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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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LET'S NOT DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Show and Tell and Tell and Tell
Bonus Factors: Time Travel, The Future
Relationship Status: Hot and (Mostly) Cold

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future

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HERE A TROPE, THERE A TROPE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: The Queen of Dark and Stormy Secrets

Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude

Anti-Bonus Factor: Dark Secret

Relationship Status: One Date Wonder

 

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

The cover is a nice callback to ...


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BETH ANN FENNELLY
by Rachel Sugar

Beth Ann Fennelly’s latest collection defies easy categorization. It is not poetry, though it is like poetry, and not essays, though it bears strong similarities, and it is likewise not fiction, though the pieces are as driven as short stories. “Micro-memoirs,” she calls them; flash-autobiography, prose snapshots as compressed as poems. Some a handful of pages, some ...


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