, sobriety and a place to call home."
A cultural history of Key West as experienced by some of its most famous residents. 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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BOOK REVIEW

BILLY'S BOOGER by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A zippy piece for readers who share Billy's tastes. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy funnels enthusiasm for monster movies, outer space, and snot into making a picture book for a school contest. Read full book review >

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THE 12 MONTHS by William Lindmeier
adapted and illustrated by William Lindmeier, developed by William Lindmeier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2012

"This little-known folktale deserves better treatment; Rafe Martin's picture book of the same name, illustrated by Vladyana Langer Krykorka, is a much better alternative. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A charming Cinderella tale from the Czech tradition suffers from amateurish computer illustrations, a lack of features and no narration. Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE MOON by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Here's hoping that future installments in this ambitious series will spend less time on back story and more on story line. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A visual feast cannot compensate for lackluster plotting in this first installment of a new mega-series that involves picture books, chapter books and (of course) a movie. Read full book review >

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AND THE TRAIN GOES... by William Bee
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"A fresh, visually arresting read-aloud with a lovely old-time feel. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"Here is the station all noisy and full, / and the station clock goes, ‘Tick-tock, tickerty-tock . . . '/ and the man in the station office cries, ‘Hurry up! Hurry up! Read full book review >

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WHAT’S THAT NOISE? by William Carman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: July 1, 2002

"For members of the pajamas-with-feet set bothered by nighttime noises, this should fill the beddy-bye bill. (Picture book. 6-8)"
As a narrow ribbon of glottal consonants twines through a darkened household, a wakeful lad seeks its source: A neighbor mowing the lawn? Read full book review >

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WHEN EVERYBODY WORE A HAT by William Steig
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2003

"Next to that whippersnapper James Stevenson's When I Was Nine (1986), but still distant, generation, not much more than the bare hint that Steig, too, was young. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Between portrait photos taken almost nine decades apart, Steig crustily introduces his Mom, his Pop, and his childhood world—a world where "there were almost no electric lights, cars or telephones—and definitely no TV." Read full book review >

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HEPCAT by William Bramhall
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Even younger viewers will probably recognize the caricatured Pop icons, but that parade stops almost before it starts, and next to the likes of Mordicai Gerstein's What Charlie Heard (2002), the theme of music's ubiquity in the world all around gets a conventional rendition. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Thin in more ways than one, this debut from a newspaper cartoonist features a long, skinny feline beatnik in beret and shades, frantically searching for his suddenly lost groove. Read full book review >