Search Results: "David Rakoff"


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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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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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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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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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MY SALINGER YEAR by Joanna Rakoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2014

"Many of the mysteries of the literary world remain mysteries to the author, but she provides good company as she explores them."
A sharply observed coming-of-age memoir about an aspiring writer's entry-level job at a fading literary agency. Read full book review >

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A FORTUNATE AGE by Joanna Smith Rakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Here's hoping for a sequel, when all of them will be older, and none will be wiser."
Sometimes a novel's surface weaknesses reveal themselves as underlying strengths. Read full book review >

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POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION. TOO SOON?
by Karen Schechner

The collective love for post-apocalyptic fiction might have dipped a bit since The Handmaid’s Tale started to hew too closely to reality. But it’s an irresistible subgenre. For those looking for more depictions of a frightening, all-too-plausible future run by religious zealots hungry for control, The Seekers series, by David Litwack, may suit.  

In the series’ debut, The Children ...


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HE MAKES HIS STAND IN THE AUDITORIUM
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Cover Story: Fabulous
BFF Charm: Extra Sparkly Platinum
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: The Script
Bonus Factors: LGBTQ, Musical
Relationship Status: Season Ticket Holder

 

Cover Story: Fabulous

Since this book is written as a script, the cover is extremely fitting. But the most appropriate aspect ...


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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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DAVID LEVITHAN CHANGES THE WORLD ONE KISS AT A TIME
by Sarah Pitre

 

 

BOOK REPORT for Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan  

Cover Story: PDAA
BFF Charm: Make It Rain
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk:  Whimsically Weighty
Bonus Factors: Diversity, World Record, YA Inside Joke
Relationship Status: Revolutionary

Cover Story: PDAA

Normally, when I see two people kissing on a cover, I consider it a defacement of the ...


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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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