Search Results: "David Rakoff"


BOOK REVIEW

THE UNCOLLECTED DAVID RAKOFF by David Rakoff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A hit-and-miss selection that is more of a footnote to Rakoff's career than a summary of it."
A posthumous, clearinghouse collection by the writer and NPR humorist. Read full book review >

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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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LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH by David Rakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"Strong work. It deepens the impact that this was the last book completed by the author."
This short novel of rhyming verse might be better read aloud, if only the author were still alive to read it. Read full book review >

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HALF EMPTY by David Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"An unsentimental comic depiction of our inability to recognize our own short-sided logic."
A collection of humorous—albeit pessimistic—essays on humankind's incalculable foibles. Read full book review >

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DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE by David Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"The self-lacerating wit of David Sedaris mixed with the biting commentary of Dan Savage—only completely and utterly original."
Rakoff (Fraud, 2001) targets cultural excess in this humorous essay collection. Read full book review >

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FRAUD by David Rakoff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2001

"But mostly he is. Cloying, overlong diversions best suited for 15 minutes of public radio. Nothing more."
Fifteen disparate personal essays running from wisecracking self-deprecation to a misplaced, though welcome, earnestness from yet another young, sardonic NPR graduate. 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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DAVID LYNCH by Dennis Lim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A streamlined and breezily engaging—but impressively rigorous—evaluation of a unique film talent; essential reading for fans of Lynch and the immersive, elusive worlds he creates."
The director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center delivers a short, sharp reckoning with the dangerous visions of celebrated filmmaker David Lynch. Read full book review >

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DAVID HOCKNEY by Christopher Simon Sykes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2012

"A personal, lively look at this extraordinary artist's career. Readers will eagerly await the second volume."
First volume of an intimate, vivid biography of the ever-evolving English artist. Read full book review >

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DAVID CROCKETT by III Groneman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A small survey of many virtues; it holds to the middle ground between hagiography and debunking, making allowances for Crockett's lapses into bad behavior while highlighting his better qualities."
Hero or opportunist? Rebel or terrorist? Did he even own a coonskin cap? Davy Crockett was an enigma in his own age—and certainly the right man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Chalk one up for the Philistines."
A biographical narrative, in which lawyer, journalist, and amateur Bible student Kirsch (Moses, 1998) aims to strip away the pious gloss that later editors have allegedly added to the Bible. Read full book review >