Search Results: "Claire Vaye Watkins"


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BATTLEBORN by Claire Vaye Watkins
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Gloriously vivid stories about the human heart."
Ten stories, carefully and lovingly constructed, about Western characters as prickly as barbed wire. Read full book review >

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GOLD FAME CITRUS by Claire Vaye Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"The ghost of John Muir meets a touch of Terry Gilliam."
A tour-de-force first novel blisters with drought, myth, and originality. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE DEDERER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Longtime critic and essayist Claire Dederer has always had a slight obsession with film director Roman Polanski. So in the summer of 2011, a year after the release of Poser, her gutsy, bestselling debut memoir about yoga and motherhood, she set out to write her next book with him in mind. “I was working on that book,” Dederer recalls ...


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SLAVERY by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Contradictory statements, sweeping generalizations, and a general lack of focus make this history of slavery more an eye-glazer than an eye-opener. Read full book review >

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PETE WITH NO PANTS by Rowboat Watkins
written and illustrated by Rowboat Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Knock, knock. Who's there? An awesome mom of a kid with no pants. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pants can be such a hindrance when it comes to imaginative play. Read full book review >

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VIRUS by Graham Watkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Not hopeless, but not all that thrilling either."
Serviceable technothriller from Watkins, who seems to have undertaken a full retreat from the kinky excess of Kaleidoscope Eyes (1993): the boffing here is strictly virtual. Read full book review >

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THE FORGER by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Yet another American in Paris searching for the crumbs of Hemingway's moveable feast— and learning the marvelous French art of the suave betrayal."
Watkins continues his obsession with the romantic sons of small-town New England fishing families, this time with a naive young painter who finds in a corrupt and dangerous Europe the adventure of a lifetime. Read full book review >

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EMILY MIDORIKAWA & EMMA CLAIRE SWEENEY
by Megan Labrise

Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney forged a friendship based on mutual admiration and the same aim: to become a (published) writer.

They met as English language teachers in rural Japan in the summer of 2001. Over the years, they workshopped one another’s stories, shared publishing opportunities, taught together, and encouraged one another to keep writing.

“We’d had some successes ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GLADIATOR by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The black-and-white drawings capture the elegance of the Roman Colosseum, and the excitement of the sea battles that were held at terrific expense; the renderings of the gladiators are consistently dramatic. (map, bibliography, further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The heroic and bloody story of the Roman gladiators is retold in Watkins's debut work, a comprehensive and vividly illustrated guide that will impart his obvious passion for the subject to budding historians. Read full book review >

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WHAT COMES AFTER by Steve Watkins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Beautifully written, this story is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life as well as the resilience of the human spirit. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Abandoned first by her abusive mother and then by her father when he dies, 16-year-old Iris Wight is no stranger to loss. Read full book review >

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STAND BEFORE YOUR GOD by Paul Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"A graceful and ultimately sad account that tends to keep to the surface but, even so, makes us question assumptions about education, tradition, and the elite."
An unsentimental memoir of being an American in English boarding schools—the first nonfiction from the author of The Promise of Light (1993), etc. Watkins registers his shock as a small boy upon being left by his father at the Dragon School near Oxford. Read full book review >