Search Results: "James A. Fussell"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2013

"A graphic but inspiring depiction of the ravages of the disease, their bravery and the sustaining love of their families."
A moving but also hair-raising story of Tourette's syndrome and a risky surgical procedure. Read full book review >

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OWL NINJA by Sandy Fussell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"An illustrated character guide is generously included for those moments of wondering who's who. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
Whereas the first of the Samurai Kids series had a lagging pace, the sophomore installment's rhythm has improved, much like the martial-arts skills of its characters. Read full book review >

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WHITE CRANE by Sandy Fussell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Given these flaws, it is doubtful that most kids will stay with the book long enough to become engaged with story or characters. (Adventure. 11-14)"
Set in an alternative feudal-ish Japan, this is the story of five kids with severe disabilities or disfigurements who have been accepted for training in a school for samurai. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"In this irascibly lyrical vein Fussell is as good as the people he writes about—which is very good indeed."
"Before tourism there was travel, and before travel there was exploration." Read full book review >

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Released: March 10, 1971

"A fair and fine tribute to a dark and aggravating presence."
Dr. Johnson was engaged, according to Dr. Fussell's entertaining monograph, in savagely honest exercises in this world's significations and the obligations attendant on the next. Read full book review >

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EAT LIVE LOVE DIE by Betty Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A dazzling showcase for Fussell's delicious ability to 'taste...words with the kind of pleasure that turns cooking fires into the fires of love.'"
The idiosyncratic food writer harvests some of her best work in a savory collection that doubles as a memoir and declaration of faith. Read full book review >

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THE INDIGO KING by James A. Owen
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"Except for those who get a kick out of playing Spot-the-Literary-Allusion, this is missable. (Fantasy. YA)"
This third entry in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica brings 1930s caretakers John and Jack (aka J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis) into an alternate universe where history has been rewritten and the Winter King reigns supreme. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Full of unmet potential. (Fantasy. YA)"
Narrative tension can't save this sequel from glaring flaws. Read full book review >

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THE ANTI-EGOTIST by Paul Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Despite the oddities in diction and tone, Fussell is the perfect match for his subject — witty, thoughtful, brief, and, not least of it, accurate."
Fussell (Bad, 1991, etc.) certainly has come a long way from his early work as a conventional literary scholar. Read full book review >

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UNIFORMS by Paul Fussell
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"Social history that, like certain academics' clothes, presents an overall handsome, even flashy appearance while looking oddly patched together."
In what he bills "a book unashamedly about appearances," the acerbic literary and social critic (The Anti-Egotist, 1994, etc.) analyzes, with varying degrees of success, what uniforms reveal about class, sex, and the need to belong. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"A bracing corrective for a literature recently dominated by Ambrose, Brokaw, and other cheerleaders, and just right for a new season of war."
Brief, wholly memorable essays—sometimes little more than vignettes—on a season in hell. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 28, 1975

"Still, the subject is immensely important, and Fussell—best when examining the memoirs of half-anonymous survivors—opens up challenging lines of inquiry into what he calls, in Northrop Frye's words, a piece of 'our own buried life."
New inroads into an area of literary history partly probed by Bernard Bergonzi's Heroes' Twilight (1966). Read full book review >