Search Results: "David Vann"


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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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"How many mishaps can be described in bilious tones before the audience needs to come up for air?"
The author pursues his dream of becoming a charter-boat captain, even though Lady Luck keeps hitting him on the head as if with a baseball bat. Read full book review >

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AQUARIUM by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Vann's novels are striking, uncompromising portraits of American life; here is another exceptional example."
Vann, whose remarkable novels evoke worlds where violence and revenge seem the inevitable outcome of human relationships, offers here a kind of modern fairy tale, one laced with treachery and trials and the greatest demon of all to battle, the past. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 2011

"A carefully crafted account of a descent into fatal madness."
Acclaimed novelist Vann (Caribou Island, 2011, etc.) alternates his own adolescent fantasies about guns and school shootings with those of Steve Kazmierczak, who on Valentine's Day 2008 killed five and wounded 18 on the Northern Illinois University campus before ending his own life. Read full book review >

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DIRT by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2012

"At turns savage and comic, Vann's richly complex novel does what the best literature does: It makes demands on its readers."
After his widely acclaimed first novel, Vann touches on some of the same themes here: enlightenment through labor, the inevitability of violence, the contentious relationship between mother and son. Read full book review >

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BRIGHT AIR BLACK by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"In his ambitious new version of an ancient classic, Vann sacrifices clarity for lyricism but falls short of both."
A retelling of the story of Medea and her exploits with Jason and the Argonauts. Read full book review >

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GOAT MOUNTAIN by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"This book is as all of Vann's fiction: provocative and unforgiving."
Vann's third novel is his most visceral yet: a grinding examination of killing, God and the unnamable forces that create a dynasty of violence. Read full book review >

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CARIBOU ISLAND by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"A striking novel filled with the violence borne of a bitter life."
A bleak Alaska serves as backdrop for this unforgiving glimpse into the many miseries that shape a marriage. 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 BOWIE by Dylan Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A dishy but overstuffed and overly praiseful portrait."
A sweeping, gossipy biography of the chameleonic pop star in the form of an oral history, with input from dozens of collaborators, lovers, and admirers. Read full book review >

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Psyaint David by Wayne  Lanter
Released: May 22, 2016

"An unusual and artistically ambitious—but convoluted—account of a New York City gripped by fear."
A thriller chronicles a metropolis' descent into moral chaos. Read full book review >