Search Results: "Allan Metcalf"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"Farewell soccer moms, hello women of cover."
Language authority Metcalf (The World in So Many Words, 1999, etc.) entices readers into the quirky, sometimes mysterious process by which brand-new words and phrases emerge to define the times in which we live. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1999

"A well-written and -organized book on word origins for the global English speaker."
An entertaining and instructive etymological, around-the-world tour of English. Read full book review >

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Rambler Rose by Teri  Metcalf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2015

"A humorous and colorful, if unevenly paced, coming-of-age story."
Metcalf's memoir explores growing up in 1950s and '60s California with a complicated family. Read full book review >

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LUMINOUS by Dawn Metcalf
FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2011

"And there's little to Consuela's would-be romance with V. Only extreme fans of Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare and the like will find anything to enjoy here. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A confusing and at times just plain weird paranormal debut. Read full book review >

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AGAINST THE COUNTRY by Ben Metcalf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While Metcalf constantly impresses with his intelligence, his meta games and gnarly prose put such tough hurdles between the reader and this thorny parable of pain's memory that it's hard to see him winning more than a special, devoted audience."
A boy's school years in rural Virginia are marked by poverty, poultry, school bus torments and a brutish father, all of which would one day inspire him to tell his story with a ponderous postmodernist flair. Read full book review >

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A GUIDE TO SISTERS by Paula Metcalf
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Less a guide for preparation for a new baby than a humorous look at sibling dynamics for those who have weathered the storm and are now ready to laugh. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Thirteen tips explain sibling foibles, told from the perspective of one big sister to all big sisters everywhere. Read full book review >

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INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 30, 2013

"An uneven but eventually engaging story of first love, family drama and supernatural violence. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
"Meet cute" is more like meet violent when Joy Malone gets dragged into supernatural politics and ends up saving the world in this teen paranormal series starter. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The author is not much of a prose stylist, but he gives enough historical evidence to back the theory that political and social change are in the hands of activists willing to make a stand against conventional practices."
Thoughts on how "alternative institutions" could revamp American society. Read full book review >

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GENOA by Paul Metcalf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A welcome reappearance of an influential sui generis story."
A reissue of the 1965 cult classic by Metcalf (1917-1999) that weaves together stories by Herman Melville, Christopher Columbus, and an emotionally rattled narrator. Read full book review >

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THE MUSEUM AT THE END OF THE WORLD by John Metcalf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Metcalf applies wit, humor, and fine writing to themes of friendship, culture, commitment, and integrity—and all the petty things in life that seek to quash them. This is a book that could restore anyone's faith in the pleasure of reading."
These four related fictions follow a British boy's coming-of-age and his older self enduring a world that rarely lives up to his standards. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"But the message is clear: An initially unconcerned community banded together and took steps that led to their current fame as a model of environmental action; we other residents of the island that is planet Earth can do that, too. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
An unidentified local inhabitant describes the process and some of the people responsible for the recent transformation of the Danish island of Samsø to energy self-sufficiency. Read full book review >