Search Results: "Carl Rollyson"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 7, 1990

A graceful, clearheaded biography of the cranky, energetic war correspondent, novelist, and impassioned advocate for liberal causes who, to her monumental disgust, is still best known as Hemingway's third wife. Read full book review >

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THE LIVES OF NORMAN MAILER by Carl Rollyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Literary biography of Mailer by the well-received author of Nothing Ever Happens to the Brave: The Story of Martha Gellhorn (1990) and Lillian Hellman (1988). Read full book review >

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REBECCA WEST by Carl Rollyson
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"All of the juice has been squeezed out of the details of a long, rich, unique life. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Rollyson (The Lives of Norman Mailer, 1991, etc.) piles on the details but never gets to the novelist, critic, and essayist known as Dame Rebecca West, born Cecily Fairfield (she borrowed her pen name from an Ibsen character). Read full book review >

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AMERICAN ISIS by Carl Rollyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A mostly successful attempt at a fresh understanding through analogies, but the enduring sadness of her loss threatens, as ever, to overwhelm."
The previous biographers of Plath (1932-1963) didn't really get it, writes Rollyson (Journalism/Baruch Coll.; Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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SUSAN SONTAG by Carl Rollyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2000

"Although light on both literary and psychological substance, this biography, like Sontag herself, has plenty of charm."
An engagingly gossipy biography of the most glamorous intellectual celebrity of our time, assessing the impact of the writer's persona more thoroughly than her literary creations. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for one-on-one sharing or paired with titles such as Saxton Freymann's Fast Food (2006) for a festive, food-themed storytime. (list of foods portrayed in each photo) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peek into worlds where the trees are made of broccoli and the clouds of sweet meringue. Read full book review >

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ALL KINDS OF CARS by Carl Johanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"The absence of a well-told storyline makes the book feel static, but kids who love cars will enjoy this crazy compendium and will be engaged by the imaginative take on a traditional subject. (Informational picture book. 2-4)"
Can there be room for yet another picture book about cars? Apparently. Read full book review >

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SKINK—NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Hiaasen's fierce love for the wilds of Florida, his fundamental commitment to decency and his penchant for the bizarre are all on full display in this, a read as agreeable as his hero is. (Fiction. 10-15)"
If you were pursuing your cousin's kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HUCKABUCK FAMILY by Carl Sandburg
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Small's characteristically whimsical drawings are full of funny details, and far outshine this slight American fairy tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a picture book subtitled "And How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back," it's clear that the passage of time hasn't been kind to Sandburg's Huckabuck family; what was heralded as outrageously original in the 1920s is now simply silly. Read full book review >

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RUNNER by Carl Deuker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 2, 2005

"11 tale of terrorism on the Puget Sound. (Fiction. 11+)"
Seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor lives on a sailboat at the marina. Read full book review >

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HOOT by Carl Hiaasen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"If the ending is somewhat predictable, it is also entirely satisfying—Hoot is, indeed, a hoot. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The straight-arrow son of a maybe-federal agent (he's not quite sure) turns eco-terrorist in this first offering for kids from one of detective fiction's funniest novelists. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Perfunctory, dark b&w illustrations; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. YA)"
From the appearance of Freedom's Journal in 1827 to what Senna sees as today's ``integration of black journalists into the mainstream of American journalism,'' the battles for emancipation, and then for civil rights, have been the black press's chief raison d`àtre, the battle for commercial viability its Waterloo. Read full book review >