Search Results: "Benjamin Taylor"


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PROUST by Benjamin Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Though brief, a densely packed and rewarding book."
A sensitive study of literature's favorite neurasthenic. Read full book review >

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THE HUE AND CRY AT OUR HOUSE by Benjamin Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"An occasionally problematic but mostly sage memoir from an elegant writer."
Taylor (Proust: The Search, 2015, etc.) leans on gay and Jewish perspectives to craft a memoir of 1963-1964, with the touchstones of his youth still resonating today. Read full book review >

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DEBRIEFING by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Like Guy Davenport's, similarly influenced by European modernist models, Sontag's stories can be arch, smart, and elegant—if sometimes a touch arid. For all that, a welcome collection."
Nearly 40 years after I, etcetera, a new collection of short fiction from the noted essayist and critic, revealing her to be indeed "an occasional rather than a habitual writer of short stories." Read full book review >

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NAPLES DECLARED by Benjamin Taylor
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2012

"Packed with elegant aperçus and vibrant with the author's rueful understanding that 'Naples the glorious and Naples the ghastly have always been one place.'"
From novelist/essayist/editor Taylor (The Book of Getting Even, 2009, etc.), an idiosyncratic, atmospheric portrait of "the great open-air theater of Europe." Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF GETTING EVEN by Benjamin Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2008

"An intellectual peep show whose ultimate meaning remains elusive."
Taylor's second novel (Tales Out of School, 1995) is an inconsequential story, with considerable pretensions, about a brainy gay Jewish astronomy student, his brainy best friends (twins) and their super-brainy parents. Read full book review >

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SAUL BELLOW by Benjamin Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2010

"Alas, that letter is not in this book."
I didn't ask to write about Saul Bellow: Letters so I could mention that I once received a letter from the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist. Read full book review >

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TALES OUT OF SCHOOL by Benjamin Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

"A beautifully rendered, moving, original debut. (Author tour)"
A luminous debut novel set in turn-of-the-century Galveston, Texas, the first fiction from this small literary press. Read full book review >

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THERE IS SIMPLY TOO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT by Saul Bellow
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 31, 2015

"This comprehensive collection illuminates Bellow's sense of his own identity and his changing world."
A nonfiction collection celebrates the centennial of Saul Bellow's (1915-2005) birth. Read full book review >

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NO ONE REMEMBERS YOUR NAME, WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) (ISBN13: 978-0-316-34168-4) by Laini Taylor

Cover Story: Sparklemoth Split
BFF Charm: Yay x2
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Dreams of Libraries and Godspawn
Bonus Factors: Librarians, Tasty Business
Relationship Status: Missing My Other Half

Cover Story: Sparklemoth Split

Although I’m not crazy about the font, this is such a pretty ...


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CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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FAREWELL FLOPPY by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Predictable and only mildly amusing; no need to hop to this one. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boy tries to abandon his pet rabbit only to discover—surprise!—he can't live without him. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR'S SURPRISE by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A charmer, like its predecessors. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Little Bear has an exciting experience in store when he follows Papa Bear to work. Read full book review >