Search Results: "Alan Cumyn"


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TILT by Alan Cumyn
CLASSICS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"The comedy and drama are both mild, but the two eminently likable teens at the center of it look capable of keeping heads and hearts in balance in a world subject to sudden tilts. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Almost despite himself, 16-year-old Stan emerges with flying colors from a week of sweet confusion, domestic turmoil and momentous tests of character. Read full book review >

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LOSING IT by Alan Cumyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Rich, witty, outrageous fun: Canadian author Cumyn, in his US debut, is not afraid to go over the top for effect, but he is patient and painstaking enough to bring off a coherent and well-thought-out storyline."
A riotous tale of sexual perversities in Ottawa and the afflictions of Job as they are visited upon a hapless middle-aged college professor. Read full book review >

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HOT PTERODACTYL BOYFRIEND by Alan Cumyn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 22, 2016

"A first in interspecies love stories? (Romance. 14-18)"
Never say never. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIFE OF OWEN SKYE by Alan Cumyn
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"It's not exactly venturesome writing, but Hurwitz fans and other readers who prefer to stay in familiar territory will enjoy following the ups and down of this closely knit trio of siblings. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A middle child muddles through one minor mishap after another in this Canadian author's lightweight, low-key debut for young readers. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"His own story, however, turns out to be mundane. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Alexander sets a standard of thoroughness for future works on Paton, but the treasures unearthed by his impressive research are few and far between in this tell-too-much biography. Read full book review >

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LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >

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ALAN LOMAX by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Despite its wealth of detail, this is a portrait left half-painted."
Overdue, hagiographic biography of the folk-song collector. Read full book review >

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ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >

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CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR by Zachary Karabell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2004

"A dry life of a dry man, with a few intriguing glimpses into the Gilded Age."
An unmemorable president earns a fitting biography. Read full book review >

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ALAN J. PAKULA by Jared Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Like Pakula's films, Brown's biography is specific, carefully assembled and straightforward, but also sometimes tepid and flatly written."
A workmanlike study of a workmanlike filmmaker. Read full book review >

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'LEAVE THAT CRICKET BE, ALAN LEE' by Barbara Ann Porte
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

Like Barbara Dugan's (above), a book that asks the question: ``Can an insect find happiness in a jar?'' (and from the same publisher, yet). Read full book review >

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ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD by Eric Bell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The potential horrors of white, middle-class, suburban public school are well-documented and creatively managed here, though readers could easily come away either contented or depressed. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Alan Cole starts out as a coward but doesn't end as one in this harrowing but inspiring debut. Read full book review >