Search Results: "James L.W. West III"


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A SHORT AUTOBIOGRAPHY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"This volume will mainly interest those who have already read everything else by and about the author of The Great Gatsby."
The title suggests something more significant than this collection of magazine essays delivers. Read full book review >

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MY GENERATION by William Styron
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 2, 2015

"Wide-ranging, lucid, and incisive."
A rich collection by an estimable writer. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM STYRON by James L.W. West
Released: April 1, 1998

"A masterful achievement. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This meticulously crafted, well-paced biography should go a long way toward burnishing Styron's reputation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Romantic mulch for the lay reader."
Skimpy excursus of dubious scholarship mining the writer's early and fairly forgettable college romance with a midwestern rich girl. Read full book review >

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NAPOLEON III by Fenton Bresler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A fascinating look at Second Empire France and the little-studied 'petit-Napoleon.'"
A fresh and lively look at the other Napoleon, by London journalist Bresler (Who Killed John Lennon?, 1989, etc.) Read full book review >

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RICHARD III by David Horspool
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Among the better histories on this subject, this book rocks no boats while delivering a densely detailed account of a man who was no more villainous than the average 15th-century baron."
Richard III's villainy owes much to Shakespeare. Modern histories are more understanding, and this includes this thoughtful biography by Times Literary Supplement history editor Horspool (Alfred the Great, 2014, etc.), who stresses that Richard (1452-1485) was a man of his times, although they were nasty times.Read full book review >

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VOYAGERS III by Ben Bova
Released: April 23, 1990

"Much the best of the three."
Wrapping up the trilogy of the talky Voyagers (1981) and the mediocre Voyagers II(1985), about messiah Keith Stoner and his alien-inspired mission to save humanity from itself. Read full book review >

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OF LIFE AND TIME by Clifton L. West III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2017

"A deeply thoughtful account of the demands and rewards of Christian devotion."
An eclectic memoir focuses on the author's spiritual life. Read full book review >

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WEST by Lizzy Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"Confusing sci-fi elements within an unconvincing romance."
Josie finds herself embroiled in a time-travel mystery in Ford's (Black Moon Draw, 2014, etc.) latest series. Read full book review >

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DREISER'S RUSSIAN DIARY by Thomas P. Riggio
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Dreiser or in the USSR of the 1920s."
Notes on Theodore Dreiser's two-month 192728 tour of the Soviet Union that provided the material for the book Dreiser Looks at Russia (1928). Read full book review >

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QUENTIN FENTON HERTER III by Amy MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2002

"Not to mention the laughter that readers will shower down upon them. (Picture book. 4-8)"
MacDonald's (No More Nasty, 2001, etc.) dazzling verse, clever as Scheherazade, is a beautiful choreography of words. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 1992

A strong anthology, selected from over 3,000 nominations made by the editors of 364 literary magazines and small presses, of challenging and generally first-rate stories, poems, and illustrations (photos, art work). Read full book review >