Search Results: "David Wills"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DIARY OF AN IDIOT by David Wills
Released: Feb. 9, 2012

"A well-drawn narrator, fast-paced plot and dark humor make Wills' debut a promising one."
A young man begins keeping a diary to improve his humdrum existence—just days before love, violence and loss consume his life. Read full book review >

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VERDI'S SHAKESPEARE by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"While the book has an enormous amount to teach devotees of either Shakespeare or Verdi, opera fans in particular will enjoy the author's close and illuminating attention to backstage history, as well as words, music and phrasing."
One genius interprets another: English to Italian, words to lyrics, immortal drama to overpowering opera. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Though Wills continues to wear his erudition on his sleeve, he is also, as ever, provocative—and, here, eloquent and moving too. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another attempt by journalist-historian Wills (Under God, 1990, etc.) to peel away layers of myth to extract the original context and continued relevance of an American institution—as he did in his trilogy about the Enlightenment influence on early America: Cincinnatus (1984), Explaining America (1981), and Inventing America (1978). Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH POPE FRANCIS by Garry Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2015

"A welcome, thoughtful menu for the new pope on how to proceed with reform."
Beautifully conceived and wrought essays that systematically address the wrongheadedness of the Catholic Church over centuries—and the space therein for Francis' long-needed reforms. Read full book review >

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“NEGRO PRESIDENT” by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"An eye-opening, carefully argued exposé of what the author justifiably considers to be one of the big sleeper issues in American political history."
Thomas Jefferson may have agonized privately over keeping slaves, writes Pulitzer-winning historian Wills, but he didn't think twice about putting them to work defending the institution of slavery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

1688 by Jr. Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Occasionally entertaining bedside reading for history buffs, but not much more."
Another global history set in a pivotal year. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1992

"A gripping tale of transformation and redemption—though some may gasp at the cost."
A California mother of six joins one of her surviving sons in recounting their family's tragic and exhilarating involvement in hang gliding—an unusual tale of an eccentric American family, and, perhaps unintentionally, a stern warning to others who long to fly. Read full book review >

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THE FARTHER YOU RUN by Davida Wills Hurwin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2003

"Upscale Lurlene McDaniel fare. (Fiction. YA)"
Samantha, the surviving friend in perennially popular A Time for Dancing (1995) continues her life immediately following Julie's death by leaving dancing completely alone. Read full book review >

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THE PULITZER PRIZES 1990 by Kendall J. Wills
Released: Nov. 12, 1990

Fourth volume in the annual series, and once again the work—articles, commentary, criticism—proves exemplary. Read full book review >

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A TIME FOR DANCING by Davida Wills Hurwin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The novel is beautifully composed, with dialogue that never falters, characters who are fully realized, and plotting to make readers turn the pages through their tears. (Fiction. 12+)"
Samantha and Juliana have been best friends forever. Read full book review >

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The Black River Chronicles by David Tallerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2016

"Well-crafted fantasy fiction about a team of young trainees tackling dangerous missions."
A novel follows a new student at the Black River Academy of Swordcraft and Spellcraft. Read full book review >

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SAINT AUGUSTINE’S CHILDHOOD by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2001

"One can only hope that Wills will expand his project and give us the Testimony whole."
An exacting—and exciting—new translation and discussion of the first book of Augustine's Confessiones by an accomplished and prolific stylist and classicist (Venice: Lion City, below, etc.). Read full book review >