Search Results: "Gerard Macdonald"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PRISONER'S WIFE by Gerard Macdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2012

"Though this is McDonald's first adult novel, it boasts the assurance and authority of a veteran spymaster, making us feel like we've been reading this author for years."
Living in Paris in 2004, former CIA spy Shawn Maguire accepts a freelance job to find an Iranian named Darius Osmani. Read full book review >

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ROSS MACDONALD by Tom Nolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 1999

"A breathlessly enthusiastic font of praise—most of it justifiable—that also works as a schematic for the demons, both professional and personal, that motivate some of our best writers to toil tirelessly in the genre fields."
Hagiographic, rags-to-riches, writer-as-middle-class-hero tale; the first biography of a genre master who wrote 18 highly literate detective novels featuring southern California private eye Lew Archer and earned an enormous following among mainstream readers, academes, and literary celebrities. Read full book review >

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YOUNG MACDONALD by David Milgrim
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

A young vivisectionist recombines the livestock in this "Old MacDonald" outtake. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD by Petra Brown
illustrated by Petra Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A warm introduction to an old favorite. (Board book. 1-3)"
The American classic is presented with some cuddly illustrations. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD by Jessica Souhami
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Grand for the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A highly entertaining and inventive version of a favorite song, with plenty of surprises in the gatefolds. Read full book review >

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VISIONS OF GERARD by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1963

"And may he find the turn-off on the thruway."
As a writer, Kerouac is becoming more and more like the sad sack who missed the turn-off on the thruway and must now seemingly go on and on until he hits the next one. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 1991

"Along with sympathy, tact, appreciation, and humor, Martin brings new information from previously unpublished sources to elucidate the shadows in which Hopkins's life and poetry had been enfolded by well-meaning friends, scholars, and the critics who have made an industry of him."
Martin (English/Princeton) brings his ranging knowledge of English Victorian life and his understanding of the poetic sensibility (Tennyson, 1980; With Friends Possessed: A Life of Edward Fitzgerald, 1985) to the subtle, obscure, introverted, and spare life and works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89), the Jesuit priest whose work, published first in 1918, 29 years after his death, is considered as influential as T.S. Eliot's in initiating the modern movement in poetry. Read full book review >

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GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS by Paul Mariani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2008

"A revealing portrait of a unique talent, a deeply religious artist who saw God's wonder and mystery in all."
The intensely private, pious, sometimes melancholic and tortured life of the English Jesuit whose remarkable poems did not appear until a quarter-century after his death. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Hoce makes no effort to be systematic, though he does identify a few of his examples in a closing list; readers or listeners may still be inspired by his efforts to try some wordplay of their own. (Poetry. 8-10)"
In 30 short verses, an educator puts an assortment of livestock through some unusual paces to demonstrate homophones, personification, alliteration and such other "language skills" as idioms and puns, e.g., "I went under the fence this morning. / No one knows where I am. / I love the freedom that I've found. / I'm a sheep that's on the lam." Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD DRIVES A TRACTOR by Don Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"This likely offers them a few machines they haven't yet heard of. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Tractors do many different jobs on the farm. Read full book review >