Search Results: "Allan H. Barr"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1989

Breezy, cheeky biography of the man who, as director of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), dominated modern art for decades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

H by Elizabeth Shepard
Released: April 1, 1995

"The impulse to utilize an innovative form is admirable, but the results are unfortunately shoddy."
This slim fictional collection of letters from, to, and about a disturbed 12-year-old boy reads more like a writing-class assignment than a debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 8, 1992

"Stick to the high ground of the original instead."
Sequelmania strikes again as Haire-Sargeant presumes upon Emily Brontâ's stark, strange masterpiece, delivering a story that achieves a slight success as a literary pastiche but never becomes a satisfying work of fiction in its own right. Read full book review >

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CHINA IN TEN WORDS by Yu Hua
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"More engaging than profound, Yu Hua's essays say much about the continuing enigma that is China."
Acclaimed Chinese novelist Yu Hua (Brothers, 2010, etc.) offers a series of essays that combine memoir and trenchant social critique. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRIES IN THE DRIZZLE by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"A grainy montage of suffering and survival, by turns morbid and mordant."
Now in English translation, the 1991 novel by bestselling Chinese author Yu Hua (To Live, 2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVENTH DAY by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Compelling moments and black humor go some way toward relieving the lugubrious funk of this episodic work, which might adapt well as a one-man show for John Leguizamo but falls short of being a fully realized novel."
In this melancholy view of the afterlife, dying without a burial place leaves a man in limbo, where he revisits his life through memories and the spirits he encounters. Read full book review >

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BOY IN THE TWILIGHT by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Menacing vignettes from a crowded, hardhearted corner of the globe."
Thirteen new translations of stories by one of China's most outspoken critics of the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"A punishing read, filled with righteous anger and fuzzy on details."
Veteran true-crime/entertainment scribe Schwarz (Hollywood Confidential: How the Studios Beat the Mob at Their Own Game, 2007, etc.) charts the lurid life and times of a stripper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALLAN STEIN by Matthew Stadler
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A hackneyed portrayal of gay lust: vacuous, pointless, and tasteless in the extreme."
A pedophilic fantasy by the popular gay novelist (The Sex Offender, 1994, etc.) whose earlier work showed signs of a vivid imagination rather reluctantly reined in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALLAN PINKERTON by James Mackay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1997

"More hagiography than biography, this rather lifeless narrative hardly represents a balanced portrayal of a controversial figure."
Mackay, a Scottish historian whose previous works include a biography of fellow Scot Robert Burns (1993), turns his attention to another Glaswegian, Allan Pinkerton. Read full book review >

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ALLAN PINKERTON by Carl R. Green
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"This well-documented entry in the Outlaws and Lawmen of the Wild West series will appeal more to less practiced readers than will Wormser's Pinkerton: America's First Private Eye (1990). (map, notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-11)"
The colorful life of the US's first private investigator is filled with contradictions: His reputation for honesty as a detective was unshakeable, but he embroidered freely on his adventures in his bestselling memoirs; he supported several popular causes and ran a station on the Underground Railroad, yet worked to smash the Molly Maguires. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Humor, math and poetry—who knew they were such a good combination? (Poetry/math. 8-12)"
Going a step beyond his Arithme-Tickle (illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, 2001), Lewis cleverly combines math and language arts with this collection of humorous poetry parodies that present readers with math word problems to solve. Read full book review >