Search Results: "Brock Clarke"


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THE ORDINARY WHITE BOY by Brock Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An almost charming hero and a vivid sense of small-town life, but the story fails to make a true claim on the reader's attention—especially when the painstakingly elaborated racial theme dissolves at the end into vapid irrelevancy."
A pallid first novel chronicles a year in the life of a desultory college grad, startled into taking his life seriously by a perhaps racially motivated murder. Read full book review >

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EXLEY by Brock Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"A seriously playful novel about the interweave of literature and life."
Another literary high-wire performance by a novelist who is establishing himself as a unique voice in contemporary fiction. Read full book review >

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WHAT WE WON’T DO by Brock Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An uneven debut offering an imagination a touch too fond of novelty, a bit too carried away with its own fictive swagger, and a bit too droll in its emotional reticence to capture a reader's enduring interest."
Brock follows his debut novel (The Ordinary White Boy, p. 960) with a prizewinning first collection of 14 stories: a flat if engaging thrum along the themes of loss and despair, in working-class upstate New York, in which mostly male characters find themselves confused in midlife. Read full book review >

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AN ARSONIST’S GUIDE TO WRITERS’ HOMES IN NEW ENGLAND by Brock Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"A serious novel that is often very funny and will be a page-turning pleasure for anyone who loves literature."
A subversively compelling, multilayered novel about the profound impact of literature (perhaps negative as well as positive). Read full book review >

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FAIR MONACO by Brock Cole
Kirkus Star
by Brock Cole, illustrated by Brock Cole
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A vivid and satisfying testimony to the transforming power of hope and dreams. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Cole's words and pictures deliver his tale as effortlessly as a song, but one that pricks with intelligence, sorrow, and hope. Read full book review >

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crowded in the middle of nowhere by Bo Brock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2014

"You don't have to live in the Lone Star State to enjoy these companionable tales of a country vet."
The casebook of Brock, a Texas veterinarian, reveals his most memorable cases and larger-than-life characters. Read full book review >

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GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT by Brock Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"Fine fare for reading alone or aloud. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Like Larky Mavis (2001) but sans the metaphysics, this folklorish original tale gives a poor, scorned orphan a chance to show her inner stuff, and to make a fresh start. Read full book review >

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LARKY MAVIS by Brock Cole
by Brock Cole, illustrated by Brock Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 3, 2001

From the author of Buttons (2000) comes a simply told tale with deep emotional and metaphorical resonance. Read full book review >

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ALPHA AND THE DIRTY BABY by Brock Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 1991

"A thoroughly entertaining story with a serious (but unobtrusive) theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alpha's parents' childish quarrel (``You forgot to wash my nightshirt!'' ``Wash it yourself, lazybones''... ``I've got a good mind to go off and join the navy'') is overheard by a devil's imp who takes the opportunity of turning Papa into a lump of coal and taking his place while his wife, bringing along their baby, replaces cross Mama. Read full book review >

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THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES by Brock Cole
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"Cole shows real literary chops in a book whose aesthetic merits outrun, by far, the ethics police. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A brilliantly crafted, shocking account, narrated by a teenager, of her mother's chronic incompetence and her own sexual abuse; it will slice readers to the bone less for its tragic details than for the casual, ingenuous tone in which they are revealed. Read full book review >