Search Results: "Jerry DeWitt"


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HOPE AFTER FAITH by Jerry DeWitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2013

"For true believers only—in atheism, that is. Students of the business of religion will find only occasional pearls."
Middling account of an evangelical's 180, written with the assistance of co-author Brown (Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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PRECIOUS CARGO by David DeWitt
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2014

"An amazing journey, though the organization is meandering and digressive—frequently scattershot but ultimately satisfying."
New Mexico-based food researcher and author DeWitt (The Essential Hot Spice Guide, 2013, etc.) traces the Earth-changing ramifications of the "Columbian Exchange," which brought indigenous American foods like chili peppers, maize and turkey back to the Old World and transformed the world's diet. Read full book review >

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ABLUTIONS by Patrick deWitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2009

"A novel of great pain and loneliness, at times lyrical, at times turgid."
In deWitt's debut novel, a Hollywood bartender reviews his life, both professional and romantic, and ultimately finds there's no "there" there. Read full book review >

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THE SISTERS BROTHERS by Patrick deWitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2011

"DeWitt creates a homage to life in the Wild West but at the same time reveals its brutality."
A calmly vicious journey into avarice and revenge. Read full book review >

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LIGHTNING RODS by Helen DeWitt
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"A dreary screed that too often reads like a primer for salesmen."
DeWitt's offbeat debut (The Last Samurai, 2000) caused a stir, but this second novel, a satirical take on sexual harassment, misfires badly. Read full book review >

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THE LAST SAMURAI by Helen DeWitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Unabashedly over the top at times but, still, a saga that gives rise to as much amusement as it does sober reflection. A promising start, indeed."
In a witty, wacky, and endlessly erudite debut, DeWitt assembles everything from letters of the Greek alphabet to Fourier analysis to tell the tale of a boy prodigy, stuffed with knowledge beyond his years but frustrated by his mother's refusal to identify his father. Read full book review >

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SORROW’S COMPANY by DeWitt Henry
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2001

"Powerful, wrenching, illuminating, and lovely."
More than a dozen essayists struggle with illness, death, loss, love, and survival. Read full book review >

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UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR by Patrick deWitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"For fans of the books of Neil Gaiman, the films of M. Night Shyamalan, and similar fabulisms."
"A modesty of appetite represents a paucity of heart": a sometimes bibulous, occasionally violent, well thought through modern take on folkloric storytelling. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING WILMER DOOLEY by Fowler DeWitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Outlives what smiles it may induce by about 200 pages. (Fiction. 7-10)"
DeWitt (aka Allan Woodrow, author of The Pet War, 2013) delivers a repetitious sequel to The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School (2013). Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF CONCEALMENT by DeWitt S. Copp
Released: March 20, 1989

An American flyer sneaks into Nazi Germany on the trail of a treacherous State Department employee who plans to assassinate F.D.R., by the author of A Different Kind of Rain, 1978, and The Far Side, 1975. Read full book review >

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JERRY SPINELLI
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Jerry Spinelli first met Ellen Adams 15 years ago in his hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania. She introduced herself and explained that she too had grown up in town, in fact, just about a mile from where they were standing, in the county jail. Her father had been the warden, so his family had lived in quarters right above the main ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL by Fowler DeWitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Readers would have to be even more befuddled than Principal Shropshire not to solve this mediocre mystery themselves. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A modern version of the Black Death finds brightly colored Mumpley Middle School students sniffling and sneezing, tumbling and leaping uncontrollably. Read full book review >