Search Results: "Frank Lentricchia"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY CRITELLI and THE KNIFEMEN by Frank Lentricchia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Sometimes he succeeds."
A welcome advance over his messy and confessional Edge of Night (1994), these two novellas by the Duke literary theorist still bear the signs of someone who's spent much of his career thinking about fiction, not creating it. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF RUTH by Frank Lentricchia
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"An extravagantly far-fetched novel that ogles celebrity even as it professes artistic detachment."
A world-class photographer has close calls in Fidel's Havana and Saddam's Baghdad in the latest from novelist/critic Lentricchia (Crimes of Art and Terror, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DOG KILLER OF UTICA by Frank Lentricchia
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 22, 2014

"Lentricchia (Literature/Duke; The Book of Ruth, 2005, etc.) writes great scenes and sentences, and several of the characters—especially a tough-girl bodyguard, a right-wing radio ranter and Conte's precocious 13-year-old neighbor—are keepers. Just don't expect a rush of satisfaction when this scruffy, elegiac dance comes to an end."
Dogs aren't the only victims of upstate New York's latest murderer, but they're certainly the most perplexing. Read full book review >

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LUCCHESI AND THE WHALE by Frank Lentricchia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

A hybrid of literary comment and fictional creation, this latest from critic, memoirist, and novelist Lentricchia (Johnny Critelli and The Knifemen, 1996) perfectly captures the voice of the critic agonistes: the once-detached scholar no longer hiding, or hiding behind, his judgments and values. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF NIGHT by Frank Lentricchia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Next time, think clarity and focus."
Once called ``the Dirty Harry of contemporary literary theory,'' Lentricchia (Duke) proves something of a postmodern wimp in this annoying, enervating memoir of his life as a critic (successful) and family man (failure). Read full book review >

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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A LONG WAY AWAY by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"Meticulously designed, from its art direction to the print and finish on the pages, this is a thoughtful and thought-provoking work. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Cleverly designed and perfectly executed, this dynamic two-way story across space, land and sea offers multidimensional adventure and possibilities. Read full book review >

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LOOKING CLOSELY ALONG THE SHORE by Frank Serafini
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2008

"Happy hunting. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Children are asked to stretch their imaginations and their knowledge of the natural world in this title and its companion, from the Looking Closely series. Read full book review >

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AMERICA'S PRAIRIES by Frank Staub
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 1994

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
Beginning with a survey of grasslands worldwide, a map showing the extent of the three types (tallgrass, mixed, and shortgrass) that make up the North American prairie, and a clear explanation of their differing characteristics, Staub answers precisely the questions raised by Dvorak's beautiful photo introduction (above). Read full book review >

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FIONA RAPS IT UP by Frank Remkiewicz
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Kids will love this book. (Picture book. 4+)"
A story brimming with mimicry and mockery about Fiona, a flamingo who misses ``an important left turn'' and is separated from the flock; she lands on a banana boat whose captain has a flair for hip-hop: ``Well, crash my boat/and make me nervous!/I'm the Rappin' Cap'n/at your service.'' As she leaves the boat with the egg she has just laid, Fiona starts rapping herself, and she doesn't stop until she has walked all the way to Bolivia, passing different dangerous animals on the way. Read full book review >

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WATER by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"Though catalogued as nonfiction, this title will be better off in the picture book section. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
``Water is dew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERONS by Frank Staub
by Frank Staub, photographed by Frank Staub
ANIMALS
Released: June 13, 1997

"A note for adults that includes hints for using the book seems self-evident. (map, glossary, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Herons are the long-legged, needle-beaked birds that vigilantly comb marshlands for food. Read full book review >