Search Results: "Doyle McManus"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 12, 1991

"Snap judgments on issues that deserve more intensive analysis- -but, for its pessimism, an interesting contrast to Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies's Crystal Globe (p. 1193)."
A once-over-lightly report on the sociopolitical and economic state of the Global Village from a pair of Los Angeles Times correspondents. Read full book review >

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BITTER MILK by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"The work of a young writer still seeking his own voice. When McManus finds it, the results may be spectacular."
Claustrophobic first novel about an embattled and haunted Southern boyhood. Read full book review >

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STOP BREAKIN DOWN by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"If it's true that amateurs borrow and professionals steal, when McManus begins a truly larcenous assault on those he admires, he's in for a promising career."
Now and then comes a first book by a writer so young and possessed of unique voice and vision, his promise seems unlimited—that, despite its evident poise and skill, is unfortunately not the case with this highly derivative debut collection. Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF A POKER PLAYER by James McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"With this plainspoken, highly readable coming-of-age story, McManus adds another winning hand to a growing body of work on the hearts and souls lost to the game of poker."
A boy copes with Catholicism, nuns, and such forbidden fruit as girls and gambling in a collection of closely related stories. Read full book review >

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BORN ON A TRAIN by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"McManus seems enamored of trapping his characters in hillbilly hell and stranding both them and readers there—for an inordinate amount of time."
Backcountry doom and gloom in tales that strive for authenticity and occasionally achieve it. Read full book review >

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PHYSICAL by James McManus
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2006

"Good reporting would have produced a better book, had been accompanied by more self-restraint."
An assignment from Harper's to undergo, and report back on, the Mayo Clinic's three-day "executive checkup" morphs into true confessions, political diatribes and sundry other tidbits. Read full book review >

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THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"The rich are not like you and me, but if they're as awful as they are in this book, God help them."
The decline and fall of a wealthy family, including a clinical drug trial, insider trading, subprime mortgages, and a terrible opera. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"A satisfying, useful overview—given poker's popularity, this is sure to be a prominent book this holiday season."
The epic story of how poker has grown from disreputable roots to become America's—and the world's—game. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An uneven but very workable guide. (resources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
A tutorial lesson book on programming in Scratch, along with a Web-design primer. Read full book review >

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GOING TO THE SUN by James McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"It's a strong storyteller who can bring so elliptically to a close such an emotionally affecting tale—which is exactly what the sensitive and talented McManus manages to do."
With lyrical precision and solid, unpredictable storytelling, McManus (Ghost Waves, 1988, etc.)—a poet and novelist who displays here the skills of both genres—creates a contemporary picaresque that establishes human finitude as the noblest obsession. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR IN THE ATTIC by Patrick McManus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2002

"For the reader who once wore a mackinaw or grasped a shotgun shell or bamboo fishing pole, McManus once again offers a camp right at home—and real bucolic fun."
After 15 collected frolics (Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing, 1997, etc.), McManus returns, still camping in territory as daunting as his own backyard. Read full book review >

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FOX TOOTH HEART by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"With his strange cast of drunks, murderers, and the drug-addled, McManus fits comfortably into a tradition of Gothic writing, adding his own—dare one say peculiar?—twists."
McManus shows a quirky originality in these nine stories as he focuses on the outré and bizarre doings of his off-center characters. Read full book review >