Search Results: "Dennis McFarland"


BOOK REVIEW

SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND by Dennis McFarland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"McFarland's novel is full of airy meditations on mortality, but it is his robust characterizations that make it so heart-warming, such an impressive conquest of new territory. (Book- of-the-Month Club selection)"
The self-destructive family and the complicated love between siblings, core elements of McFarland's acclaimed 1990 debut The Music Room, reappear in a bold new configuration in this second novel about an elderly, emotionally unfulfilled brother and sister. Read full book review >

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NOSTALGIA by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A distinguished addition to fictionalized narratives focused on the Civil War and its aftermath."
A Civil War novel from Vermont-based author McFarland (Letter from Point Clear, 2007, etc.) that, like The Red Badge of Courage, focuses on the horror of battle as well as on the psychology of the soldier. Read full book review >

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LETTER FROM POINT CLEAR by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"A work to be savored: McFarland knows how to put words together in guileful and bewitching ways."
A novel of nuanced emotional complexity, with a refreshing emphasis on character rather than on post-modern angst. Read full book review >

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PRINCE EDWARD by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2004

"A near-miss then, though well worth reading."
The growth of a southern white boy's moral consciousness. Read full book review >

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A FACE AT THE WINDOW by Dennis McFarland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 1997

"Many will concur at the finish of this tiresome book that aimed high, but got paled out, then hit low. (Literary Guild selection; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
McFarland's old strengths (The Music Room, 1990; School for the Blind, 1994) are less evident this time: His often golden style survives, but psychology and focus are bungled in this tale of a man paying for the sins of his past through encounters with ghosts in the present. Read full book review >

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SINGING BOY by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Slow-paced and heavy going at times but well worth reading for its profound and unsentimental exploration of the grieving process."
McFarland (The Music Room, 1990; A Face at the Window, 1997, etc.) plunges the reader into the maelstrom of grief that arises in the aftermath of the random murder of a college professor. Read full book review >

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SANDY DENNIS by Sandy Dennis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 1997

"Despite the editor's best efforts to weld these disparate fragments together, they never really cohere into anything more than a series of precious, pointillist moments. (23 b&w photos, not seen)"
Sometimes there are pressing reasons to publish a work posthumously. Read full book review >

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DENNIS AND GREER by Molly Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 27, 2017

"An often beautiful, if repetitive, chronicle of youthful romance."
A debut collection of poetically charged love letters, exchanged by the editor's mother and her first husband in the mid-1960s. Read full book review >

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I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER by Illeana Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The author's warm portraits and disarming honesty infuse the memoir with an endearing sweetness and charm."
Actress, producer, and director Douglas celebrates her love of movies in a cheerful debut memoir. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Resurrected from the newspaper morgue, these pieces tend to lose whatever punch they may have initially had."
Journalist Steinbach is a Pulitzer Prize winner, but the award was given for feature articles written for the Baltimore Sun, not for this motley assortment of reflections on ``the small events that make up a life.'' In the footsteps of other essayists and columnists—Erma Bombeck and Steinbach's hero E.B. White among them—Steinbach digs for the universal in the personal, and from time to time, she strikes pay dirt. Read full book review >

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DOUG-DENNIS AND THE FLYAWAY FIB by Darren Farrell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"A promising first book; here's hoping his second is just as funny. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sheep Doug-Dennis and elephant Ben-Bobby are great friends, the type of buddies who go to the circus when bored. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 10, 1998

"More 'Work' than 'Life,' Gilbert's book will provide much enlightenment for Potter devotees, but the definitive biography of this gifted artist is still to be written. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A thoughtful study of the work of Dennis Potter, arguably the finest writer ever to come out of television. Read full book review >