Search Results: "Jerome Loving"


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THE LAST TITAN by Jerome Loving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Like much of Dreiser's fiction, unlikely to be taken up for sheer reading pleasure."
A dry, literal, strictly by-the-book new biography of the Hoosier novelist favored by American mythmakers but excoriated by stylists. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A sympathetic telling of the life and death of an infamous convict and the ill-fated intervention of a famed writer."
In 1979, Norman Mailer published The Executioner's Song, a novel that narrated the life and death of Gary Gilmore, a notorious killer executed in 1977. Loving (English/Texas A&M Univ.; Confederate Bushwhacker: Mark Twain in the Shadow of the Civil War, 2013, etc.) offers the back story of Mailer's fraught relationship with the murderer whose story was eerily similar to that of Gilmore. Read full book review >

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WALT WHITMAN by Jerome Loving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"A useful academic biography, but not one to capture the imagination of the general reader."
Perhaps every age needs to reinterpret its icons, but this first full-length, critical biography of Walt Whitman in nearly 20 years, while perfectly serviceable and replete with modest insights and discoveries, is primarily for scholars. Read full book review >

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JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT by Jerome Wexler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"A handsome presentation that wonderfully conveys the fascination of learning a lot about a particular species. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
In the manner of Wexler's Wonderful Pussy Willows (1992), a lucid description of this appealing woodland flower, focusing on its propagation and growth and complemented by stunning color photos detailing appearance, habitat, and such magnified details as the male and female flowers (one ``Jack'' can be either or both) and the tiny gnats that pollinate them. Read full book review >

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PET HAMSTERS by Jerome Wexler
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using a format similar to that of his Pet Mice (1989), Wexler describes selecting and raising hamsters; offers advice on cages, equipment, diet, habits, and health; depicts mating, birth, and the hamsters' day-by-day development; and concludes with tips for photographers. Read full book review >

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Released: May 25, 1989

Personal/cultural memoir of growing up as a movie addict, with side-glances at the business. Read full book review >

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MARIA'S GIRLS by Jerome Charyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"Maria isn't as lucky, nor are unwary readers who aren't already steeped in the mythology of the Pink Commish."
The James Joyce of the police novel is at it again, this time with a manic, woolly tale of New York Police Commissioner Isaac Sidel's attempts to crack a ring of thieving school officials while protecting his flank from his sometime protÇgÇ detective Caroll Brent, formerly of the Sherwood Forest precinct in Central Park. Read full book review >

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BEAR HUG by Jerome Doolittle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Much fat-cat bashing and political savvy on S&L scams, but also much more violence than is necessary and a plot that's not much brighter than the Thornburgh cousins."
A sharp descent into pulp machismo for Boston's Tom Bethany (Body Scissors; Strangle Hold), who, here, tackles Texas bubbas and Maine rowdies while trying to track the whereabouts of funds that the late Dr. Denton Somerville invested for/bilked from a group of- -now hard-pressed—retirees. Read full book review >

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I AM ABRAHAM by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"Charyn skillfully weaves bits of speeches and a large cast of characters, most of them drawn from Lincoln's life, into his intricate portrait of the 16th president."
Charyn (Johnny One-Eye, 2008, etc.) has Abraham Lincoln narrating his own story, beginning a few moments before the assassination and then telling the highlights of his life through a series of flashbacks. Read full book review >