Search Results: "Joe Coomer"


BOOK REVIEW

BEACHCOMING FOR A SHIPWRECKED GOD by Joe Coomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Points for good dialogue and description, as well as sympathy and mild spells of wisdom; strikes for an unfortunate tendency to telegraph all the surprises with blockheaded metaphors."
A tidily crafted little novel ruined by a maunderingly melodramatic conclusion: the latest from the author of Kentucky Love (1985), among others, and the nonfiction Dream House (1992). Read full book review >

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ONE VACANT CHAIR by Joe Coomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Coomer's canvas is too crowded. He does Scotland proud, but at the expense of the family rearranging itself back home—which is where the novel lives. Still, an enjoyable read, without a dull page."
Surprises and sucker punches keep things lively in this latest from Coomer (Apologizing to Dogs, 1999, etc.), a tale of emotional upheavals in a far-flung family about to be flung farther. Read full book review >

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APOLOGIZING TO DOGS by Joe Coomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A sharply observant and engaging entertainment."
Thirty years" worth of secrets, most having to do with sex and love, are exposed in the course of one frantic day in this deftly plotted mix of comedy and romance. Read full book review >

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POCKETFUL OF NAMES by Joe Coomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"A lot of wind and little action on Hannah's island."
A long and ponderous tale by Coomer (One Vacant Chair, 2003) follows the hollowing career trajectory of an artist and former Bennington student who returns to roost on her family's isolated Maine island. Read full book review >

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DREAM HOUSE by Joe Coomer
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"For a more perceptive how of housebuilding, turn to Tracy Kidder's House or David Owen's The Walls Around Us; for a why, there's always Walden."
Convoluted and cutesy chronicle of how Coomer (along with his wife, friends, father, and subcontractors) built his own house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"So light, it melts into air, but the episodes of chest- thumping leave a raw, unwanted patch. (b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Sweet but ultimately vapid days spent with novelist Coomer (Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God, 1995, etc.) aboard his wooden motorsailer. Read full book review >

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JOE by Larry Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"It's lean, mean, and original."
With this, his fourth book in as many years, Brown delivers on the huge promise of his first, the tough-as-nails collection of stories, Facing the Music. Read full book review >

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JOE by Ron Padgett
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Written with profound admiration and affection, but the author should have hit Delete more frequently. (38 b&w and color photos and illustrations)"
A fond chronicle of the nearly 40-year friendship between poet Padgett (Great Balls of Fire, not reviewed) and artist Brainard, who died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1994. Read full book review >

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JOE JOE by Mary Serfozo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

``Bang''; ``bong''; ``hop''; ``stop'': each word appears twice, in large type and also creatively integrated into a sequence of illustrations depicting a small boy exploring his yard and neighborhood, making noise by dragging a stick along a picket fence and by banging on garbage pails, then considering a stop sign, splashing and squishing through puddles, and finally bringing his muddy footprints home—where Mom greets his dawning awareness of the tracks he's just made with rueful indulgence. Read full book review >

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TIPTOE JOE by Ginger Foglesong Gibson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"This beguiling, cumulative woodland tale will make a great addition to bedtime routines. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"Tiptoe fast, // tiptoe slow. / Say hello to Tiptoe Joe." Read full book review >

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JOE DIMAGGIO by Jerome Charyn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2011

"Though sometimes over the top as he reimagines DiMaggio—'[Yankee] Stadium's suffering Christ'—Charyn supplies an intriguing, plausible take on this notoriously opaque hero."
A novelist's sympathetic meditation on the life of the legendary New York Yankee. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SILENT JOE by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 25, 2001

"His story could have been pared down without harm, but, still, this is another highly professional score from a savvy veteran (Red Light, 2000, etc.)."
"The Acid Baby," the media dub him when his sociopathic father douses him with battery acid, ravaging half his face. Read full book review >