by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan
by James Kaplan
October 26, 2011 In fiction, Paul Auster sets a family story against the housing crisis and Garrison Keillor looks at a Midwestern holiday blizzard. In nonfiction, Lewis Black goes on a USO tour of Afghanistan and Iraq, Frank Sinatra gets a new biography and Jenna McCarthy redefines lust and love with a comic wink.
February 28, 2011 Literary theorist Stanley Fish is obsessed with Frank Sinatra — and he's not afraid to admit it. For his Ol' Blue Eyes fix, Fish reads James Kaplan's lengthy biography Frank: The Voice. The story isn't new, but he can't resist imagining himself in the high-flying world of the legendary crooner.
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November 9, 2010 Frank Sinatra was not only a singular talent but a master schemer, according to James Kaplan's new biography of the crooner. He was willing to use anyone — even the mob — to "grasp the brass ring" of success.
October 25, 2005 From 1950 to 1956, the team of Martin and Lewis were America's favorite entertainers. A new memoir from Jerry Lewis details how their 10-year partnership was destroyed. Dean and Me: A Love Story details life behind the scenes of 16 films and numerous TV and club shows.
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