Search Results: "Benjamin Whitmer"


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CRY FATHER by Benjamin Whitmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"This exploration of the damage fathers can do to sons, and sons to fathers, is more Woodrell than Palahniuk, more hillbilly noir than existentialist nihilism."
Whitmer (Pike, 2010, etc.) offers dark literary fiction delving into incalculable loss mirrored by the vagaries of father-son relationships. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"An engaging look at a now-distant piece of country-music history."
The tempestuous history of country music's Louvin Brothers, recalled by the younger musical sibling. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Marred by many errors and doggedly intent on turning Elvis into a traumatized pop-psych poster boy, Whitmer's version of the life makes for unpleasant reading. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A depressing pathography positing that every instant of Elvis's life was warped by the stillbirth of his twin brother, Jesse, and the consequent morbidly close relationship between Elvis and his mother, Gladys. Read full book review >

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Chippewa Caw Caw by Elizabeth   Whitmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A treat for both history and nature lovers."
A crow escapes the famous sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, and lyrical adventure follows. Read full book review >

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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 1993

"His book reads so fluently it almost compensates for Thompson's lousy recent work. (Eight pages of b&w photographs)"
The third in a recent spate of unauthorized biographies of outlaw journalist Hunter Thompson, this is hands-down the best— most balanced in its assessment of both the writer and his era, and better written and more deeply researched than either Paul Perry's Fear and Loathing or Jean E. Carroll's Hunter (both 1992). Read full book review >

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THE PARTISAN by Benjamin Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"All in all, a mess."
Once again, Cheever (The Plagiarist, 1992) chronicles life with a distinguished writer—in a novel that's even more diffuse than his first. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2002

"The kind of primary research that leads to those rare insights that come to be known as understanding. (8-page color insert, not seen)"
An intuitive appreciation of young bear behavior, observed and gathered at ground level, from wildlife rehabilitator Kilham. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2000

"A provocative thesis—but so slender that DeMott fleshes it out with examples and summaries that at times seem more superfluous than essential."
A distinguished social critic argues that advances in women's rights are threatened by pervasive cultural pressures to adopt the more noxious aspects of traditional masculine behavior—the "kickbutt culture." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Going behind the headlines, Runkle provides worthwhile background and context for understanding current wars and how they are fought."
The recent demise of Osama bin Laden serves as an appropriate coda for former Defense Department and National Security Council staffer Runkle's (co-author: Occupying Iraq: A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2009, etc.) history of the manhunt in American military strategy. Read full book review >

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BLUE by Benjamin Zucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2000

"The various materials assembled here might add up to a novel, but not without greater authorial inventiveness."
The author of several nonfiction books on gems and jewelry draws on his expertise for an ambitious first novel of challenging design. Read full book review >

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GOOD KIDS by Benjamin Nugent
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A novel that badly wants to be cool but is rarely more than sophomoric."
Can a childhood crush survive a 13-year separation? The answer's a long time coming in this unfocused first novel from the author of American Nerd (2008). Read full book review >