Search Results: "Donald Ray Pollock"


BOOK REVIEW

KNOCKEMSTIFF by Donald Ray Pollock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2008

"Pollock grabs by the throat and doesn't let go."
A debut collection of terrifying, darkly funny stories concerning the drug-addled, beaten-down inhabitants of a southern Ohio holler called Knockemstiff. Read full book review >

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THE HEAVENLY TABLE by Donald Ray Pollock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A darkly comic gorefest by a gifted writer."
In 1917, after the death of their father, three dirt-poor Georgia brothers murder their employer, steal guns and horses, and embark on an epic crime spree. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 2011

"Pollock remains a singular stylist, but he has better books in him than this."
This debut novel occasionally flashes the promise that the author showed in his highly praised short-story collection, but falls short of fulfilling it. 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"A prefab profile that will be outdated long before it becomes available.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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RAY CHARLES by Michael Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Ironically, Lydon notes that the autobiography has 'only one fully fleshed-out character: Brother Ray'; the same could be said for his own work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointingly superficial account of the life of one of popular music's elder statesmen. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >

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ARMADILLO RAY by John Beifuss
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In his first book, Beifuss's text is somewhat wordy, but its point is simple and accessible, its protagonist endearing, and the vibrancy of the illustrations silences debate over minor details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Readers will be drawn here first to newcomer Turley's paintings: oil pastels more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depict a stylized southwestern landscape. 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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RAY & JOAN by Lisa Napoli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A book characterized by deep research and a seamless weaving together of the details of different lives."
A dual biography of the man who made McDonald's ubiquitous and his third wife, who, after his death, spent the last two decades of her life becoming one of most generous philanthropists in American history. Read full book review >

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X-RAY by Ray Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"An overweening but entertaining mess."
The genius behind the Kinks escorts a fictional interlocutor through the first three decades of his life, with much of the perversity, charm, and uneasy wit of his most ambitious lyrics. Read full book review >