Search Results: "George Singleton"


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WHY DOGS CHASE CARS by George Singleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2004

"As funny as it is, Singleton's humor has a sharp edge, and his episodic account of life in the hinterlands is as poignant as it is outrageous."
Fourteen interconnected stories depict the strange and ineluctable process by which an odd teenager grows into a semi-serious young man. Read full book review >

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WORK SHIRTS FOR MADMEN by George Singleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The canned southern whimsy is rather self-consciously cute and provides gags rather than character development."
A nominally comic novel in which a Southern artist contends with his wife, his drinking, his buddies and his out-of-control life. Read full book review >

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DROWNING IN GRUEL by George Singleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2006

"A strong appetite for Southern shtick (if not for gruel itself) might enhance readers' appreciation for the down-home whimsy of these tales."
From South Carolina writer Singleton (Novel, 2005, etc.), a collection of 19 reprinted stories, some of them suffering from a slight case of the cutes. Read full book review >

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NOVEL by George Singleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2005

"Singleton (stories: The Half-Mammals of Dixie, 2002, etc.) may have invented a new genre. Call it The Hoot."
A state-sponsored snake handler and defrocked speechwriter finds even more unusual outlets for his peculiar talents, in the South Carolina author's meticulously deranged first novel. Read full book review >

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THE HALF-MAMMALS OF DIXIE by George Singleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2002

"A kind of watery world stocked with quirky southern characters slithering through the ooze of their private pursuits. But there's never a doubt that these creatures are, for better or worse, entirely human."
Fifteen funky, often interlocking tales of downtrodden Dixie form Singleton's second collection (These People Are Us, 2001, not reviewed), flea markets and strange encounters figuring prominently. Read full book review >

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GEORGE by Alex Gino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Warm, funny, and inspiring. (Fiction. 9-12)"
George, a fourth-grader who knows she is a girl, despite appearances, begins to tell her secret. Read full book review >

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GEORGE by Frank Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Washington remains an historic hero despite flaws and defeats. These are recounted in far more accomplished biographies, and children will be better served by reading about the real man elsewhere. (author's note, artist's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
By the age of 15, George Washington had written out a list of precepts taught to him by his teachers, the "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation," by which he lived and was guided throughout his life. Read full book review >

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(GEORGE) by E.L. Konigsburg
illustrated by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Oct. 20, 1970

"In current fiction, a boy with a problem seldom has it so good."
Parentheses because George is Ben's concentric twin, his loudmouthed inner voice, or, as Mrs. Konigsburg puts it in a nutshell. . . Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND THE BIG BANG by Lucy Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Labored and wrapped in a thin film of artificial drama as it is, this set of mind-expanding if scattershot exposures to some of science's biggest theories and ideas will once again find a large audience thanks more to its celebrity co-author than its content. (Science fiction/informational hybrid. 10-12)"
Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything." Read full book review >

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THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON by Elizabeth L. Silver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2013

"Like Suzanne Rendell in the novel The Other Typist (2013), Silver explores convolutions of guilt and innocence beyond the law's narrow scope with a sharpness and attention to detail that can be unnerving but demands attention."
Trained as a lawyer, Silver has written a darkly witty, acerbic jigsaw puzzle of a first novel about legal versus moral culpability. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"A largely admiring mosaic with some pieces that glisten and illuminate."
Freelance writer and editor Aldrich (Old Money: The Mythology of Wealth in America, 1996)—the former Paris editor of The Paris Review—presents a disjunctive but often affecting cut-and-paste oral biography of Plimpton (1927-2003). Read full book review >

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GEORGE HARRISON by Olivia Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A rare and revelatory look at a rock legend."
Highly personal photos, letters and commentary illuminate the extraordinary life and times of late Beatles guitarist and songwriter George Harrison (1943-2001). Read full book review >