Search Results: "Geoffrey Burroughs"


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DESTINY ANSWERS by Geoffrey Burroughs
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"An inspired, if uneven, account of the power of love and the casualty of war."
In Burroughs' work of historical fiction, a pair of destined lovers finds their blossoming romance cut short by a burgeoning war of epic proportions. Read full book review >

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Released: May 25, 1981

"Otherwise, this is more a portrait of others' need for Burroughs to be an elder Great than of the more modest (and more engaging) actuality."
After the resounding thud made by Burroughs' last novel, Cities of the Red Night, these transcriptions of table-talk serve some rehabilitative purpose, presenting a picture of an aging, conservative, serious man who, with his best work perhaps now behind him, admits himself that he may have come to sound "like some sort of great nineteenth-century crank who thought that brown sugar was the answer to everything and was practicing something he called brain breathing." Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 5, 1993

"More an extended and semiliterate fan-gush than a biography; for a far more satisfying look at Burroughs's life, see Ted Morgan's Literary Outlaw (1988). (B&w photographs)"
Fawning and klutzy, with the critical and grammatical skills of the average college sophomore book report (``Just because Burroughs appropriates characters or even chunks of text from someone else's book, this does not mean they are an influence on him, though it probably does mean that he likes their work''), Miles (Allen Ginsberg, 1989) slaps Burroughs's life and spotty works down into a sandwich of no-brainer Zeitgeist-y approval (``Lauren Hutton introduced him on Saturday Night Live in December 1981 as `in my opinion the greatest living writer' ''), buying-in wholesale to Burroughs's off-the-cuff and self-resolving ``theories'' (``legal cannabis was prescribed for paranoia: cannabis is illegal, therefore users suffer from the paranoia that they will get busted. Read full book review >

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JOHN BURROUGHS by Jr. Renehan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1992

"Renehan gives the old Burroughs-as-lovable-bewhiskered- funkster chestnut a decent burial, and, commendably, allows the man to emerge from the fog of his reputation—broad of stature but riddled naturally enough with foibles. (Photographs—not seen.)"
John Burroughs (1837-1921) might have wished for more poetry in this biography by free-lance writer Renehan (The American Scholar, The Conservationist, etc.), but he couldn't have asked for a more inclusive or caring portrait. Read full book review >

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OH DEAR, GEOFFREY! by Gemma O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Oh yes, Geoffrey! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Can a clumsy giraffe make friends? Read full book review >

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CALL ME BURROUGHS by Barry Miles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"While segments about the writing of groundbreaking works like Naked Lunch and heroin-fueled binges in Tangiers and Paris are satisfyingly voyeuristic, the biography is ultimately neither sensational enough to court controversy nor keen enough to be useful to future scholars."
A ponderous revisiting of the strange and terrible life of the godfather of America's Beat movement. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1993

"Early documents from the Godfather of Grunge."
The MTV generation's idea of an outlaw-writer, Burroughs finds himself a minor/grand old man of sorts—which is why, presumably, this book. Read full book review >

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JOHN BURROUGHS, THE SAGE OF SLABSIDES by Ginger Wadsworth
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 17, 1997

"Burroughs's work remains a landmark of environmental awareness and much of it is still being reprinted: Back this capable biography up with the compilation John Burroughs' America (1997). (bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-13)"
Wadsworth (John Muir, 1992, etc.) pays tribute to an icon of the environmental conservation movement, a popular nature writer of the last century and friend to the likes of Walt Whitman, John Muir, and Teddy Roosevelt. Read full book review >

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POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2006

"Wears a little thin by the end, but still no mean effort. Sometimes, a genuine laugh or 20 is enough."
Popular memoirist Burroughs (Running with Scissors, 2002, etc.) again turns his whirligig neuroses into something resembling a book. Read full book review >

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RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2002

"An unusual upbringing, reconstituted into a very usual memoir."
Autobiography of adolescent trauma depicting the author's quest for survival in an unorthodox family alongside his quest for fabulous hair. Read full book review >

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THE FOXES OF CAMINUS by Laura Burroughs

"A flawed but whimsical fantasy tale about high school life and self-discovery."
In Burroughs' debut YA novel, twin siblings are sent to a secret boarding school and confront new realities about themselves, technology and the world at large. Read full book review >

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MAGICAL THINKING by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"Dementedly original and unstoppable: Burroughs deserves a shelf all to himself, just as an unpredictable convict might require protective custody."
Growing pains come first, then the adult pains, from the ever-odd, tragically farcical Burroughs. Read full book review >