Search Results: "Floyd Skloot"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OPEN DOOR by Floyd Skloot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Filled with sloppy writing and a transparently manipulated cast—and further burdened by cartoonish violence that seems to exist only to give a cheap jolt of energy to an otherwise lifeless story."
A third novel from the author of, most recently, Pilgrim's Harbor (1992) traces the travails of a dysfunctional Jewish family from the 1930s through the mid-70s. Read full book review >

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THE PHANTOM OF THOMAS HARDY by Floyd Skloot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"A sporadically insightful, intermittently entertaining blend of memoir, literary history, and fabulist speculation."
A man and his wife, Americans, go to England to visit sites associated with the writer Thomas Hardy; while there, the man sees Hardy in an apparition: "Something I missed," the phantom whispers. Read full book review >

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REVERTIGO by Floyd Skloot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2014

"At the age of 66, the author finds connections among these pieces that are stronger than those readers might discover."
A wide-ranging collection of literary essays in the guise of a memoir. Read full book review >

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A WORLD OF LIGHT by Floyd Skloot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"Deserves a wide audience."
Skloot sketches the similarities between his own mental deterioration due to a brain-ravaging virus and his nonagenarian mother's dementia. Read full book review >

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PILGRIM'S HARBOR by Floyd Skloot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"The night with Cindy and the breakdown have the feel of last-minute improvisations by a writer in a panic over not having put any food on the table."
The self-portrait of a motel manager, and snapshots of the guests, are all you get in this barely breathing first novel. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2011 by Rebecca Skloot
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Literate, nontechnical popular science."
A diverse collection of 20 articles reprinted from the popular press that tackle a wide range of scientific issues of the day, from health and aging to computer viruses and terrorism. Read full book review >

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JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A quiet and informative picture of belated emancipation. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-9)"
A father shares an important holiday with his daughter. Read full book review >

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WILLIE AND THE ALL-STARS by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Triumphant. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
In 1942 on Chicago's North Side, Willie, a young African-American boy, dreams of becoming a great baseball player in the Major Leagues, like Joe DiMaggio or Dizzy Dean. Read full book review >

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COLD PAWS, WARM HEART by Madeleine Floyd
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It's pretty clunky, but the watercolor, ink and pastel pictures fill the pages attractively, and some might find it hard to resist a bear in a red-and-yellow scarf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A goopy sentimental tale, ostensibly about friendship, but mostly just strange. Read full book review >

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JUMP! by Floyd Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Having retired several years ago, Jordan still remains a hero of legendary proportions—Cooper keeps the legend alive. (biographical note) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Michael Jordan was a curious, mischievous little boy who was constantly trying to keep up with his older brother Larry. Read full book review >

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COMING HOME by Floyd Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"A book of generous, but muted, feeling, animated by a central question: What is home? (Author's note; bibliography) (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
Langston Hughes's father lived in Mexico, finding it difficult to get work as an attorney in America because he was black, and Hughes's actress mother was often absent. Read full book review >

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BUFFALO NICKEL by Floyd Salas
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Beautifully written, gritty, and deeply human; maybe Salas will return to regular publishing with the debut of this outstanding memoir."
Piercing and eloquent coming-of-age story from novelist- boxer Salas. Read full book review >