Search Results: "Ann Charters"


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THE PORTABLE SIXTIES READER by Ann Charters
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A 25-page chronology of the decade will prove useful for those born after 1960, as well as offering forgotten tidbits for middle-aged and elderly readers."
Kerouac biographer and veteran anthologist Charters (The Portable Beat Reader, not reviewed, etc.) successfully conveys the atmosphere of the 1960s for those who lived through it, and those who did not. Read full book review >

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Released: June 5, 2001

"In her preface, Charters aims to celebrate 'the diversity of voices involved with this literary movement as it developed in post-World War II America.' Mission accomplished, and admirably so."
More than 700 pages of pure Beat pleasure. Read full book review >

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JACK KEROUAC by Jack Kerouac
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"If you do care, this book is indispensable to your understanding of Kerouac; if you don't, reread his fiction, which is so autobiographical that it at times makes the letters redundant."
The second of a two-volume set of Kerouac's interminable correspondence, containing letters from the publication of On the Road until his death. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"An affectionate but shapeless character sketch, lacking both the revelatory punch of exposÇ and the insight and interest of a developed novel."
Charters (Louisiana Black, 1986; Jelly Roll Morton's Last Night at the Jungle Inn, 1983, etc.) creates an imaginary phone conversation between a young, newly famous Elvis and his adored mother, after the notorious appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in which Elvis got his convention-shaking pelvis chopped off. ``Now, Momma, you got to understand I didn't have no idea what all those camera people were doing when the show went out over the air.'' So begins a lulling nightlong conversation between the boy who would be King and his insomniac, famously overattached mama Gladys. Read full book review >

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Shanty Gold by Jeanne Charters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A gripping but uneven story of a young woman obtaining her independence in a new land."
An Irish immigrant forges a new life in a turbulent time in Charters' debut novel. Read full book review >

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LOOKING UPWARD by Olivia Charters
Released: March 7, 2012

"The curious, thoughtful Rabbit encourages kids to look up at the sky and dream."
A rabbit discovers a world of color, love, knowledge and mysteries in Charters' debut.Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Well told but let's hope it's just a warm-up for the big business novel Charters clearly has in him."
Debut British paperback entitled No Tears: Tales from the Square Mile, now renamed and seen here in hardcover, contains a portfolio of stories set against the world of London high finance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

THE DAY IS SO LONG AND THE WAGES SO SMALLMusic on a Summer IslandCharters, Samuel Read full book review >

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SPRING CLEANING, AWESOME READING
by Bobbi Dumas

Are you a Spring Cleaner? Is this the time you go through closets and boxes, wash windows and pack away clothes?

The weather in Wisconsin has been a little erratic the past couple of months, so I’m hesitant to put away any warm clothes just yet. However my awesome husband has had some time off this month and has decided ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WATCH WILLIAM WALK by Ann Jonas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Text and illustrations are perfectly synchronized. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Jonas (The 13th Clue, 1992, etc.) pens an alliterative, winning work about the letter W. The simple story features two children, William and Wilma, a big black dog, Wally, and a white duck, Wanda. Read full book review >

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HOW TO DIE OF EMBARRASSMENT EVERY DAY by Ann Hodgman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 10, 2011

"Rueful, funny and nostalgic, this will ring true to parents and grandparents and may be even more appealing to them than to a child readership—whose impression of the 1960s will be very different. (Memoir. 9-12)"
Hodgman looks back humorously at her 1960s childhood in the Rochester, N.Y., area, recalling incidents that pained her at the time or seem embarrassing in retrospect. Read full book review >