Search Results: "Charles Wilkins"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2009

"A mostly insightful slice of life and death, but not on the level of Mary Roach's Stiff (2003)."
An often funny, yucky examination of how the dead can affect our lives. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 1999

"An exhilarating tribute to a disappearing art. (21 b&w photos, not seen)"
An enthralling, sometimes breathtaking glimpse into one of North America's few remaining traveling circuses. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Ignore the occasional grandiloquent language and simply enjoy a story of trial, error and, ultimately, achievement."
Chronicle of a failed attempt at a new world rowing record, taken on by a truly motley crew. Read full book review >

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IN NAME ONLY by Barbara Wilkins
Released: April 1, 1992

"Robin Leach should do the cassette version if Mary Hart can't."
A rich, pretty teenager flees the bourgeois terrors of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, heading straight for the demimonde of E-Z living, star-studded L.A., where she gives birth to the hottest child star since the current ambassador to Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

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MAX GATE by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The death of a literary giant liberates a marginalized member of his household into claiming her destiny in her own unique, dazzling words."
The final days of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, as related by his wry, perceptive housemaid. Read full book review >

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THE VEIL OF GOLD by Kim Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Intriguing, genuine, rich."
A real fairy tale, in traditional, bloody style. Read full book review >

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THE MISERABLES by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Wilkins's novel is all interior, no edge, and the interior is a dull one."
The death of his grandfather spurs a young editor to reevaluate his life—in this brooding, introspective first novel from New Zealander Wilkins. Read full book review >

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CHEMISTRY by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Attempting to straddle the line between themes of family and addiction, the author misses both in the process."
Fourth novel from Wilkins (Little Masters, 1997, etc.), about a family that can't seem to extricate itself from drugs, legal or illegal. Read full book review >

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THE MEASURE OF LOVE by Christopher Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Overall, a work more impressive in its parts than as a whole."
A debut that is affecting and perplexing in equal measure. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MASTERS by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Rich with shading and detail, but too loosely organized for its own good: a crowded canvas that badly wants some focal point."
A meandering account of life among disaffected expatriates that ultimately overstays its visa: a second novel from New Zealander Wilkins (The Miserables, 1993) All the usual confusions that plague young people are prominent among Wilkins's brood, none of whom seems much more adult than the children who have somehow fallen into their care. Read full book review >

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CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GHOST SHIP by Kim Wilkins
ADVENTURE
Released: May 27, 2008

"Airborne spy ships, a run-in with a hideous Sea Hag and an attack by spiders give this episode plenty of memorable moments; Magic Tree House graduates and fans of Tony Abbott's Secrets of Droon series and the like will enjoy it. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Two royal children set out to rescue a younger sibling they had thought dead, in this slim setup volume. Read full book review >