Search Results: "Claire Vaye Watkins"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DOWN SAND MOUNTAIN by Steve Watkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Although not a fly-off-the-shelves selection, this title may be paired with Gary D. Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars (2007) as titles set in the '60s suitable for multigenerational reads. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Sand Mountain, Fla., circa 1966, has a segregated population emotionally wrestling with Jim Crow laws. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEPIN FETCHIT by Mel Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"A sharp piece of revisionist argument."
A former editor of the New York Times Book Review persuasively argues that the man whose stage name is a byword for offensive stereotyping was in fact a sly provocateur and a race-conscious agitator. Read full book review >

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THE WAYWARD GENTLEMAN by Patricia Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2012

"A spirited historical novel marked by humor, intrigue and entertainment."
An 18th-century "gentleman player" fights, loves and charms his way through Ireland in Watkins' (The Wayward Gentleman: John Theophilus Potter & The Town of Haverfordwest, 2012, etc.) delightful ode to the theater. Read full book review >

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Expressions by Jamaal Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2016

"A compilation built around puns and familiar Christian platitudes, with some surprisingly dark and intimate exceptions"
Watkins offers a debut collection of short poems on love, life, and the joy of Christian faith. Read full book review >

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THE ICE SOLDIER by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2006

"Plants the flag for good, manly storytelling."
So frequently compared to Hemingway, Watkins (The Fellowship of Ghosts, 2004, etc.) delivers a ninth novel that's willfully old-fashioned and, yes, Hemingwayesque. Read full book review >