Search Results: "Alan Bennett"


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Released: June 1, 2001

"Deft, light, observant, and very funny indeed."
English scriptwriter and story-maker Bennett (The Clothes They Stood Up In, 2001; The Madness of George III) offers three stories about the foibles of being human. Read full book review >

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THE UNCOMMON READER by Alan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"If, as the Queen discovers, reading is 'a muscle' that she has 'seemingly developed,' this novella reads like light calisthenics rather than heavy lifting."
A royal fable celebrating the transformative properties (and a few of the unsettling consequences) of reading as an obsession. Read full book review >

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A LIFE LIKE OTHER PEOPLE’S by Alan Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

"Fans of Bennett know what to expect—bracingly good prose, a well-seeded laugh here and there and much food for thought."
A relentlessly self-aware memoir by Bennett (The Uncommon Reader, 2007, etc.), that most inward-searching of dramatists and autobiographers. Read full book review >

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WRITING HOME by Alan Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Chatty, modest, and always entertaining. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This hefty volume of writings by one of the original Beyond the Fringe members reveals the contours and continuities in Bennett's seemingly haphazard subsequent career as a playwright and screenwriter (most recently for The Madness of King George). Read full book review >

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THE CLOTHES THEY STOOD UP IN by Alan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2001

"Short, pleasant, witty, and melancholy, though—á la Garrison Keillor—perhaps a richer treat for those who know and can hear the radio voice telling it."
A dryly amusing self-help parable—or shaggy-dog story—from English playwright (The Madness of George III) and scriptwriter Bennett, said to be "one of the most familiar voices on BBC radio." Read full book review >

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UNTOLD STORIES by Alan Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2006

"An informed mind and heart, a generous spirit—these are the human qualities that emerge on virtually every page of this splendid collection."
An eclectic, entertaining and shelf-bending collection of essays, memoirs, introductions, diaries and commentary from the noted English actor, playwright and art-lover. Read full book review >

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KEEPING ON KEEPING ON by Alan Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"'I am in the pigeon-hole marked ‘no threat,' ' Bennett writes of his reputation for niceness. 'And did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.' That may be debatable, but the good-naturedness in these engaging pages is proof of his current standing."
The third installment of diaries from the celebrated dramatist and author. Read full book review >

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SMUT by Alan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Odd and oddly charming."
Kinky hijinks rattle teacups among the British bourgeoisie in the latest from Bennett (The Uncommon Reader, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Well-researched, briskly written, full-bodied, and flavorful. (50 halftones and line drawings)"
A savory and spirited cultural history of caffeine, with summaries of pertinent scientific and medical research on the properties and effects of the world's drug of choice. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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UNDER THE BOARDWALK
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Cover Story: On the Waterfront
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 9
Talky Talk: Some Like It Hot
Bonus Factors: Santa Cruz, Classic Movies, Vintage Fashion
Relationship Status: From Here To Eternity

Cover Story: On the Waterfront

Much like Jenn Bennett’s first YA book, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, I find the ...


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ALAN BURDICK
by Gregory McNamee

Time is fleeting. Time flies. There’s never enough of it. With apologies to Irma Thomas, the greatest interpreter of the song “Time Is On My Side,” it’s really not.

We modern humans are bound to clocks, to having to be particular places at particular moments, to occupying certain points of the space-time continuum at, well, certain points. But thus ...


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