Search Results: "Donald Newlove"


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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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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LENYA by Donald Spoto
Released: May 3, 1989

The first full-dress life of Lotte Lenya reveals with deep warmth a story few biographers could ruin, and Spoto does his best work since 1983's The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLY WEED by Donald Harington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 1996

"But Harington, an ingenious, wise storyteller and a sly stylist, able to catch the tang and vigor of the spoken word, makes Doc and the other inhabitants of Stay More seem as real as the mountains they inhabit—and also as mysteriously timeless."
Inspired, playful storytelling from one of our most consistently original (and impish) novelists (Ekaterina, 1993, etc.), who now returns to his Ozark version of Shangri-la—the village of Stay More, a place hard to find but infinitely harder to leave. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2002

"Wild, weird, and wonderful. Harington should send a copy to Al Gore—then disconnect his phone."
If Robert Penn Warren had ever been turned on to hallucinogens, he might have produced something like this fantasy of a mad southern autodidact who runs for governor of Arkansas and finds just enough lunatics to bring him to the threshold of victory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 8, 1992

"Honig (Marching Home, 1980, etc.) is strong on baseball lore, weak on characterization and poetics."
It's 1947, and Branch Rickey is about to change the all-white face of baseball forever: He is bringing in Jackie Robinson to play first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read full book review >

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A LONG DECEMBER by Donald Harstad
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Top-drawer Harstad, full of really cool dialogue."
With 26 years as an Iowa police officer behind him, the retired Harstad handles his procedurals with absolute authority and his rural Nation County, Iowa, characters with a dry wittiness. Read full book review >

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AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SKY by Donald Morrill
Released: June 15, 1998

"Nothing distinguishes this debut volume of anecdotal verse from the heaps of similar, mostly inoffensive, books, with their commonplace observations on death, love, nature, and so on."
The author of the prose volume A Stranger's Neighborhood (1997) collects his first volume of poems: a motley batch of mostly confessional and autobiographical verse, filled out with natural observations, and pieces that confirm this married white poet's sensitivity toward women, blacks, and gays. Read full book review >