Search Results: "Willie Morris"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Morris equally convincingly shows history weighing heavily, for once, on Hollywood. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A certain modesty of scope, a specificity of observation, and an adherence to the ingrained understanding of a native are what make this ``the-making-of'' story a surprisingly successful book about the legacy of the civil rights movement. Read full book review >

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NEW YORK DAYS by Willie Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Morris's pride, hurt and otherwise, is on every page—but disappointingly little of the cautionary tale of literary power that shades his whole story breaks free and takes over, or is allowed to be fascinating. (First printing of 25,000)"
Morris (The Courting of Marcus Dupree, 1983, etc.), Mississippi-born, was barely 30 when, in 1963, he took the helm of Harper's magazine and changed it from a genteel and respectable cultural warhorse into a writer-driven journalistic whiz-bang, publishing Mailer and Halberstam and everyone else who was pushing journalism into more plastic realms. Read full book review >

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TAPS by Willie Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2001

"A loving evocation of a bygone age, in a story that most likely provided more joy to Morris than it will to readers."
A lush, lazy tale of growing up in Mississippi during the Korean War, by the late author (1934-1999) of My Cat Spit McGee (1999), etc. Read full book review >

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MY CAT SPIT McGEE by Willie Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"From a man who was owned by a cat, a tender, melodious tribute."
The pleasurable confessions of a dog man gone ailurophile—that is, become a cat man—from Morris (The Ghosts of Medgar Evers, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1991

"Ruff displays an affecting sense of mission in passing along his own education, and a lovely ear for jive talk. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Compellingly well-told life and musical education of a jazz bassist/French-horn player who rose from rural Alabama poverty to being a world traveler, player with great jazz orchestras, and teacher at Yale. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Just one volume in Nelson's long story that remains much like its author: funny, inspirational and bawdy, with a well-honed sense of humor."
Legendary musician Nelson and his friends share a year's worth of stories, lyrics, riffs and dirty jokes. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN FREAK SHOW by Willie Geist
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A mostly bipartisan satire that caters to the lowest common denominator on both sides."
Chat-show host takes aim at American celebrity culture and modern politics. Read full book review >

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BASIC BROWN by Willie Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The scattershot narrative, breakneck gallop through topics large and small, seductive name-dropping and, above all, Brown's impregnable self-confidence add up to what feels like a genuine encounter with an unforgettable character."
The legendary California politician and power broker struts his stuff. Read full book review >

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THE FACTS OF LIFE by Willie Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2002

"The rest of it makes about as much sense."
Meandering, pointless, contemptibly delicious bag of potato chips by the great singer/storyteller. Read full book review >