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Marley Story Optioned by Weinstein

March 4, 2008 admin 0

Variety reports that the Weinstein Company has optioned rights to Rita Marley’s 2004 autobiography No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley (Hyperion), “with plans to develop and produce a biopic about the legendary Jamaican singer.” The project is in early development, with a late 2009 release date anticipated. Published by Hyperion in 2004, book chronicles the couple’s tempestuous marriage, which began in 1966 and weathered numerous separations and affairs, the birth of four […]

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Author Snapshot: Kevin Bazzana

February 27, 2008 admin 2

Music historian and biographer Kevin Bazzana holds a Ph.D. in music history from UC Berkeley, a degree he puts to careful use in creating beautiful and lucid biographies of musical characters you just don’t think about every day. Not for this author either Madonna or Chopin: the objects of his interest tend to the more esoteric, the less known. Bazzana’s first two books focused on various aspects of the life and work of Glenn Gould. […]

Review: The First Total War by David A. Bell

February 26, 2008 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s non-fiction section, contributing editor Aaron Blanton reviews The First Total War by David A. Bell. Says Blanton: In The First Total War, Bell suggests that though in the self-involved current age, we tend to think about the century just past as the one that caused all the trouble, it was the Napoleonic era that laid the groundwork for war as we would all come to know it. Or, as Bell himself […]

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Second Edition of Popular Parenting Book Announced

February 12, 2008 admin 1

Back in 2000, we reviewed and liked How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children by Dr. Gerald Newmark. “How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children feels like the culmination of a lifetime’s work and learning,” we said at the time. “A slender volume that nonetheless manages to get straight to the heart of the matter.” A quarter of a million copies and nine years later, Newmark announces a second edition of his bestselling book “with an expanded […]

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Speaking of Cuba…

February 7, 2008 admin 0

Talking about Havana puts us in mind of a book that really takes a special moment to warrant its discussion. After all, it’s not everyone who’s going to care about Fidel Castro Reader (Ocean Press, edited by David Deutschmann and Deborah Shnookal), but if you’re one of those, you’ll care very much. It truly is an essential resource for those who like to fancy they know a lot about Cuba’s charismatic dictator and the world […]

Review: Good Food Tastes Good by Carol Hart

February 6, 2008 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s non-fiction section, contributing editor Diane Leach reviews Good Food Tastes Good by Carol Hart. Says Leach: Where the self-help market was once awash in love books — how to fall in, how to fall out, how to survive or thrive, we are now deluged with treatises dwelling on another unavoidable human pastime: eating. The average reader cannot walk into a bookshop, open a paper, or log online without falling over the […]

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Writing For Love

February 3, 2008 admin 0

Have you ever thought about writing a love story? Have you ever read a romance novel and wondered if you could write one? Do you have a story you want to tell, but don’t know how to begin? Have you ever wondered if a newcomer can break into the romance market? These are some of the questions Vanessa Grant asks and answers in the third edition of Writing Romance (Self-Counsel Press). This edition is published […]

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Best Books of 2007: Non-Fiction

December 13, 2007 admin 0

America, 1908: The Dawn of Flight, the Race to the Pole, the Invention of the Model T and the Making of a Modern Nation by Jim Rasenberger (Scribner) 320 pagesWe think of our own times as being the fastest-paced, most astonishing in American history. But people living in 1908, the subject of ex-Vanity Fair editor Rasenberger’s delightful new book, must have felt the same. Packed into that single 12-month period were Henry Ford’s introduction of […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Fiction

December 4, 2007 admin 0

Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy A. Cordery (Viking) 608 pagesBrash but beautiful, an assiduous rules-breaker known for smoking in public and speaking her mind, Alice Longworth, the oldest child of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, turned a desire to gain her father’s attention into a determination to influence politicians for most of the 20th century. She wed a Republican congressman from Ohio, who went on to become […]

Review: An Uncertain Inheritance edited by Nell Casey

November 28, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s non-fiction section, contributing editor Diane Leach reviews An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family edited by Nell Casey. Says Leach: Editor Nell Casey set herself an unpleasant task: that of collecting war stories, a few from the victims, but most from their parents and children and spouses. In light of the ageing population, giving rise to the expression “sandwich generation,” and an appalling war with an even more appalling number […]