Search Results: "David Means"


BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET GOLDFISH by David Means
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"Black/bleak comedies of moral and spiritual breakdown."
Fifteen stories in a third collection by the prizewinning Means (Assorted Fire Events, 2000, etc.): tales set mostly in harsh northern areas of the Midwest among people the rest of us would rather avoid. Read full book review >

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EXTRAORDINARY MEANS by Robin Schneider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Readers will do better to seek out The Fault in Our Stars.(Fiction. 14 & up)"
When Lane's drug-resistant tuberculosis lands him in a sanatorium, he finds that one of the other residents is a girl he met at summer camp years ago. Read full book review >

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THE SPOT by David Means
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Though the author teaches at Vassar, these stories have a lot more punch and life than academic, creative-writing exercises."
A virtuosic short-story collection by the prize-winning author. Read full book review >

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ASSORTED FIRE EVENTS by David Means
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A few of the longer, more conventional tales flesh out character and eschew the simply bizarre to explore the landscape of the God-worried, the guilt-ridden, the death-haunted. But Means's artsy gestures undercut his better intentions."
A second collection by the author of A Quick Kiss of Redemption (1991) continues the search for redemption in short fictions (some from Harper's, most from little mags) that borrow their lyric style from the groggiest sort of contemporary long-line poetry. Dabbling in self-consciousness, Means plays with punctuation and ellipses; he often goes streamy when the narrative most demands clarity. Read full book review >

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A QUICK KISS OF REDEMPTION by David Means
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 1991

"Means's stories all have their moments and, in most cases, an ease of voice—but without a strong sense of place or exceptional dialogue, they fail to leave a lasting impression."
Means shows a talent for strong visual images in this first collection, but, unfortunately, few of the stories themselves have an equally strong impact. Read full book review >

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HYSTOPIA by David Means
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Means' first novel is a compelling portrait of an imagined counterhistory that feels entirely real."
In an alternative universe, John F. Kennedy was not killed in Dealey Plaza, but America is riven by Vietnam nonetheless. Read full book review >

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DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

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DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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THIS MEANS WAR! by Ellen Wittlinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 2010

"Will appeal to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's The Boys Start the War (1993) and The Girls Get Even (1994). (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's the fall of 1962. Read full book review >

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SACHIKO MEANS HAPPINESS by Kimiko Sakai
Released: Dec. 30, 1990

Sachiko may share Grandma.'s name, but Grandma herself has recently become so forgetful and difficult that Sachiko, when Mother once again asks her to watch her, is rebellious: she lets Grandma—who doesn't even recognize Sachiko today—go out to look for her "home." Read full book review >

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Vile Means by Steve Dimodica
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2016

"A smart, layered spy thriller."
Dimodica (Covert Matters, 2015, etc.) crafts an intricately plotted spy game.Read full book review >