Search Results: "James Alan Gardner"


BOOK REVIEW

ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE'S FAULT by James Alan Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"We'll give Gardner's narrator the last word on this terrific superhero adventure: 'Spectacularity ensued.'"
The origin story of badass Canadian superheroes fated to defend humanity against a dark scourge. Naturally. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"For serious, balanced, and truly provocative studies of contemporary art, see Hughes's Nothing if Not Critical (1990), or Arthur Danto's Encounters and Reflections (1990) and Beyond the Brillo Box (1992)."
The art critic for The National Review bashes the contemporary art world and rails about the ``general paltriness of most art in our time.'' Gardner complains that the art world is riddled with money and glamour, and blames the ``artistic recession'' on ``art's obsession with art'' and ``nothing other than the pervasive and unchecked reverence in which art is held by critics and public alike.'' He covers the art front from the East Village Scene (``[East Village artists] have been out of fashion for several years, and the pyramids of Egypt seem not as old as they'') to Body Art and German Neo-Expressionism, as well as numerous artists: David Hockney, David Salle, Gerhard Richter (``one of the finest painters alive''), Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, et al. ``Speaking as an enthusiast rather than as a critic,'' Gardner says, ``I find that what appeals most in the art of my contemporaries is, strangely, its smell...the freshness of acrylic on canvas....'' In addition to going after easy targets like the Whitney Biennial (``a country club from which only straight white males are excluded'') and Jeff Koons, the author dismisses the works of Anselm Kiefer—who ``plays the Sturm und Drang role to perfection''—as ``frail in conception, listless in execution, impressive only because of their size.'' But Gardner delivers a body blow here to his own argument as well by quoting a few phrases of the evocative prose and penetrating analysis of Robert Hughes, who described Kiefer as trying ``to shoulder the content of historical tragedy.'' In general, shallow kvetching. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUENOS AIRES by James Gardner
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A genial historical tour conducted by an affectionate docent with a keen eye and an admiring though sometimes-admonitory message."
A freelance journalist specializing in architecture debuts with a general architectural history of one of the world's most intriguing cities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRABCAKES by James Alan McPherson
Released: Jan. 7, 1998

"McPherson has traveled the world and never lost sight of the inspirational lure of one's origins."
McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning short-story collection Elbow Room (1977), writes here with an astonishing range of language and emotion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RABBIT-CADABRA! by James Howe
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 1993

"Predictable, but fans will love it. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When Harold and pals Chester and Howie see the poster for ``The Amazing Karlovsky,'' who's to perform at the local school, they're alarmed: That's Bunnicula he's pulling out of a hat—will the world be overrun with vampire rabbits? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A REGION NOT HOME by James Alan McPherson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 24, 2000

"A rich feast for the hungry mind."
From Pulitzer Prize—winning essayist and novelist McPherson (Crabcakes, 1998, etc.), fresh perspectives on such topics as the role of athletes, father-daughter relationships, and the writer Ralph Ellison. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERE IS THE ARCTIC WINTER by Madeleine Dunphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 1993

"Despite the title, readers will have to turn elsewhere for hard information on the Arctic; still, well worth having for the beauty of the pictures. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The first painting sets the scene for this dramatic depiction of Arctic wildlife—a vast expanse of barren rock and wind-scoured snow under an immense sky rimmed with stars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE-A-DUCK by Alan James Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Her cheery, inviting paintings are the just-right complement to this quirky tale. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This affable tale chronicles the adventures of a rubber duck on the loose, with Brown impishly recounting the story from the faux fowl's point of view. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1998

"Fine personal writings, to be published for Father's Day, that deserve a wide audience."
These essays by writers including Rick Bass, Alan Cheuse, Nicholas Delbanco, Mark Pendergrast, and editors McPherson (Crabcakes, 1998, etc.) and Henry (founding editor of Ploughshares magazine), among others, strike deep into the heart of issues spanning both nurture and gender relations, and represent some of the best recent writing about manhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Compelling revelations for serious students of mass murder; for those whose interest is mainly macabre, there are plenty of side trips into the bubble and squeak of cases both famous and obscure."
A successfully realized and unique overview of an up-to-date police methodology—the new science of psychological forensics— that has grown apace with serial murder, and a plethora of cases, famous and obscure, that illustrate it. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

QUEST FOR THE FALLEN STAR by Piers Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 27, 1998

"Pleasant."
Boilerplate fantasy, of which a substantially different version was written originally by Richey, rewritten by Anthony's researcher Riggs, and finally tweaked and buffed by Anthony. Read full book review >