Search Results: "Donald Newlove"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 9, 1993

In the second volume of an intended trilogy about writing, novelist/memoirist (and longtime Kirkus reviewer) Newlove (Curranne Trueheart, 1986, etc.) infuses readers with a sense of the power that real feeling, honestly observed, brings to great writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"Poll working novelists and you'll likely find agreement—from the technicians of the form itself—with many of Newlove's tastes and reasons—and appreciation of the pure keen savor that words falling onto the page just right can bring on in one of their smiths."
Disorganized and capricious though it is, novelist Newlove's (Curranne Trueheart, 1985, etc.) little book is an ardent breeze blowing open the many different pages bound into the great book of prose-stylistics, focusing on arresting first paragraphs (to Newlove, these are the ones with immediate and in-drawing voice and clean, un-Latinate presence). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 22, 1994

"His examples are wonderfully eclectic: Shakespeare's Hamlet, Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin's screenplay for Raging Bull, Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist, Dennis Potter's teleplay for The Singing Detective, and others."
Adding to his collections of great openings (First Paragraphs, 1991) and descriptive writing (Painted Paragraphs), Newlove turns his attention to his favorite passages of written dialogue, offering bits of conversation from movies, plays, television, and novels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT AT THE FAIR by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This evocative book could be paired to nice effect with Elisha Cooper's sunny Country Fair (1997). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Crews (Shortcut, 1992, etc.) uses, to great effect, the contrast of the night sky and the gaudy lights of typical fair amusements in his picture book of very few words but very kinetic images. Read full book review >

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SHORTCUT by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"A breathless tour-de-force for train lovers of any age. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a return to Bigmama's (1991) small Florida community for a second story based on Crews's childhood memories, a group of children walking through a narrow railroad cut have to dive into the brambles when an unexpected train rockets past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COCKROACHES OF STAY MORE by Donald Harington
Released: March 10, 1989

Harington (The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1975) returns to the fictional town of Stay More, this time to spin an exotic, amusing tale about a colony of cockroaches who talk in hillbilly dialect. Read full book review >

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A DANGEROUS MAGIC by Donald Hounam
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Violent, profane, caustic, grisly, and pitch-black—but all in a good way. (Horror/mystery. 14-adult)"
A brilliant teenage sorcerer takes on the case of a beheaded bishop in this supernatural noir debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE READ by Donald  Crews
Released: March 1, 1967

"We read, we see, we understand, we abzorb."
"From the alphabet, with Just twenty-six, letters, A to Z, all words are made." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 2004

"Woods acknowledges failures, such as the fall of Winnie Mandela, while concluding that the emergence of a free South Africa was 'a brilliant achievement.' Readers of this vivid memoir will surely agree."
A noted South African exile returns to his homeland to find that wondrous changes have taken place since the fall of apartheid. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 4, 2001

"Engaging, if not always compelling, and best seen as a journalist's time capsule, not as an ultimate work. Enjoy it for Katz's ability to convey adventure, and for his prescient takes on the 1970s and '80s—like his bright view of the young Arkansas governor from a town called Hope."
A smooth collection of previously published articles on late-20th-century politics and places, by the observant author of, most recently, Just Do It: The Nike Spirit in the Corporate World (1994). Read full book review >