Search Results: "Donald Barthelme"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"A few savory hints here whet the appetite for more: a promised collection of essays and interviews, another of uncollected stories. (Copiously illustrated with loopy prints, not seen but fondly remembered.)"
An unusually miscellaneous miscellany aptly described by its subtitle: marginal work from the late author who became the leading American short-story writer in the 70's. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

What Thomas Pynchon called ``Barthelmismo'' is somewhat lacking in the second posthumous collection edited by Herzinger of Barthelme's miscellaneous writings, which here includes film and book reviews, art catalog essays, and New Yorker pieces. ``Barthelme Takes On Task of Almost Deciphering His Fiction'' ran the New York Times headline when Barthelme delivered a lecture for New York University's Writer at Work series. Read full book review >

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DONALD TRUMP by Jill Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A prefab profile that will be outdated long before it becomes available. (source notes, timeline, further reading, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
A quick scan of the recently elected chief executive's family, background, and campaign. Read full book review >

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FLYING TO AMERICA by Donald Barthelme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"For Barthelme completists only."
The final collection of the influential writer's previously uncollected stories. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and deliciously gossipy: a must for anyone interested in book publishing."
Charming WWII-era letters exchanged by the founders of Random House. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Voters ready to pull the trigger one way or another probably won't be swayed by these revelations, but they are highly damning indeed."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes aim at his longtime bête noire, "a modern P.T. Barnum selling tickets to a modern variation of the Feejee Mermaid." Read full book review >

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HIDING MAN by Tracy Daugherty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Uses a spatula to apply icing rather than a blade to slice and reveal."
The author of Snow White and numerous other postmodern classics gets a generous biography from a former student. Read full book review >

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THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP by Bandy X.  Lee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"As with most anti-Trump books, this one will shore up the opinions of those already convinced of his lack of fitness for the job but won't change the minds of his supporters, the vast majority of whom won't read it."
Mental health professionals and others make the case that Donald Trump is mentally ill, dangerous, or both. Read full book review >

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THE BROTHERS by Frederick Barthelme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"The final image of brotherly revenge is indelible, making this, Kirkus suggested, 'one of Barthelme's more haunting novels.'"
Barthelme's new publisher is returning to print some of his fiction, beginning with this, his novel from 1993, a tale of marital indiscretion and brotherly betrayal set in Biloxi, a familiar terrain in Barthelme's dark and contemporary social comedy. Read full book review >

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ELROY NIGHTS by Frederick Barthelme
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"'It's not as simple as they make it on TV,' says Freddy. Says the reader, oh, dear, but yes it is."
Veteran Barthelme (stories: The Law of Averages, 2000, etc.) sets a semi-successful professor to wondering about the meaning of life—and the reader can actually take him seriously now and then. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 29, 1999

"A queasy, uneasy mixture uniting confessional autobiography with arch literary navel gazing. (16 b&w photos)"
Neither Frederick (Bob the Gambler, 1997, etc.) nor Steven (And He Tells the Little Horse the Whole Story, 1987, not reviewed) has tried his hand at an extended work of nonfiction before, but this grim tale of compulsive gambling and personal disaster should present no problems apart from the ones built into their subject. Read full book review >