Search Results: "Dillard Johnson"


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CARNIVORE by Dillard Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2013

"An aggressive, unapologetic account of one man's brutal war."
Combat tales from a tank commander-turned-sniper during the Iraq War. Read full book review >

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EXTRAORDINARY WARREN SAVES THE DAY by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The jokes and the line drawings of chickens are all charming, but even more important: We finally have an answer to 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' (Graphic novel. 6-9)"
Any philosophical questions readers ever had about chickens are addressed in this graphic novel. Read full book review >

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MOUSE SCOUTS by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Strong characters plus lots of laughs make this a welcome series for new readers, who will look forward to reading about all 16 badges. (Animal fantasy. 7-10)"
Best friends Tigerlily and Violet earn merit badges and develop their leadership skills as newly minted Acorn Scouts. Read full book review >

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FIRST DAY AT ZOO SCHOOL by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Can opposites be friends? Yes, but real friendship is not the one-way street depicted here. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Dillard explores friendship between two opposites. Read full book review >

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EXTRAORDINARY WARREN by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The simple line drawings are charming. The text is a matter of taste. It will be a hit with fans of borscht-belt humor. Everyone else may be driven…CRAZY. (Graphic fiction. 6-9)"
This is a story that keeps interrupting itself. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 13, 1982

"Still: a collection of meditations like polished stones-painstakingly worded, tough-minded yet partial to Mystery, and peerless when it comes to injecting larger resonances into the natural world."
Again, combining metaphorical leaps with side-of-the-mouth aphorisms and plain-song, Dillard celebrates moments of spiritual comfort and unease—not in sustained meditations here (as in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek or Holy the Firm), but in a variety of encounters with animals, stars, vegetation, and people. Read full book review >

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PERFECTLY ARUGULA by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2009

"Nifty, though the prose doesn't match the visual drollery. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gauche guest rescues dull party, teaching host a lesson. Read full book review >

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OMNIPHOBIA by R.H.W. Dillard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Best and most appealing when the author steers clear of overwriting his characters and laying on the parody too thick."
This collection of short fiction by Dillard (English/Hollins College; The First Man on the Sun, 1983, etc.) runs the gamut from touching to tediously overwritten. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 12, 1984

"Yet it has an easy charm only occasionally compromised by good fellowship sentimentality or interpretive strivings. (It also serves to offset—were that necessary—Liu Zongren's sour, disaffected Two Years in the Melting Pot, below.)"
Dillard's encounters with Chinese writers took place both in China, as part of a US delegation, and in the US, as host to a Chinese delegation: "here were the same events: formal meetings about writers' goals and cultural differences, and informal meetings of comedy or collusion." Read full book review >

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THE WRITING LIFE by Annie Dillard
Released: Sept. 13, 1989

"This, plus her undeniable authority when discussing the miseries and joys that attend the world of pen and ink, makes this slim volume, if not a triumph, at least worth the read."
From the author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Teaching a Stone to Talk, etc., a mosaic of essays on writers and writing, shimmering here and there with a lovely phrase, a bit of sage advice, but often done in by overwrought imagery and overheated views. Read full book review >

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LIVING BY FICTION by Annie Dillard
Released: March 23, 1982

"An enjoyable and thoughtful, often superbly phrased little book."
An equable, frequently elegant, and unpious essay on the vagaries and harmonies of fiction. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF CHANGES by R.H.W. Dillard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Comparing it to Cortázar's more rewarding Hopscotch, in which the hodgepodge design adds up to something wonderful, Kirkus thought, in Dillard's case, 'nothing can be made of nothing.'"
A popular writing professor at Hollins College, Dillard has labored in a number of genres (poetry, fiction, criticism, translation), none of them to great renown. Read full book review >