Search Results: "Dan Wakefield"


BOOK REVIEW

WAKEFIELD by Andrei Codrescu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2004

"Not Codrescu's best, but nevertheless one of his wisest, most engaging books."
A rootless writer-lecturer cuts a deal with the Devil in this latest comic romp from the prolific poet, essayist, NPR commentator, and novelist (Casanova in Bohemia, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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DAN by Joanna Ruocco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Giddy, intriguing stuff from a writer eager to let words misbehave."
A young woman becomes increasingly aware of authority—and the urge to push back against it—in this linguistically free-wheeling and challenging novel. Read full book review >

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HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN IT'S GOD? by Dan Wakefield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 1999

"Down-to-earth, humorous, and confessional anecdotes about the confusing absence of magical answers for the quotidian spiritual life. (One Spirit Book Club selection; author tour)"
This entertaining sequel continues the religious transformations Wakefield recounted in 1988's Returning: A Spiritual Journey. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Lightweight and anecdotal exhortation meant to cultivate an attitude of wonder in daily life. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Inspirational stories of the miraculous, assembled from a wide range of settings by journalist and novelist Wakefield (New York in the Fifties, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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NEW YORK IN THE FIFTIES by Dan Wakefield
NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 1992

Nostalgia package for the ``silent generation'' of Eisenhower, a generation that today evidently thinks it was in no way silent. Read full book review >

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WAKEFIELD HALL by Francesca Stanfill
Released: May 1, 1993

"An intelligent great read."
Wittily imitating classic gothic masterpieces, Stanfill (Shadows and Light, 1984) takes a Brontâan heroine and puts her in a Tom Wolfe-ish New York setting—where ``identity is telegraphed by the names of corporations or one's position on the Forbes list.'' Narrated in the past tense typical of the genre, and in equally typical florid prose, the story concerns Elisabeth Rowan, who, like Jane Eyre, is alone in the world and must support herself. Read full book review >

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DAN ELDON by Jennifer New
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Surely by coincidence, a biopic starring Daniel Radcliffe is in development. (Biography. 13-18)"
Strictly for completists, this album combines new and previously published pages from the collage-filled notebooks of a 22-year-old photojournalist killed in Mogadishu in 1993, along with yet another account of his brief life and peregrinations. Read full book review >

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INVESTIGATING MR WAKEFIELD by Rob Gittins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Gittins (Secret Shelter, 2015, etc.) takes forever to navigate past the overlong flashbacks that dot the first half of this tale. Readers who survive this extended setup, however, will find themselves irresistibly drawn into Jack's paranoid world of self-induced claustrophobia."
Gittins' fourth novel updates the premise of Nathaniel Hawthorne's memorably enigmatic little fable "Wakefield"—a man abandons his wife on a whim, moves one street away, then returns to her 20 years later on another whim—for the surveillance age. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Vonnegut's most human of hearts beats on every page."
Selected and edited letters by the author of Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five and other enduringly popular novels, letters that reveal Vonnegut's passions, annoyances, loves, losses, mind and heart. Read full book review >

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DAN, THE TAXI MAN by Eric Ode
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Noisy fun, with a strong beat and a narrative pattern that even younger audiences will have no trouble catching. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Dan the cabbie puts pedal to the metal to pick up a rock band and get it to a gig. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2012

"Not the best of the genre, but nowhere near the worst."
This occasionally humorous volume is the latest addition to a rapidly growing selection of books by—and about and for—the post-hipster dad. Read full book review >