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Bill’s Book Reviews

During the 1990s and 2000s, I did a lot of book reviews. I only review books I want to nowadays, and when I have the time. (Yes, this page is screwed up. I’ve been working on straightening it out, but WordPress, which makes it so easy to use, makes it difficult to tweak, especially someone else’s plugins.)

These books are listed by their title and author

Biography authors titles
Comics & Graphic Novels authors titles
History authors titles
Hollywood authors titles
Humor authors titles
Literary Fiction authors titles
Mysteries & Thrillers authors titles
Other Non-Fiction authors titles
Paperback Fiction authors titles
Popular Fiction authors titles
Reference authors titles
Romance authors titles
Science Fiction & Fantasy authors titles
True Crime authors titles

BIOGRAPHY AUTHORS
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Beahm, George
   The Stephen King Story.
Bryson, Bill
   Shakespeare: The World as Stage.
Collins, Ronald and David Skover
   The Trials of Lenny Bruce.
Duncan, Dayton and Ward, Geoffrey C.
   Mark Twain.
Dangerfield, Rodney
   It’s Not Easy Being Me: A Lifetime of No Respect.
Freeman, Judith
   The Long Embrace.
Hirshenson, Janet and Jane Jenkins
   A Star is Found.
James, Eloisa
   Paris in Love. (Travel memoir)
O’Toole, Peter
   Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice.
Reynolds, Barbara
   Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Work.
Thompson, Dino
   Greek Boy. (Memoir, Jewish, 1950s, South Carolina)
Thomson, David
   Nicole Kidman.
Vaill, Amanda
   They Were Beautiful Once, and Young. (Gerald and Sara Murphy)
Wolcott, James
   Lucking Out. (’70s memoir)


Biography Titles
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Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul
   Barbara Reynolds
Greek Boy (Memoir, Jewish, 1950s, South Carolina)
   Dino Thompson
It’s Not Easy Being Me:
A Lifetime of No Respect

   Rodney Dangerfield
Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice
   Peter O’Toole
The Long Embrace
   Judith Freeman
Lucking Out. (’70s memoir)
   James Wolcott
Mark Twain
   Dayton Duncan and Geoffrey C. Ward
Nicole Kidman
   David Thomson
Paris in Love (Travel memoir)
   Eloisa James
Shakespeare: The World as Stage
   Bill Bryson
A Star is Found
   Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins
The Stephen King Story
   George Beahm
They Were Beautiful Once, and Young
(Gerald and Sara Murphy)
   Amanda Vaill
The Trials of Lenny Bruce
   Ronald Collins and David Skover


COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS AUTHORS
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Columbia, Al
   Pim & Francie
Foster, Hal
   Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938
Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale
   Rapunzel’s Revenge


COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS TITLES
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Pim & Francie
   Al Columbia
Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938
   Hal Foster
Rapunzel’s Revenge
   Shannon and Dean Hale


HISTORY AUTHORS

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Baxter, John
   Carnal Knowledge: Baxter’s Concise Encyclopedia of Modern Sex
Brackett, D.W.
   Holy Terror (Aum Shinri Kyo cult)
Burrows, Edwin G.
and Mike Wallace

   Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
Conolly, Peter and Hazel Dodge
   The Ancient City: Life in Classical Athens and Rome
Connolly, S.J.
   The Oxford Companion to Irish History
Johnson, Clint
   Civil War Blunders
Keegan, John
   The Iraq War
Lopate, Phillip
   Writing New York: A Literary Anthology
Silverman, David P.
   Ancient Egypt
Spitz, Bob
   The Beatles
Thomas, Samuel N. Jr., Jason H. Silverman and David Jackson Logan
   A Rising Star Of Promise: The Wartime Diary And Letter Of David Jackson Logan, 17th South Carolina Volunteers 1861-1864


HISTORY TITLES

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The Ancient City: Life in Classical Athens and Rome
   Peter Connolly and Hazel Dodge
Ancient Egypt
   David P. Silverman
The Beatles
   Bob Spitz
Carnal Knowledge: Baxter’s Concise Encyclopedia of Modern Sex
   John Baxter
Civil War Blunders
   Clint Johnson
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
   Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
Holy Terror (Aum Shinri Kyo cult)
   D.W. Brackett
The Iraq War
   John Keegan
The Oxford Companion to Irish History
   S.J. Connolly (editor)
A Rising Star Of Promise: The Wartime Diary And Letter Of David Jackson Logan, 17th South Carolina Volunteers 1861-1864
   Samuel N. Thomas Jr., Jason H. Silverman and David Jackson Logan
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology
   Phillip Lopate (editor)

HOLLYWOOD AUTHORS
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Hirshenson, Janet and Jane Jenkins
   A Star is Found.
O’Toole, Peter
   Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice.
Ryder, Rob
   Hollywood Jock.


