Search Results: "Brad Gooch"


BOOK REVIEW

RUMI'S SECRET by Brad Gooch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A vivid depiction of the powerful religious forces that Rumi transcended to reveal 'the sound of one soul speaking.'"
An appreciative biography of the 13th-century Persian poet, teacher, and mystic. Read full book review >

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ZOMBIE 00 by Brad Gooch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2000

"The whips-and-chains crowd will love it. For others: caveat emptor."
Images of the Marquis de Sade's bedchamber and Andy Warhol's Factory will undoubtedly assail readers of this defiantly outré third novel by Gooch, the biographer of Frank O'Hara (City Poet, 1993) and author of such in-your-face fiction as The Golden Age of Promiscuity (1996). Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN AGE OF PROMISCUITY by Brad Gooch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1996

"A solid, unblinking, unsentimental look at a vanished era."
Biographer of poet Frank O'Hara, novelist Gooch (Scary Kisses, 1988) here tells us everything we ever wanted to know about the dark and decadent gay subculture in Manhattan before AIDS altered the landscape: A well-written and intelligent novel that's of more than sociological or historical interest. Read full book review >

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SMASH CUT by Brad Gooch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"This candid memoir lovingly evokes a life, and a world, lost."
Filmmaker Howard Brookner (1954-1989) is the focus of this engrossing, intimate memoir by novelist and biographer Gooch (English/William Paterson Univ.; Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >

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FLANNERY by Brad Gooch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 2009

"Unlike its subject, respectably tame."
Taut biography of the iconic Southern short-story writer and novelist. Read full book review >

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GODTALK by Brad Gooch
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2002

"The moral here: Spirituality can transcend religion, but stick with the right accessories."
Directed by self-admitted "deep whim," novelist (Zombie, 2000, etc.) and biographer (City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara, 1993) Gooch profiles Americans seeking personal spirituality apart from mainstream denominational options. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 1993

"Literary queen bee—that's what O'Hara comes off as here (which, granted, at his worst he sometimes took himself to be only as well), not the prince of poetry he would more enduringly become. (Fifty-five photographs—not seen)"
The first biography of one of American poetry's finest lyricists—whose literary grace and authority, musical sense, and headlong (often foolish) way with life bears remarkable resemblance to the much differently circumstanced Boris Pasternak's. Read full book review >

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THE GOOCH MACHINE by Brod Bagert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Jean Marzollo's Pretend You're A Cat (1990), the acting-out potential seems indirect at best. (Poetry. 7-9)"
In these ``Poems for Children to Perform,'' young readers may first elect to scratch their heads: ``Alien Eyes?'' is about looking into another planet's sky; ``The Homework Guarantee'' covers procrastination; and ``Butterfly Fire'' trumpets something about ``the flame of poet-fire/When it burns in children's eyes.'' Budding dramatists can take hints from the chubby-face children who cavort through Ellis's sprawling cartoon scenes; these are usually light in mood, although the image of a man sweating over his taxes is a dismal take on ``Dad's Greatest Fear''—``that someday/I'll grow up just like him.'' Bagert's occasional proficiency, as in ``The Food Cheer''—``Carnivores! Read full book review >

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Operation Tenley by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This irresistible tale about the descendants of fairies should have readers smiling from the first page to the last."
A new middle-grade fantasy series focuses on the Fair Ones, who watch over Earth children from afar. Read full book review >

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THUMBELINA by Brad Sneed
adapted by Brad Sneed, illustrated by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Not perfect, but collections in need of more Anderson will welcome this. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a new retelling of Anderson's tale of a tiny girl traded from frog to bug to rodent, adaptor and illustrator Sneed creates a lush, Lilliputian world of jewel-eyed insects and gargantuan flowers. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO WAS RAISED BY LIBRARIANS by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Kids should get a kick out of the geeky Melvin, his supportive clan of nurturing bibliophiles and his so-very-logical career choice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A curious boy discovers the library is the best place to be and librarians are the best people to know in this lighthearted homage. Read full book review >

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DEPUTY HARVEY AND THE ANT COW CAPER by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"There'll be no problem corralling little dogies for this caper. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Think the Old West is gone? Read full book review >