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“Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film” Gets a Thumbs Up from Midwest Book Review

June 17, 2013 1 comment


The first offical review of my book “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film” is a good one. The review is courtesy of the Midwest Book Review and appears in the June 2013 issue of its online book review magazine “Reviewer’s Bookwatch”:

“Cultural journalist Leo Adam Biga presents Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film – A Reporter’s Perspective 1998-2012, a nonfiction chronicle of the career of world-renowned film writer-director Alexander Payne, from when Biga first noticed his extraordinary talent at an art cinema to the present day. Payne has created a number of critically acclaimed projects including “Citizen Ruth”, “Election”, “About Schmidt”, “Sideways”, and “The Descendants”. Drawn from Biga’s analysis of Payne’s works, to interviews, testimony from Payne’s closest collaborators, the opportunity to visit one of Payne’s film sets for a week, and much more, Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film is a “must-have” for movie aficionados with a keen interest in Payne’s work, as well as a window into the creative process of a twenty-first century cinema artist.”
–Willis M. Buhle, Reviewer

The book may be ordered off my blog,  If you’re on the blog now, just go to the upper right hand corner of the screen to access the order site.  If you’re reading this on Facebook or LinkedIn or Google or some other cyber landing strip, then simply go to
The book continues to gain fans and I’m sure interest in it will only grow as Payne’s “Nebraska” gets more screenings and reviews come late summer through the fall.  “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film” makes a great gift for any film lover, whether that’s you or a friend or a loved one.  With “Nebraska” Payne is only going to grow in stature as a cinema artist.  It’s fair to expect that the film will earn many Golden Globe and Oscar nominations and will likely win its fair share of these and other awards too.  In anticipation of that and all the buzz suew ro surround the film and Payne, this is a great time to get the book and to steep yourself in the Payne canon.  You will have Payne trivia at the ready to impress your fellow film buffs with and it stands a good chance of being a collector’s item.
The book is also available on Amazon and and for Kindle and other e-reader devices.  You can also purchase it at The Bookworm and at Our Bookstore in Omaha.
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