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 >

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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

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

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

Smoke Dreams by Donald Willerton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2014

"A warm, sometimes overly described tale of a simultaneous restoration of a home and homeowner."
A middle-aged man with secrets renovates a haunted house in this historical/mystical Western drama from Willerton (The Lady in White, 2012). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Spectacular dialogue."
Knockout indictment of FBI incompetence at nailing mobsters even when the criminals are handed up fried on a plate; by the author of Undercover: The Secret Lives of an FBI Agent (1988), etc. Goddard makes his case by telling the life of one Billy Breen, an ex-cop who did seven years for bank robbery, armed robbery, and bookmaking and then turned undercover informer for the FBI. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOP'S HOPE by Donald McCaig
Released: May 11, 1994

"His landscapes, whether of the Mississippi Delta, the truck stops along the highway, the life of the American West, or the human heart, are vivid and true."
This finely written sequel to McCaig's popular Nop's Trials (1984) follows Penny Burkeholder and her unique Border Collie, Nop's offering, Hope. Read full book review >