Search Results: "Adam Thirlwell"


BOOK REVIEW

POLITICS by Adam Thirlwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Undergraduate ravings of this sort should be inflicted only on hapless editors or professors of creative writing."
A ménage à trois in contemporary London. Read full book review >

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THE ESCAPE by Adam Thirlwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2010

"At times arch and too clever, but so minutely perceptive that it all works."
Thirlwell, who made a splash in 2003 with a controversial debut novel (Politics), and earned a spot on Granta's Best Young British Writers list, returns with a portrait of the elderly satyr as an artist. Read full book review >

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LURID & CUTE by Adam Thirlwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Recent years have brought drug-drenched efforts from well-established artists Pynchon and Lethem. Perhaps the kindest thing one can say is that the talented Thirlwell has gotten his literary substance abuse out of his system at an earlier age."
In a pallid sort of noir, a boy-man lurches through an aimless series of small adventures and stumbles into criminal behavior that eventually exacts its comeuppance. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 22, 2008

"Often overwrought and ostentatious—like a love letter, which of course it is."
A brash, well-read British novelist contemplates the history of his craft, the nature of artistic influence, the complexities of translation and the literary lint caught in the convolutions of his own (figurative) navel. Read full book review >

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ROSALIND by Angela Thirlwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A model of popular Shakespearean scholarship: engagingly accessible and contagiously enthusiastic."
Thirlwell (Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown, 2010, etc.) turns to a fictional subject in her charming appraisal of the gender-bending protagonist of As You Like It. Read full book review >

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BOOK REPORT for History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Cover Story: Night and Day
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Past and Present
Anti-Bonus Factor: Mental Illness
Relationship Status: Let’s Be Friends

Cover Story: Night and Day

One boy walks in the night. The other, in the day. Never the twain shall meet.

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BOOK REVIEW

NAUGHTY KITTY! by Adam Stower
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"Funny enough to create sincere longings for a hapless house cat and its large rampaging cousin. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Is Lily's soft, tiny kitty wreaking havoc, or might there be an escaped tiger lurking about? Read full book review >

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FIRST FRENCH KISS by Adam Bagdasarian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"Perhaps other sons dealing with critical fathers can take heart in that message. (Short stories. 12+)"
An autobiographical short-story collection from Bagdasarian (Forgotten Fire, 2000) chronicles his childhood and adolescence. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE WOLF, UNDER THE DOG by Adam Rapp
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A certain grim humor sometimes relieves the heavy narrative, which does end with a gleam of hope for readers who have stuck with the long, disturbing story. (Fiction. YA)"
Like so many teen protagonists, Steve Nugent is struggling with his mother's death from cancer. Read full book review >

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THE COPPER ELEPHANT by Adam Rapp
Released: Nov. 30, 1999

"Often gripping, sometimes blackly funny in a squalid way, this will remind readers of Russell Hoban's Ridley Walker (1980) and other tales of post-apocalyptic devastation. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Envisioning a nightmarish future in which children deemed small or otherwise defective are worked to death breaking rocks, and the constant rain is so acid it raises blisters, Rapp (Buffalo Tree, 1997) crafts another lurid shocker. Read full book review >

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OVER THE UNDERWORLD by Adam Shaughnessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While the story's typical middle school troubles may drag, readers excited by plot twists and riddles will enjoy this book's mythical whodunit and anticipate future resolutions to its cliffhangers.(Fantasy. 8-12)"
In Book 2 of Shaughnessy's Unbelievable FIB series, Prudence Potts and friend ABE must solve another puzzle of mythical proportions: who murdered Odin's son Baldur? Read full book review >