Search Results: "Denis Dutton"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Promises to instigate a lively conversation about the origins and meaning of art, not only among the author's peers in academia, but also in the culture at large."
Pugnacious, witty and entertaining first book by prolific essayist and critic Dutton (Philosophy of Art/Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand), who founded the influential blog Arts & Letters Daily. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Capably transforms one of the bleakest episodes in modern history into an instructive account of events that have lasting repercussions to this day."
Journalist Duffy (The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews, and Built a Village in the Forest, 2003) recounts the story of the "Strokestown Massacre," offering a vivid account of the Great Irish Famine along the way. Read full book review >

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SUPPOSED TO DIE by Hugh Dutton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Dutton's debut packs so many minor characters into his opening chapters that it's hard to connect to the hero, but her storytelling has grit and the sleuthing trio has nice chemistry."
Can't an innocent ex-con catch a break? Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 9, 2007

"Teachers in the upper-elementary grades will want to enlist Miss Perfect's help in their letter-writing lessons, and parents and grandparents who would like to encourage proper behavior from their own little beasts will find Miss Perfect's approach commendable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
An articulate bird named Miss Perfect serves as the advice columnist for the Beastly News in this witty collection that entertains while subtly conveying information about manners and letter-writing conventions. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"It's been a while since science nerds were true outcasts, but this group shines in the best of oddball company."
A heart-gladdening tale of 11 students contesting for top honors in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Read full book review >

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MARY MAE AND THE GOSPEL TRUTH by Sandra Dutton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Mary Mae is a memorable character—spunky but not defiant—whose search for truth drives the narrative. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Mary Mae loves questions. Read full book review >

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FREAKED by J.T. Dutton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Half-baked. (Fiction. YA)"
Burnout private-schooler Scotty Loveletter has two aims in life: getting high and getting lost in the trancey vibes of the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >

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DRIFTWOOD by Elizabeth Dutton
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A road-trip novel that will make readers want to hop into the car alongside Clem and keep driving, even if they've already seen all the sights and sounds before and know exactly how the journey ends."
Rich girl Clem Jasper is drifting through life with no plan or purpose until her rock-singer father dies, leaving her a mysterious pack of letters that will take her on a road trip through California and a journey into his past. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2011

"Entertaining and sometimes illuminating."
Psychologist Dutton (Research Fellow/Cambridge Univ. Faraday Institute; co-editor, Why the Science and Religion Dialogue Matters: Voices from the International Society for Science and Religion, 2006) unravels the evolutionary roots of the art of persuasion. Read full book review >

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MARGARET THE FIRST by Danielle Dutton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"Margaret's alternating bursts of inspiration and despair about her work may feel achingly familiar to Dutton's likely readers, many of whom will probably also be aspiring writers."
A slim, poetic meditation on the writing life as seen through the experiences of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, a 17th-century woman of letters. Read full book review >

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CAPP STREET CARNIVAL by Sandra Dutton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2003

"Harmless, quick, fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Mary Mae Krebs, the 11-year-old singer-songwriter heroine, knows exactly what she wants in Dutton's thin but readable, humorous offering. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An enjoyable, breezy treatment of a provocative subject."
Psychopaths who commit violent crimes are at one end of a spectrum that also includes solid citizens. Read full book review >