Search Results: "Alec Wilkinson"


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MR. APOLOGY by Alec Wilkinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"A deft and memorable collection with both focus and elbow room from a class act in the world of magazine journalism."
Twenty-one stylish, purposeful, wide-ranging, and carefully wrought essays, most previously published in the New Yorker. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2009

"Wilkinson strikes exactly the right notes in this deft look at one of America's towering musical treasures."
An economical, unsentimental, illuminating look at the venerable folk singer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2007

"A disarmingly earnest portrait of an enigmatic figure."
The life and times of itinerant wanderer and vagabond extraordinaire David Pearlman, better known in some circles as Poppa Neutrino. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2002

"Wilkinson learned well from his mentor and brings that emotive, sympathetic bearing, beautiful and melancholy, with great immediacy to this homage."
A lovely tribute to novelist and New Yorker editor William Maxwell (1908-2000), who was for many years a mentor to Wilkinson (A Violent Act, 1993, etc.), as well as a neighbor, a father figure, and a friend. Read full book review >

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A VIOLENT ACT by Alec Wilkinson
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 8, 1993

"Wilkinson's deceptively simple account of it is uncommonly thought-provoking and, using not one wasted word, exemplifies the writer's art."
Superb chronicle of a homicidal madman who terrorized a small midwestern town. Read full book review >

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THE RIVERKEEPER by Alec Wilkinson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 1991

"Overall, skillfully wrought, evocative insights into little- known arenas of American life."
In three portraits, two reprinted from The New Yorker, Wilkinson (Big Sugar, 1989; Moonshine, 1985, etc.) examines the lives of people who earn their living on the water. ``The Blessing of the Fleet'' finds Wilkinson traveling to Provincetown, where for generations Portuguese-Americans have fished the waters off Cape Cod. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Beautifully focused and composed."
A tidy, methodical look into some of the perilous expeditions to the Arctic, especially S.A. Andrée's ill-fated hydrogen-balloon expedition of 1897. Read full book review >

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ALEC GUINNESS by Piers Paul Read
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2005

"A solid if sometimes digressive portrait of a stoic, hardworking player, never really influential but certainly memorable."
In which living as Obi-Wan Kenobi proves to be the best revenge. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"An often-charming love letter to a storied institution, but offered with a grain of salt."
What happens when your high-school crush isn't another student, but the high school itself? Read full book review >

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A POSITIVELY FINAL APPEARANCE by Alec Guinness
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"At its worst quotidian, at its best high art, from an actor who has earned the name of writer."
The retired actor muses with humble precision on the little details of his life; the results are sometimes mundane, often witty, and occasionally transcendent. Read full book review >

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME by Alec Gillman
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Jan. 31, 1993

"For baseball history buffs of all ages. (Picture book. 5+)"
The rollicking, perennially popular song, written in 1908- -with Jack Norworth's lyrics and the chords for the chorus included, plus ``The [two] Original Verses,'' but not the tune to go with them. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE CITY by Alec Michod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2004

"First-novel atmospherics and setting are done to a turn. It's the cast that's undercooked."
A grisly serial killer—they don't call him the Husker for nothing—stalks the 1893 Chicago's World's Fair. Read full book review >