Search Results: "Jessica Lott"


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THE REST OF US by Jessica Lott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"Accomplished debut fiction."
A May-December romance is at the center of this layered, engaging debut fiction. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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THE HUNT CLUB by Bret Lott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Ironically, Lott's characters seem too interesting for their conventional plot; the bits of family secrets, history, and lore scattered throughout here are far more compelling than the adventure these sympathetic folk are thrown into. (Author tour)"
A gifted and expert storyteller (Reed's Beach, 1993, etc.) takes a slightly different—and not altogether successful—turn in his first thriller, set in the lowlands of South Carolina. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 1997

"Lott has an instinct for the universal and sometimes finds it when he's not diverted by pursuit of everyday, less remarkable truths."
This lean midpoint memoir, fleshed out of collected short essays, alternates analysis of the author's male family relations with reflections on his experiences as the married father of two young sons. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARING LIBERAL INTELLECTUAL by Eric Lott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2006

"Some significant ideas caught in a hopeless tangle of academic jargon and unpruned prose."
In a dense diatribe thick with quotations and allusions, Lott (American Studies/Univ. of Virginia) argues that liberals have flocked away from the left and settled on the center, if not to the right, of the political power line. Read full book review >

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REED'S BEACH by Bret Lott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Lott tries to express an inexpressible sorrow and illuminates almost nothing of his characters or his tale in the process."
An unfortunate exercise in self-indulgence disguised as sorrow. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Sure to raise questions and some controversy, and hopefully will draw attention to the complex issue of crime and potential solutions."
An intriguing and shocking took at crime, guns, and gun control policy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A clever, disciplined, and resourceful reading of the commonplace: a pioneering study that, though somewhat academic, will no doubt influence more popular studies. (Eight halftones, eight line drawings)"
To this original and erudite study, Lott (American Studies/University of Virginia) brings a mass of obscure information and a multidisciplinary approach, interpreting the meaning of black-face minstrelsy to the white working classes who invented and performed it. Read full book review >

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FEARLESS by Tim Lott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"An enjoyable read, but a success at neither dystopia nor allegory. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Little Fearless and her friends are prisoners at the City Community Faith School for Retraining, Opportunity, and Hope, a juvenile detention center in the City. Read full book review >

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HOW SLEEP FOUND TABITHA by Maggie deVries
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2002

"An engaging blend of whimsy and thoughtful reflection, this tale convincingly assures sleep-wary tots that their cozy beds are just the spot for them. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young child restlessly awaits the arrival of sleep. Read full book review >

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DEAD LOW TIDE by Bret Lott
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Huger is an appealing narrator, but his story of finding himself is only moderately interesting, and the tacked-on thriller is cartoonish."
In Lott's follow-up to his coming-of-age/murder mystery The Hunt Club (1998, etc.), Huger Dillard, now a grown man but not exactly mature, confronts another murder 10 years later. Read full book review >

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JEWEL by Bret Lott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A quiet, at times slow-moving novel with exquisite moments of tenderness and the gift for elevating the commonplace to the sublime."
An author of small domestic fictions (A Dream of Old Leaves, 1989; A Stranger's House, 1988; etc.) takes on larger issues in this resonant novel about simple people who reach a state of grace through human tragedy. Read full book review >