Search Results: "William Van Meter"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2009

"Readable enough, but disappointingly short on dramatic appeal or sociological insight."
Freelance journalist Van Meter recounts the grisly killing of an 18-year-old college student. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

4900 Nights by Homer Van Meter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2011

"An awkward beginning develops into a smooth account of multiple reincarnations as the author traces 'the silvery flecks of memories of people who used to be.'"
In his first nonfiction effort, Van Meter (Day of the Little Guy, 1996) documents the rise and fall of his past lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Uneven, but fitfully fascinating."
Magazine journalist Van Meter spins a rambling tale around the "ultimate connected guy." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NECESSARY EVIL by David A. Van Meter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1994

"Former TV producer Van Meter presents a compelling portrait of young Billy and the forces that shape him, but the adult Billy is less convincing and less interesting."
A boy is driven over the edge after witnessing the murder of his grandfather in this psychological thriller by the author of Body of Evidence (not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 24, 2012

"An expert's comprehensive, sobering investigation."
Career energy-reporter Maize scours decades of American nuclear policy and finds enough harebrained schemes to fill up an entire field of defunct missile silos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A treasure trove of early 20th-century political humor and social commentary still relevant today."
A book offers a collection of an American humorist's vivid writings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VAN by John Ball
Released: March 22, 1989

Ball's final novel (he died last October) is a sorry testament: neither is it one of his popular Virgil Tibbs mysteries (In the Heat of the Night, etc.) nor an addition to his Jack Tallon series, but a lumbering police procedural—loosely based on a real L.A. serial-killer case—saved from amateurism only by tight attention to cop-detail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Van Ripplewink by Paul Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"A serious novel with an amusing premise."
Clayton (In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc.) updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN MORRISON by Johnny Rogan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"Sprightly despite its amplitude, a narrative of propulsive drive that is also a reflective, associative piece of social history."
Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN GOGH by Steven Naifeh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Despite its exhaustive length, the book is brilliantly written and engaging, presenting a three-dimensional and larger-than-life portrait of the artist."
A gripping and almost certainly definitive account of the all-too-short life of a great artist who believed he was doomed to oblivion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN CLIBURN by Howard Reich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1993

"Prospective Cliburnites are better advised to invest in the CD re-release of his legendary performances of Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto and Rachmaninoff's second. (Illustrations—16 pp. color & b&w—not seen) (First printing of 35,000)"
The noted American pianist receives an overlong popular biography, stuffed with irritating detail on virtually every page. Read full book review >