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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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STOOL WIVES by William F. Van Wert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 1996

"A high concept that tries hard to dazzle and amuse but, unfortunately, doesn't."
A labored, jokey tale with an African setting. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? by William Van Wert
Released: July 1, 1996

"A wonderfully fresh voice."
Van Wert (Stool Wives, p. 485, etc.) offers Hiram Walker, Florida trailer-park resident and engaging spokesman for the ``foreign country'' of old age: an everyman figure with a down-to- earth attitude living in the end zone. Read full book review >

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DON'T BUNCH UP by William Van Zanten
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"An alum's splendid, personal tribute to an elite fighting force."
Thanks to its rigorous training and discipline, which engenders esprit as well as confidence bordering on cocksureness, the US Marine Corps ranks among the world's greatest fraternities. 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

A HOUSE BY THE RIVER by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"A quiet book—though not one to hand to children in the flood-wracked Midwest—with an unassuming, but sturdy, message. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Miller (The Knee-High Man, 1996) finds metaphors in the smooth shell of an egg, in a storm, and in the family bonds with those who have passed away to tell the story of the house that shelters Belinda and her mother from the forces outside their door. Read full book review >