Search Results: "William Stadiem"


BOOK REVIEW

THE AUCTIONEER by Simon de Pury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"At times, the narrative reads like a gossip rag for the fabulously wealthy, but it's an enjoyable book that lets us live vicariously in the haut monde."
Renowned auctioneer de Pury presents a memoir full of gossip, anecdotes, and tales of the very, very rich. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2014

"A disjointed tale of society and its riches, dull and thrilling in about equal portions."
Another tell-all about money, power and the people who wield both, from Vanity Fair contributor Stadiem (co-author: Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A dull, gossipy rendering of days past, bereft of candor or narrative verve."
A post-mortem of Hollywood's lawless decade, rife with lawsuits, debauchery and some of the world's worst films. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1991

"Prolix and frequently repetitious, and vacillating from the scholarly to the snickering: a disappointing portrait of a potentially fascinating subject. (Photographs—not seen.)"
A sympathetic, if somewhat bifurcated, portrait of the deposed Egyptian playboy king. Read full book review >

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MR. S by George Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2003

"Deliciously gossipy, yet Sinatra is recalled with affection rather than spite."
As-told-to memoir of life with the famous crooner by his African-American Man Friday, lubricated with racy tales about the stars, the Kennedys, and the Mob. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTER OF THE KING by Sandra Lansky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"For a more mature and nuanced look at the life of Meyer Lansky and his family, look elsewhere. A good place to start: Robert Lacey's Little Man (1991)."
A biography of a true Mafia princess that leaves a lot to the imagination, despite assistance from veteran Hollywood chronicler Stadiem (Moneywood: Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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DON’T MIND IF I DO by George Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Flashy and funny, with flamboyance to burn, just like Hamilton."
Colorful, charismatic star of stage and screen recounts 50 years of the Hollywood life, with the assistance of veteran co-author Stadiem (Too Rich: The High Life and Tragic Death of King Farouk, 1991, etc.). 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

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 >