Search Results: "David Rains Wallace"


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THE VERMILION PARROT by David Rains Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1991

"An enjoyable and diverting read—not really as farcical as it sounds—that offers some thoughtful comments on the human condition."
Nature-writer Wallace (Bulow Hammock, The Turquoise Dragon, etc.) produces another delightful, fast-paced ecological thriller, this one featuring a unique survivor from prehistoric times—a five-foot-tall talking parrot—along with condor thieves, religious cultists, the CIA, and one beautiful spy, among other attractions. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"An eloquent case study with worldwide lessons. (Map.)"
Comprehensive history of the Costa Rican National Park system, generally considered a global model of ecological preservation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A vibrant natural (and human) history of a biomassive throughway where large patches still remain unknown. (2 maps, not seen)"
The unique evolutionary story of the species-rich Central American land bridge is eloquently chronicled by Wallace (The Quetzal and the Macaw, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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GEOFFREY CHAUCER by David  Wallace
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Though chiefly a book for scholars and English majors rather than general readers, there is much to glean from this brief but thorough exploration of a seminal, enduring poet whose influence is still felt today."
A scholarly celebration of a "global Renaissance" in appreciation of Geoffrey Chaucer as the founding father of a great literary tradition. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2007 by David Foster Wallace
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2007

"Reliable and yet still surprising—the best of the best."
The 2007 edition of the now-venerable series. Read full book review >

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BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1999

"Still, Wallace is a witty guide to the fragmented, paranoid Way We Live Now, someone perhaps poised to become the 21st-century's Robert Benchley or James Thurber—both a frightening and a beguiling prospect."
A stimulating, if intermittently opaque, collection of discursive stories and even less fully fictionalized humorous pieces from the savvy-surrealistic author of Infinite Jest (1996), etc. Though few of the tales here contain conventionally developed characters or narrative situations, most feature instantly recognizable generic figures. Read full book review >

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OBLIVION by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2004

"One of our best young writers just keeps getting better."
Media overkill and other forms of contemporary paranoia and mendacity take their lumps in this third collection from the brainy postmodernist author (Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1997

This collection of essays by hot novelist Wallace (Infinite Jest, 1996, etc.) is sometimes tiresome but often truly rewarding. Read full book review >

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BOTH FLESH AND NOT by David Foster Wallace
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Not altogether Wallace's finest work, but it brings some welcome exposure to some of his best pieces."
Previously uncollected essays and reportage by the late author, reflecting his varied interests, from tennis to Borges to higher math. Read full book review >

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THE PALE KING by David Foster Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2011

"Unfinished or no, it's worth reading this long, partly shaped novel just to get at its best moments, and to ponder what Wallace, that excellent writer, would have done with the book had he had time to finish it himself."
Rollicking postmodern romp, by the late cult-favorite novelist and essayist Wallace (with help from an editor), through the bowels of the IRS. Read full book review >