HOLLYWOOD TITLES
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Hollywood Jock
   Rob Ryder
Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice
   Peter O’Toole
A Star is Found
   Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins


HUMOR AUTHORS
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Dangerfield, Rodney
   It’s Not Easy Being Me: A Lifetime of No Respect
Ventura, Varla
   The Book of the Bizarre


HUMOR TITLES
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The Book of the Bizarre
   Varla Ventura
It’s Not Easy Being Me: A Lifetime of No Respect
   Rodney Dangerfield


LITERARY FICTION AUTHORS

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Esquivel, Laura
   Malinche
Foer, Jonathan Safran
   Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Library of America
   Crime Novels of the 1930s and ’40s / Crime Novels of the 1950s
McCarthy, Cormac
   No Country for Old Men
Murakami, Haruki
   Sputnik Sweetheart
Nabokov, Vladimir
   Library of America multi-volume set
Raphael, Lev
   The German Money
   Secret Anniversaries of the Heart
O’Brian, Flann
   The Third Policeman
Payne, Daivd
   Early From the Dance
Ravenel, Shannon
   New Voices From the South
Wallace, Daniel
   Big Fish
Wenzel, Kurt
   Lit Life


LITERARY FICTION TITLES

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Big Fish
   Daniel Wallace
Crime Novels of the 1930s and ’40s / Crime Novels of the 1950s
   Library of America
Early From the Dance
   David Payne
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
   Jonathan Safran Foer
Lit Life
   Kurt Wenzel
Malinche
   Laura Esquivel
The German Money
   Lev Raphael
Nabokov (multi-volume edition)
   Vladimir Nabokov
New Voices From the South
   Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
No Country for Old Men
   Cormac McCarthy
Secret Anniversaries of the Heart
   Lev Raphael
Sputnik Sweetheart
   Haruki Murakami
The Third Policeman
   Flann O’Brien

Mysteries & Thrillers Authors
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Mysteries & Thrillers Titles
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OTHER NON-FICTION AUTHORS
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Adams, Mark
   Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Beckerman, Marty
   Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots
Bradley, Ian
   The Complete Annotated Gilbert & Sullivan
Browning, W.R.F.
   The Dictionary of the Bible
Corriher, Shirley
   Cookwise
Darwin, Charles
   Darwin: The Indelible Stamp: The Evolution of an Idea
Hirshenson, Janet and Jane Jenkins
   A Star is Found.
Jenkins, Emyl
   From Storebought to Homemade
Largo, Michael
   Genius and Heroin
Linenger, Jerry
   Off the Planet
Mayle, Peter
   French Lessons
   Provence A-Z
Mental Floss
   Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control the Weather, Perform Your Own Surgery, Get Out of Jury Duty, Identify a Witch, Colonize a Nation, Impress A Girl, Make a Zombie, Start Your Own Religion
Reynolds, David West
   Kennedy Space Center: Gateway to Space
Ryder, Rob
   Hollywood Jock.
Shaw, Tucker
   Everything I Ate: A Year In The Life Of My Mouth
Stringer, Jenny
   The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English
Walt Disney Corp.
   Pocahontas
   Since the World Began
   Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real


OTHER NON-FICTION TITLES
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Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control the Weather, Perform Your Own Surgery, Get Out of Jury Duty, Identify a Witch, Colonize a Nation, Impress A Girl, Make a Zombie, Start Your Own Religion
   Mental Floss
The Complete Annotated Gilbert & Sullivan
   Ian Bradley
Cookwise
   Shirley Corriher
Darwin: The Indelible Stamp: The Evolution of an Idea
   Charles Darwin
The Dictionary of the Bible
   W.R.F. Browning
Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots
   Marty Beckerman
Everything I Ate: A Year In The Life Of My Mouth
   Tucker Shaw
French Lessons
   Peter Mayle
Genius and Heroin
   Michael Largo
Hollywood Jock
   Rob Ryder
Kennedy Space Center: Gateway to Space
   David West Reynolds
Off the Planet
   Jerry Linenger
The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English
   Jenny Stringer (ed.)
Pocahontas
   Walt Disney Corp.
Provence A-Z
   Peter Mayle
Since the World Began
   Walt Disney Corp.
A Star is Found
   Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins
From Storebought to Homemade
   Emyl Jenkins
Turn Right at Machu Picchu
   Mark Adams
Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real
   Walt Disney Corp.


