Search Results: "Brock Clarke"


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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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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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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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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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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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EMBER by Brock Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A good-enough survival thriller that doesn't disappoint so much as it fails to truly impress."
The sun has fizzled down to an ember and the human race is left to figure out how to survive the frozen new world in Adams' (Gulf, 2010) dystopian debut novel. Read full book review >