Search Results: "David Foote"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"The satire is neither as sharp as Dr. Swift's nor as comical as Mr. Lear's, but the fictive author's discoveries should, as he hopes, 'enlighten, amuse, appall, and guide' young fans of the biosphere's imaginary reaches. (Informational fantasy. 10-13)"
The creators of the helpful guide to Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins & Other Nasties (2010) now present the equally instructive, long-lost travel journals of a tubby but indefatigable paleozoologist with an unexcelled genius for unearthing uncanny, if long-extinct, animal and humanoid species. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

Writing as authority "Miss Edythe McFate," Blume reveals that, even in New York, fairy folk are all around—having adapted to the urban environment—and so city children had best take special care not to run afoul of them. Read full book review >

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SEPTEMBER, SEPTEMBER by Shelby Foote
Released: Feb. 1, 1977

"When Foote's own generally lean and direct narration is in charge of the action and the solid Memphis atmosphere, September works as a straightforwardly effective slice-of-crime; in trying to beef it into more—with the Little Rock headlines, the sentimental psychology, the overemphatic sex—he blunts the suspense and exposes a host of old-fashioned novelist seams."
Twenty-five years after Shiloh, historian Foote (The Civil War: A Narrative) returns to Southern fiction and to his multiple-viewpoint narrative technique, here applied—with mixed results—to a kidnapping in Memphis, September 1957. Read full book review >

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FAREWELL by Horton Foote
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"On its own weak terms, however, he's off to an unpromising start. (Author tour)"
Oscar-, Tony-, and Pulitzer-winning playwright and screenwriter Foote slowly recollects the minutiae of his Texas childhood in this foot-dragging, genealogy-laden memoir. Read full book review >

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TOURNAMENT by Shelby Foote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1949

"For the specialized not the popular market."
The rise and fall of Hugh Bart of the Mississippi Delta, this is a life portrait of a man to whom success came smoothly, quickly, though without bringing happiness. Read full book review >

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BEGINNINGS by Horton Foote
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2001

"Academics writing about Foote's life and work will have to slog through these unselective, self-indulgent memoirs; other, luckier souls can just say no."
A wearisomely folksy account of a young actor's apprenticeship in the 1930s. Read full book review >

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UNDERTOW by Tom Foote
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 25, 1998

"Still, the story's ho-hum plot is supported by taut writing, strong detail, and an unusual compassion for a bunch of mixed-up Irishmen too angry to know that they're their own worst enemies: a satisfying, above-average page-turner for Forsythe and Higgins fans."
Routine but absorbing debut nautical thriller about a seasoned salt who avenges the death of his family by infiltrating an IRA terrorist cell, from an Irishman who knows his surf. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 12, 1974

"As an addition to the standard works, this can be recommended above all for its gauge of subjective elements."
The last year of the war, written as a sensitive and well-trained observer on either side would have recorded it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 1958

"This first volume, ending as it does shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation, leaves the reader aware that while history writes the South's defeat, the first two years wrote a balance of victory — with the writing on the wall only faintly decipherable."
The first of three volumes- and this one five years in the writing- this bids fair to be a definitive history within the limitations. Read full book review >

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THE HEART OF ANNIE by J.S. Foote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2013

"Sweet, earnest women's fiction novel with appealing characters."
In Foote's debut novel, childhood friends Lilly Roche and Curtis Walker reconnect and find love amid the heartbreak of their pasts and the uncertainty of their circumstances. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 18, 1963

"The telling is through the lives and actions of the people involved."
Received too late for review, this second volume of Shelby Foote's ambitious history of the Civil War rendered in narrative form covers the period from Fredericksburg to Meridian, including the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Chattanooga. Read full book review >

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LOVE IN A DRY SEASON by Shelby Foote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 1951

"I found it left a bad taste in my mouth."
Dirty and dull- but shrewdly contrived and skillfully executed so that- while you loathe practically every character in the book, you believe in them. Read full book review >