Search Results: "George Saunders"


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IN PERSUASION NATION by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Many readers will be glad that they don't live in Persuasion Nation, though the most perceptive will recognize that we already do."
Within this series of thematically linked stories, consumerism goes haywire in a country and era somewhat like our own. Read full book review >

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PASTORALIA by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2000

"Being inside the teeming heads of these folks is amusing and enlightening. So accurately are they rendered, in all their flawed glory, that they appear not only perfectly human but familiar."
The freakish, cowed characters filling Saunders's acclaimed debut, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1995), have spawned a new crop of unhappy, scabrously comic campers in these six stories, as the struggle among them to be happy and do the right thing continues. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Nobody writes quite like Saunders."
A new story collection from the most playful postmodernist since Donald Barthelme, with narratives that can be enjoyed on a number of different levels. Read full book review >

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THE BRAINDEAD MEGAPHONE by George Saunders
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Much smarter and more stimulating than the typical author's clean-out-the-closet collection."
This provocatively engaging collection illuminates the thought processes of one of America's masters of literary gamesmanship. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The politics of scarcity are brilliantly fictionalized in these smart and understated stories that are more Mad Max than 1984."
A debut collection so friendly and casual in style (pieces first appeared in Harper's and The New Yorker) that it takes a while before you realize what a frightening world Saunders has created. Read full book review >

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THE BRIEF AND FRIGHTENING REIGN OF PHIL by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"For those who appreciate speculative, experimental fiction, a mind-bending work inviting readers to ponder the nature of parable and the possibilities of language."
With an absurdist wit as playful as Monty Python's and a vision as dark as Samuel Beckett's, a post-modernist spins a provocative parable of political power and its abuses. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With this book, Saunders asserts a complex and disturbing vision in which society and cosmos blur."
Short-story virtuoso Saunders' (Tenth of December, 2013, etc.) first novel is an exhilarating change of pace. Read full book review >

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CONGRATULATIONS, BY THE WAY by George Saunders
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 2014

"A slim volume appropriate as a graduation gift."
Another example of an author who might well reach a wider audience through a graduation speech than through anything else he has written. Read full book review >

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GEORGE SAUNDERS
by David L. Ulin

George Saunders never meant to write a novel. Or maybe he had come to a certain acceptance about his work. “I had gotten to the place,” he admits, over the phone from Santa Cruz, California, where he is on book tour, “where I was all right with not writing a novel. You know, me and Alice Munro: we don’t ...


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BOOK REVIEW

OLIVE MARSHMALLOW by Katie Saunders
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Well-done new sibling books are always welcome, and this one is as cozy as being swaddled. (Picture book.2-4)"
Another new-baby story joins the cribfull of titles told from the big-sibling angle. Read full book review >

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SNOWTIME by Dave Saunders
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"The slight story lacks structure, but the energetically composed paintings of the ducks in the snow are vibrant and amusing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Dibble and Dabble, introduced in an eponymously titled book (1990), return in a second simple story. Read full book review >

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FIVE CHILDREN ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Kate Saunders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Readers familiar with the classic will probably be dissatisfied with this vision of it; readers unfamiliar with it will be mystified. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
Six characters from a classic work of light British fantasy are resurrected, then two of them are sent to the trenches of World War I. Read full book review >