Search Results: "Dale Peck"


BOOK REVIEW

PECK, PECK, PECK by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"From the sunny, see-through cover to the final bedtime snuggle, this day in the life of an overachiever (naughty by human standards) is sure to generate chortles and great interest. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The young woodpecker featured in this tale is a quick study: After one lesson from his daddy, he's ready to practice pecking on his own. Read full book review >

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Released: June 24, 2004

"'I am throwing away my red pen,' Peck claims in his introduction, vowing to write no more hatchet jobs. That's a shame: his partisan, nastily persuasive naysaying adds a valuable perspective to our cultural debates."
Twelve essays by the bad boy of contemporary book reviewing reveal a passionate, committed commentator who definitely has an axe to grind. Read full book review >

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WHAT WE LOST by Dale Peck
Released: Nov. 3, 2003

"The brief, years-later section tacked on at the end is insubstantial, following, as it does, the scorched earth of what came before."
A childhood you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy: a series of mistakes, tribulations, and brutality, tempered by the sanctuary of an uncle's farm in the Catskills. Read full book review >

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THE SOHO PRESS BOOK OF '80S SHORT FICTION by Dale Peck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Peck's collection masterfully evokes the range and diversity of its era."
A new anthology of fiction explores the chaotic literary energy of the 1980s. Read full book review >

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THE LOST CITIES by Dale Peck
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

Washed back nearly five-and-a-half centuries by a sudden tsunami in the usually placid Ocean of Time, pre-teen siblings Susan and Charles, first introduced in Drift House (2005), tackle a space/time storm (confusingly mislabeled a "time jetty") that is leaving a trail of destruction stretching from the Twin Towers through Pompeii and Atlantis to ancient Babylon. Read full book review >

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THE LAW OF ENCLOSURES by Dale Peck
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Bleak, challenging, and impressive."
From the widely praised author of Martin and John (1993) comes another grim, affecting, and structurally ambitious work, this a blend of fiction and biography based on the lives of the author's parents. Read full book review >

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MARTIN AND JOHN by Dale Peck
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Despite powerful, sometimes tender moments, then: ultimately more writing exercise than existential exploration."
Unconventionally structured novel of identity and relationship permutation: narrator John appears in alternate realities that usually involve paternal brutality and a gay lover named Martin—in a promising if somewhat insubstantial debut for a 24-year-old stylist. Read full book review >

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BODY SURFING by Dale Peck
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Too clever for its own good—the labyrinthine plot eventually becomes mind-numbingly impenetrable."
Peck (The Lost Cities: A Drift House Voyage, 2007, etc.) constructs a gothic story in lively prose, to ultimately soul-destroying effect. Read full book review >

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GREGORY PECK by Lynn Haney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"A perspective-setting biography: gracious, but pulling no punches. (16 pp. b&w photos)"
The movie actor's career—and careerism—get generous scrutiny from a veteran pop biographer. Read full book review >

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ST. DALE by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2005

"Still, this book of moments is required reading for anybody who still mourns Number Three—or who wonders what the fuss is about."
In a career marked by strange, wonderful stories (Ghost Riders, 2003, etc.), McCrumb offers her strangest yet: a modern-day Canterbury Tales with Dale Earnhardt replacing Thomas à Becket. Read full book review >

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VISIONS AND REVISIONS by Dale Peck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Raw and heartfelt—though uneven—Peck's hybrid memoir contributes to that goal."
Witness to a transformative decade in gay history. Read full book review >

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SPROUT by Dale Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2009

"Dedicated readers, especially young gays in the square states, will identify—and it's important enough for that reason. (Fiction. YA)"
When he was twelve, Daniel's dad packed the two of them up and moved from New York to Buhler, Kan. Read full book review >