PAPERBACK FICTION AUTHORS
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Holt, Tom
   Expecting Someone Taller
Rose, M.J.
   The Venus Fix


PAPERBACK FICTION TITLES
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Expecting Someone Taller
   Tom Holt
The Venus Fix
   M.J. Rose


POPULAR FICTION AUTHORS

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Archer, Jeffrey
   False Impression
Blachman, Jeremy
   Anonymous Lawyer
Carter, Stephen L.
   The Emperor of Ocean Park
Dias, Dexter
   Error of Judgment
Fraser, George Macdonald
   Flashman and the Mountain of Light
Goldsmith, Olivia
   The Bestseller
Grisham, John
   Skipping Christmas
Hiaasen, Carl
   Nature Girl
   Skinny Dip
Kanon, Joseph
   Los Alamos
Kennedy, Joseph
   The Big Picture
Lerner, Eric
   Pinkerton in Love
Malmont, Paul
   The Chinatown Death-Cloud Peril
Rubenfeld, Jed
   The Interpretation of Murder
Thompson, Wille
   Scratch Golfer


POPULAR FICTION TITLES

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Anonymous Lawyer
   Jeremy Blachman
The Bestseller
   Olivia Goldsmith
The Big Picture
   Joseph Kennedy
The Chinatown Death-Cloud Peril
   Paul Malmont
The Emperor of Ocean Park
   Stephen L. Carter
Error of Judgment
   Dexter Dias
False Impression
   Jeffrey Archer
Flashman and the Mountain of Light
   George Macdonald Fraser
The Interpretation of Murder
   Jed Rubenfeld
Los Alamos
   Joseph Kanon
Nature Girl
   Carl Hiaasen
Pinkerton in Love
   Eric Lerner
Scratch Golfer
   Wille Thompson
Skinny Dip
   Carl Hiaasen
Skipping Christmas
   John Grisham


Reference Authors
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Baxter, John
   Carnal Knowledge: Baxter’s Concise Encyclopedia of Modern Sex
Largo, Michael
   Genius and Heroin
Mental Floss
   Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control the Weather, Perform Your Own Surgery, Get Out of Jury Duty, Identify a Witch, Colonize a Nation, Impress A Girl, Make a Zombie, Start Your Own Religion
Ventura, Varla
   The Book of the Bizarre


Reference Titles
top
Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control the Weather, Perform Your Own Surgery, Get Out of Jury Duty, Identify a Witch, Colonize a Nation, Impress A Girl, Make a Zombie, Start Your Own Religion
   Mental Floss
The Book of the Bizarre
   Varla Ventura
Carnal Knowledge: Baxter’s Concise Encyclopedia of Modern Sex
   John Baxter
Genius and Heroin
   Michael Largo


ROMANCE AUTHORS
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Quick, Amanda
   Wait Until Midnight


ROMANCE TITLES
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Wait Until Midnight
   Amanda Quick


SCIENCE FICTION
& FANTASY AUTHORS

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Adams, Douglas
   Mostly Harmless
Gaiman, Neil
   Fragile Things
Goldberg, Lee
   Dead Space (a.k.a. Beyond the Beyond)
Heinlein, Robert
   Space Cadet
Holt, Tom
   Expecting Someone Taller
Robinson, Spider
   Callahan’s Legacy
Scalzi, John
   Old Man’s War


SCIENCE FICTION
& FANTASY TITLES

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Callahan’s Legacy
   Spider Robinson
Dead Space (a.k.a. Beyond the Beyond)
   Lee Goldberg
Expecting Someone Taller
   Tom Holt
Fragile Things
   Neil Gaiman
Mostly Harmless
   Douglas Adams
Old Man’s War
   John Scalzi
Space Cadet
   Robert Heinlein


TRUE CRIME AUTHORS
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Bass Bill and Jon Jefferson
   Beyond the Body Farm
Finney, Jack
   Forgotten News: The Crime of the Century and Other Forgotten Stories
Hannigan, William J.
   New York Noir: Crime Photos from the Daily News Archive
Mauriello, Thomas P.
   The Dollhouse Murders
Sante, Luc
   Evidence


TRUE CRIME WRITERS
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Beyond the Body Farm
   Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson
The Dollhouse Murders
   Thomas P. Mauriello
Evidence
   Luc Sante
Forgotten News: The Crime of the Century and Other Forgotten Stories
   Jack Finney
New York Noir: Crime Photos from the Daily News Archives
   William J. Hannigan