Search Results: "Barry Gifford"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SINALOA STORY by Barry Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A puzzling, rather inert, work."
One neo-noir thriller too many from Gifford (Baby Cat-Face, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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ARISE AND WALK by Barry Gifford
Released: July 7, 1994

"The author's attention span seems shorter than that of a 13- year-old MTV addict; Arise and Walk reads more like the literary equivalent of sound bites than a novel."
Gifford (Night People, 1992, etc.) starts off this patchwork quilt of insanity by pairing quotes from the Bible (from which the title is culled) and from filmmaker Sam Peckinpah: ``Despair is the only unforgivable sin, and it's always reaching for us.'' Somehow, in Gifford's fundamentally twisted world, Jesus and Peckinpah seem like a natural pairing. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 2010

"Young readers will find in Roy a worthy companion for a trip to a Chicago that doesn't exist anymore. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Forty-one stories bring postwar Chicago to life through the eyes of Gifford's alter-ego, Roy, who acts as a witness to a bygone era. Read full book review >

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NIGHT PEOPLE by Barry Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 1992

"Except that many might wish he'd stop quoting Faulkner."
The author of Sailor's Holiday, Wild at Heart, etc., has long since proven himself the king of fast-food surrealism. Read full book review >

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THE PHANTOM FATHER by Barry Gifford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

Gifford's baffling but enjoyable memoir of his father, a Chicago bookmaker and hoodlum, is stitched together with material from his earlier books and, admittedly, ``contains elements of fiction'' and is ``somewhat embroidered and colored.'' It's not always easy to discern the factual from the apocryphal, but novelist Gifford's (Baby Cat-Face, 1995, etc.) lively material makes that beside the point: Rudy Winston, owner of the Lake Shore Liquor and Drug Store at the corner of Chicago and Rush streets, was a fascinating, elusive character. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN FALLS by Barry Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Sporadic enjoyment is to be had, but too many of the sketches seem like back-file scrapings and unfinished outlines for solid power. Gifford provides some ecstatic highs and lows, but little remains afterward."
The prolific noir-ist (Wyoming, 2000, etc.) spits out his first "major" story collection. Read full book review >

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BABY CAT-FACE by Barry Gifford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Fine for fans of Gifford's caricatures and violent absurdity, but for most a predictable cocktail about life's losers, swirled gaudily together like layers of sweet liqueurs: It goes down easy but feels kind of awful afterward. (Author tour)"
A New Orleans lowlife novel by bohemian wannabe Gifford (Arise and Walk, 1994, etc.) that offers up a violent caricature of tabloid life and fundamentalist religionsall while striking a trendy pose of French decadence. Read full book review >

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WYOMING by Barry Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Short as it is, this one seems too long by far."
Continuing to cultivate the static side of his sensibilities, the prolific Gifford (The Sinaloa Story, 1998, etc.) here presents a road story featuring a mother and son who drive around the US for a few years, talking about life. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2007

"Strictly for the fan club."
A loosely fitting collection of shaggy-dog stories, anecdotes and book reports by novelist and screenwriter Gifford (The Stars Above Veracruz, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE STARS ABOVE VERACRUZ by Barry Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"An artful ride down dangerous roads."
Shorter and longer takes in a collection that makes only a brief stab at cohesion. Read full book review >

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LEDYARD by Bill Gifford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2007

"An enthusiastic account: Gifford clearly relishes the chance to retrace his idol's steps."
The travails of an elusive 18th-century traveler, brought to life by a biographer who goes to great lengths to get under his subject's skin. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST SACRIFICE by Thomas Gifford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"The players may be older, but the action hasn't slowed in this exciting sequel that was worth the wait."
Twenty years after The Wind Chill Factor, John Cooper goes to post-unification Germany and saves the world from the Fourth Reich- -again. Read full book review >