Search Results: "George Plimpton"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"A good collection to have around on principle, and genuinely inspiring."
This updated collection offers comforting yet intense views of 16 modern female literary icons from Mary McCarthy to Joyce Carol Oates. Read full book review >

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THE X FACTOR by George Plimpton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 1995

"Win or lose, Plimpton writes with self-effacing humor and at least as much wit as wisdom; America's most famous professional dilettante doesn't demand to be taken too seriously."
The adroit author (Open Net, 1987, etc.), Paris Review editor, and amateur jock who plays with the pros suits up once again to pitch horseshoes with George Bush and, incidentally, to pursue the elusive factor that makes champions out of mortals. Read full book review >

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HOME RUN by George Plimpton
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"The home run as nirvana: a pleasant thought that echoes throughout these pages, which, all in all, are a real treat for baseball fans."
A winning anthology devoted to that most satisfying of moments—smacking a baseball out of the park. Read full book review >

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LATIN AMERICAN WRITERS AT WORK by George Plimpton
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2003

"A worthy entry in the long list of Paris Review interview volumes, of considerable interest to students of world literature and creative writing."
Collection of interviews from The Paris Review with ten authors addressing many subjects but a single overarching theme: What does it mean to be a Latin American writer? Read full book review >

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PET PEEVES by George Plimpton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"For the pet-obsessed only."
This faintly amusing blend of Plimpton's ironic words and Koren's shaggy drawings purports to be a series of letters sent to a veterinarian who wrote a syndicated pet-advice column before his disappearance in 1998. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN MOVIE WRITING 1998 by George Plimpton
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"A thought-provoking commingling of shop talk, sociological meditation, and personal memoir that shows the range of responses possible for an art form at the height of its popularity."
The year's social and cinematic concerns are captured in this well-sculpted inaugural volume on film from guest editor and cameo actor Plimpton (The X Factor, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"Capote's flamboyant, fascinating life as related by other voices, other views. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
Less a literary convocation than an A-list gab-fest, this volume is filled over the brim with three things Capote cared deeply about: gossip, name-dropping, and himself. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 1997 by George Plimpton
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 1997

"Still, if much this collection represents the best stuff available, one hesitates to see the articles that didn't pass muster."
The editor of Paris Review and sporting dilettante extraordinaire Plimpton separates the sportswriting champs from the chumps in the latest entry in this annual series. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Hearing Plimpton's unique voice again reminds how grievous has been its loss."
A posthumous collection of diverse pieces by the writer who pioneered participatory journalism and founded the Paris Review. Read full book review >

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THE HARDING SISTERS OF STERLING CITY ROAD AND ME by Carol E. Plimpton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2017

"An uneven chronicle reveals the joys and tribulations of New England sisters."
A debut memoir follows a large family in rural Connecticut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 28, 1994

"A second-rate rendering of a first-rate idea: the limit of popular tolerance in early American democracy as exemplified by the life and death of one courageous woman."
The story of Mary Dyer, executed in 1660 in Boston for her Quaker beliefs, should be an instructive walk on the darker side of American democracy—but this treatment by debut author Plimpton reads more like one of those perky biographies inflicted on middle- schoolers for a social-studies project. Read full book review >