Search Results: "George Singleton"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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DARK SIDE OF VALOR by Alicia Singleton
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"By no means perfect the book is an enjoyable tale that is well worth a few hours of the reader's time."
A well-paced novel of suspense that veers into romance and ends like a thriller. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Enjoyable like a slice of chocolate cake, minus the guilt."
In Singleton's debut novel, a compulsive eater finds health, love and happiness. Read full book review >

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CRUSH by Cathy Alter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 5, 2016

"The seemingly lightweight premise of an anthology built around celebrity crushes yields an outstanding selection of poignant and thought-provoking stories."
A few dozen writers recall their childhood infatuations with celebrated media stars or iconic characters (literary or animated) and how these crushes influenced their future lives. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Sarah Singleton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Distinctive. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 11-15)"
Moving deftly between 13th-century and 16th-century England, this beautifully written historical fantasy explores malignant religious persecution, an alternate realm and fierce devotion to loved ones. 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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THE CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Although readers may have to push through the slow-moving middle, this enjoyable mystery has a satisfying ending and a neatly calibrated level of suspense for middle school readers. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three children from disparate social groups at middle school team up to solve a mystery, becoming friends in the process, in this series kickoff. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF THE ZORSE'S MASK by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is straight-up series fiction, but it's well-done, and mystery aficionados, especially those who love animals, will find it entertaining and enjoyable. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three middle school friends try to figure out who abused a zorse (horse/zebra cross) and why the owner's adult son is so eager to get him back. Read full book review >