Search Results: "Curtis White"


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MEMORIES OF MY FATHER WATCHING TV by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 1998

"Intellectual pyrotechnics about America, mass audiences, and the emptiness inside."
The unstoppable White (Anarcho-Hindu, 1995, etc., etc.) offers a —novel— about the depravities of television culture that's as much idea-collage as plain narrative—a sometimes declamatory but most often brilliant thought-book about the great wasteland. Read full book review >

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ANARCHO-HINDU by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

A lunatic collage, emblematic of the chaos of ideas and influences out of which novels emerge, dominates this irritatingly uneven one by the author of Metaphysics in the Midwest (1988) and The Idea of Home (1993). Read full book review >

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AMERICA’S MAGIC MOUNTAIN by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2004

"Undisciplined work from a writer who becomes tangled up in his own obsessions."
An offbeat jeremiad inspired by America's cultural decline. Read full book review >

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REQUIEM by Curtis White
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The result is indisputably clever, with a wealth of knowledge and word-wizardry, but the whole is more a patchwork of diffuse effects than a sustaining piece of fiction."
Philosophy and pornography mingle and mangle each other here in another convention-damning "novel" from radical fictionalist White (Memories of My Father Watching TV, 1998, etc.), as rehashes of biblical lives and those of classical composers vie for space with the saucier crowd of Internet pornographers and their fans. Read full book review >

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THE SCIENCE DELUSION by Curtis White
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2013

"A witty critique of scientific overreach that celebrates the totality of human achievement."
White (English/Illinois State Univ.; Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature, 2009 etc.) disputes the triumphalism of neuroscientists, evolutionary psychologists and geneticists who proclaim "the victory of science and reason over religion." Read full book review >

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THE IDEA OF HOME by Curtis White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Overall, however, White's reliance on familiar cultural artifacts make much of the book just that—too familiar."
Collage of autobiography and invented history in which White (Heretical Songs, 1981; Metaphysics in the Midwest, 1988; ed., An Illuminated History of the Future, 1989) plays trickster-fashion with the myths of California's tract-home suburbs. Read full book review >

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A LEAGUE OF HER OWN
by Leila Roy

“I want you to do this because you genuinely want to play, not because—well, because you feel the weight of historical responsibility.”
“Can’t both be true?” Jill asked.
“I don’t know,” her mother said. “Can they?”
She sure hoped so.
A Season of Daring Greatly, by Ellen Emerson White

High school senior Jill Cafferty had ...


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NEW IN FEBRUARY 2017
by Leila Roy

Is it too late to put together a short list of the February books I’m looking forward to? Ah well, I’m sorry—that question was clearly disingenuous, because obviously I’ve made the list regardless. There are so, so many new releases to be excited about, and the fact that I have a big pile of them on hand makes the sixteen ...


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READING ACROSS THE COUNTRY MAINE
by Leila Roy

One of the funny things about living in a state nicknamed ‘Vacationland’—especially living near the coast—is that, for locals, a huge part of summertime is about avoiding the tourist-heavy spots. You know, like the beach.

So, rather than actually leaving our houses and enjoying these lovely, lovely days in public, a large percentage of us Year-Rounders do quite a lot ...


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FAVORITES AND NEW DISCOVERIES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

As I prepare for another year to roll in, I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads and new discoveries from 2016.

Some of you may know this has been a bit of a tumultuous year for me, but I was blessed to travel to a number of conferences, including RT, RWA, Chicago North’s Spring Fling, and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIG BROTHER, LITTLE BROTHER by Marci Curtis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Why bicker when there's enough room on the skateboard for two and a frosted donut for every mouth? (Picture book. 3-6)"
This gathering of brothers—sharply etched, bright photographs of pairs of them, younger and older, multicultural—celebrates harmony with nary a discord in sight (minor differences of opinion are of the most benign sort). Read full book review >