Search Results: "Blake Bailey"


BOOK REVIEW

CHEEVER by Blake Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2009

"Superb work that shows Cheever wrestling with dark angels, but wresting from those encounters some celestial prose."
A comprehensive treatment of the tormented but artful life of one of fiction's modern masters. Read full book review >

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FARTHER & WILDER by Blake Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"Eloquent, poignant portrait of the artist as outsider and misfit."
Author of acclaimed biographies of John Cheever and Richard Yates, Bailey makes a rather surprising case for the resurrection of this deeply prescient and problematic novelist, who broke open taboos about alcoholics and homosexuals well before it was cool and championed F. Scott Fitzgerald when he was in the process of being remaindered. Read full book review >

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JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >

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THE SPLENDID THINGS WE PLANNED by Blake Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Bailey gives no evidence of his or his brother's splendid plans, only decades of depression, isolation and insidious self-absorption."
An award-winning biographer reveals his troubled past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 2003

"And without that mitigating achievement, this author's life, retold at excruciating length, seems merely a sad, sordid waste."
Overly detailed biography of the critically esteemed author limns every up and down in his self-destructive life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPER BUNNY by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Underwhelming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Super Bunny wields a pink gun and wears a cape and mask as he sniffs out villains. Read full book review >

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ZAGAZOO by Quentin Blake
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"This book is hilarious, and parents and children will be nodding in recognition as Zagazoo grows up and as his parents grow—happier. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blake's take on the stages of childhood is entertainingly offbeat but right on target. Read full book review >

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MRS. ARMITAGE by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Excellent for read-alouds, and besides, it will remind you to pull out his Captain Najork stories once again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What could be more appealing than Mrs. Anastasia Armitage, sitting at table opposite her dog Breakspear of a morning, reading Uncle Cosmo's letter informing her that he's given her his old car. Read full book review >

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THE SPECIAL ONES
by Leila Roy

I know only too well what happens to the new ones who are brought here. Gradually they are convinced to change, molded to be who we tell them they are. But there’s another unanswered question: What happens to the ones who leave?
The Special Ones, by Em Bailey
 

The Special Ones live on a secluded farmstead surrounded by ...


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BOOK REVIEW

IN THE ANTARCTIC by Ella Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"An appealing introduction to Antarctica that appropriately fosters a child's sense of wonder without adding a layer of worry about its future. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
After a last breakfast with her parents on a frozen coast, a young Adélie penguin spends a long summer feeding in the cold ocean, followed by an even longer dark winter resting on the ice until the sun rises the following spring. Read full book review >

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IN THE SAVANNAH by Ella Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sweet ecosystem introduction for preschoolers, the first of a promising series. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The African savanna, home of a tiny lion cub, is full of intriguing wildlife. Read full book review >