Search Results: "Christine Herman Merrill"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS WHO HAVE WON OUR HEARTS by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"But there is something in all the tales, each of which is wonderfully illustrated by Merrill's paintings and told by George with grace and sensitivity. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Well-known naturalist and author George writes an inspiring celebration of ten beloved animals and the feats that made them famous. Read full book review >

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A DOLPHIN NAMED BOB by Twig C. George
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 29, 1996

"George, offspring of Jean Craighead George, debuts with a tale that reveals more about the author's interest in research than it does about any potential narrative skills. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
A fictionalized account, based on real events, of a stranded dolphin, Aster, who is nursed back to health at the Maryland State Aquarium, where she subsequently gives birth to Bob. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Readers of Merrill will be naturally curious, but also probably at a bit of a loss. (Four pages of photographs)"
The still-tender gay identity of his early adulthood is the overarching theme of poet Merrill's memoir of a postwar European sojourn—30 months, beginning in 1950, during which he tried (impossibly) to keep his parents from too full a knowledge of his homosexuality while immersing himself in the high aesthetics common to Italy and to the group of gay expatriate exquisites he surrounded himself with. Read full book review >

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MERRILL MARKOE'S GUIDE TO LOVE by Merrill Markoe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A fun romp through the sillier side of love, best savored in small does."
Markoe (How to Be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me, 1994), a columnist and Emmy Awardwinning former writer for David Letterman, is like a sassy friend who's fun to spend time with—although maybe not too much time all at once. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A unique travelogue boosted by wonderfully creative thinking with a political slant."
A celebrated poet, essayist and newly appointed (by President Obama) member of the National Council on the Humanities eloquently considers the global impact of our "Age of Terror." Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1995

"The Varga Girl is now a photograph, and old Esky seems to be celibate, but the elderly rascal in his day provided good reading and mindless ribaldry; and he had an attitude. (b&w illustrations)"
Journalist Merrill (The Blues Route, 1990) records the early days of erstwhile publishing phenom Esquire magazine. Read full book review >

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NEARLY FAMOUS by Reba Merrill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An intriguing, honest look at the hidden side of Hollywood."
In this debut memoir, entertainment journalist Merrill recalls her decadeslong career as an interviewer of Hollywood's brightest stars. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Brace hilariously captures the tongue-wagging canine-turned-human trio with off-kilter perspectives that fill this offbeat look at a dog's life with fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Readers who ever hoped that their pets could become people will embrace this silly fantasy from Markoe (for adults, Merrill Markoe's Guide to Love, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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GRASSHOPPER FALLS by Merrill Gilfillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2000

"'Regionalism' that shows what honest, true writing is—and what it can do."
From poet and storywriter Gilfillan (Sworn Before Cranes, 1994), more story-sketches—or sketch-stories—with tone, texture, and detail that keep them invariably interesting and humane. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"'What Orthodoxy offers,' Merrill writes, 'is light.' As does he."
A gem that shows off Merrill-the-poet's gorgeous writing, and Merrill-the-reporter's sharp eye—and introduces a new Merrill, the pilgrim. Read full book review >

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HERE BENEATH LOW-FLYING PLANES by Merrill Feitell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Altogether, a talented newcomer, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award. (See Desaulniers, above.)"
Eight stories in a first collection, lightened by buoyant wit. Read full book review >

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FALLING INTO MANHOLES by Wendy Merrill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2008

"Extremely personal but oddly prosaic: She may have written this with a clear head, but the evidence here suggests that Merrill's insights into her life remain blurry."
Self-described "menmoir" examines parallels between the author's romantic failures and her decades-long struggles with alcoholism, bulimia and depression. Read full book review >