Search Results: "Hugh Kenner"


BOOK REVIEW

CHUCK JONES by Hugh Kenner
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The other two are Greg Sarris's Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream, profiling the Pomo basket weaver and medicine woman, and Yvonne Fern's Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation, a discussion with the creator of Star Trek."
Dr. Seuss created the Grinch, but it took Chuck Jones to make him move. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAZES by Hugh Kenner
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Released: April 25, 1989

Scores of essays, reviews, and obituaries by the insightful, irascible critic (A Sinking lsland, A Colder Eye, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ELSEWHERE COMMUNITY by Hugh Kenner
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A brief, wide-ranging excursion into the heart of literature, led by one of its most devoted and reliable guides."
In a casual format meant for a general audience, the great critic and scholar of Modernism discusses the essence of literary education in terms of two basic themes: the voyage of discovery and fruits of mentorship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

J.M.W. TURNER by Robert Kenner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The text of this book is well-supported by many excellent full-color reproductions of Turner's work, but not of his contemporaries (conspicuously absent is John Constable, who's mentioned often) or the Impressionists. (index) (Biography. 8-13)"
In the First Impressions series, a biography of Turner, whose revolutionary painting style preceded the artists he most influenced, Monet and other Impressionists, by almost a hundred years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOTTEST MESS by J. Kenner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The taboo here, a brother-sister romance, isn't the most offensive part. It's the overly complicated plot and nearly nonsensical depiction of trauma and sexual violence."
Dallas and Jane are foster brother and sister, raised together since age 5. When they were teenagers, they were kidnapped and tortured together. If they started out being attracted to one another, the trauma bonded them further…much further. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANASTASIA'S ALBUM by Hugh Brewster
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Although an epilogue discussing an impostor's claiming to be Anastasia detracts from the focus, this is a story of a close, happy family that does not foretell their violent end. (full-color and b&w photos, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 7+)"
The execution of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family in 1918 has long been shrouded in mystery: ``For more than eighty years, the diaries, letters, and photo albums of the tsar's family were kept a secret.'' Now they are displayed in the State Archives in Moscow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"A rewarding introduction to the ancient company of hedgehogs."
Environmental writer Warwick draws a humorous bead on the small, brown spiny creature's place in the great scheme of life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"A thoughtful examination of the state of behavioral economics as well as a defense of human rationality."
A concise, scholarly account of the rise of behavioral economics and its theoretical advantages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SONG OF THE EARTH  by Hugh Nissenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 11, 2001

"Not a story that will move readers, though a cool fascination awaits them on every page. And then there are Nissenson's pictures, 34 line drawings scattered throughout, so brilliant that it seems the book were made to illustrate them, not vice-versa."
After 16 years, Nissenson returns with a futuristic tale that lacks the charm of his extraordinary Tree of Life (1985) but still has the compelling interest typical in Nissenson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Though these fleeting glimpses barely scratch the surface of what work as a peace officer demands, the African-American perspective is bracing."
Stimulating narratives from police officers who have walked the most crime-ridden beats in inner-city America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Revisionist'' history without the proof; a story as entertaining, and as solid, as the supermarket tabloids. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sensational reinterpretation of the evidence surrounding the death of Adolf Hitler. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALIPHATE by Hugh Kennedy
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Enlisting significant Arab-language scholarship, Kennedy provides a carefully calibrated, timely chronicle for nonacademic readers."
A mostly nonpolemical survey of the history of caliphates since the death of Muhammad in 632. Read full book review >