Search Results: "Dan Wakefield"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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FRIDAY NEVER LEAVING by Vikki Wakefield
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Lyrical, suspenseful and haunting. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Australian author Wakefield spins a tense, multilayered tale about loyalty, memory and survival. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 2000

"Well-intentioned and often touching, but monotonous and predictable as a whole."
In this meditative collection, Wakefield's myriad descriptions of nature are lovely and apt: "the garden spiders in their one acre meadow / spinning enough silk in a week to circle the moon." Read full book review >

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WAR PAINT by Tom Wakefield
Released: July 22, 1994

"A delightful picture of village life, and then some."
In Wakefield's (Lot's Life, not reviewed) novel, which manages the feat of being both sweet and wily, three narrators reminisce about Kay Roper, a schoolteacher who arrived in the quiet British village of Padmore to teach in a girls' secondary school in 1942, and who has been killed unceremoniously by a swerving postal van. Read full book review >

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THE SUNSHINE CRUST BAKING FACTORY by Stacy Wakefield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A book that Wakefield's characters would love but that might leave other readers locked out."
The lives of young, poor New Yorkers form the center of this novel by Wakefield (Not for Rent, 1994, etc.), no stranger to squatter chic. Read full book review >

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THOSE CALCULATING CROWS! by Ali Wakefield
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Based on an experiment that determined crows could count, this tale will have readers as baffled as Roy is, and just as satisfied when he sends off a few warning shots into the sky, scaring those calculating crows off for good. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A captivating counting book that relies on a riddle to keep children interested while they learn some math. Read full book review >

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IN-BETWEEN DAYS by Vikki Wakefield
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Fans of realistic fiction will be all in and will relish the gorgeous writing. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Seventeen-year-old Jack (short for Jacklin) has left home and now lives with her sister, who is also estranged from their parents, in their small Australian town of Mobius. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2012

"The jury is still out on the causes and best treatment of autism spectrum disorder, but readers will find it difficult to disentangle the author's efforts at self-rehabilitation from his contentions that this family was treated unjustly."
Wakefield (Callous Disregard: Autisms and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy, 2010), a British gastroenterologist who was stricken from the British medical register in 2010, defends himself against the charges brought against him. Read full book review >

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DAN CHAON
by Stephanie Buschardt

When bestselling author Dan Chaon heard about a conspiracy at his sister’s university linking a string of drowning deaths to a serial killer, he scribbled it down in his notebook and let it simmer—for 10 years. “I kept trying to figure out a way to go back to it,” says Chaon. “And then eventually that image of [a] kid ...


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