Search Results: "Gary Ruffin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CHERRY PAGES by Gary Ruffin
Released: March 7, 2013

"Like Surf City, Gulf Front offers two girls for every boy, turning the two-suitor chick-lit standby on its head."
A small-town cop hits the big time acting as bodyguard for a famous film star. Read full book review >

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THE TIME THE WATERS ROSE by Paul Ruffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"These stories exploring how life on the water affects everyday people make for amiable reading, but they become most compelling when Ruffin taps into the bleaker impulses found below a more cordial facade."
In Ruffin's new collection, men, boats, and bodies of water collide unexpectedly, with results that are often humorous, violent, or both. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO WOULD BE GOD by Paul Ruffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 1993

"Such moments and images—set in a Texas where landscape only emphasizes loneliness and obsession—make even the less effective fictions here striking."
A debut collection of 11 sharply etched sketches and stories, most set in East Texas and several originally published in literary quarterlies like Ploughshares or Kansas Quarterly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 15, 2011

"Essays for the drunk and disorderly. Ruffin should stick to poetry and fiction—see The Man Who Would Be God (1993) or Jesus in the Mist (2007)."
Ruffin (English/Sam Houston State Univ.; New and Selected Poems, 2010, etc.) offers a collection of personal essays that read like script ideas rejected by the Farrelly brothers. Read full book review >

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JESUS IN THE MIST by Paul Ruffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Ruffin shows that 'Southern' does not always have to be paired with 'Gothic' and that 'where families are concerned, things are rarely simple.'"
Remarkable stories of seekers, idealists, visionaries and the occasional racist, written in an authentic Southern idiom. Read full book review >

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SWIMMING, SWIMMING by Gary Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Friendship and a pool: the perfect summer combination, here captured to a T. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A quartet of friends—three boys and one girl—revel in the watery joys afforded by the local public pool. Read full book review >

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FAMILY TIES by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Another funny episode in a well-meaning (sort of, anyway) kid's life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kevin, 14 and no stranger to hyperbole, is back for a fifth humor-infused outing as he tries valiantly to deal with his often bizarre extended family (Vote, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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LITTLE BROTHER OF WAR by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"This worthy tale is definitely agenda-driven, but the cultural and historical information is laid onto the story with a light hand. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-13)"
A traditional game provides a way for a Mississippi Choctaw teen to step out of the shadows of his sports-hero older brother and dad. Read full book review >

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LAWN BOY by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2007

"Capital! (Fiction. 9-12)"
After his grandmother gives him an old riding lawnmower for his summer birthday, this comedy's 12-year-old narrator putt-putts into a series of increasingly complex and economically advantageous adventures. Read full book review >