Search Results: "John Gregory Vincent"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 10, 2013

"A breezy, appealing self-help guide."
Vincent's self-help debut challenges readers to find peace in a focused, "one-life approach to living." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1991

"A must-have for cop-tale collectors."
First-person recital by a former New York City detective who was an active felon with Mafia connections. Read full book review >

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THE WRECKED, BLESSED BODY OF SHELTON LAFLEUR by John Gregory Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 1996

"Retro southern fiction: Faulkner by way of the creative writing department."
Brown's second novel returns to the hothouse milieu of his first (Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994): a New Orleans full of familial tragedy and racial strife. Read full book review >

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AUDUBON’S WATCH by John Gregory Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2001

"Ambitious, effortful, acutely researched—but lithe it isn't, with portent equal to content"
Brown (The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur, 1996, etc.) takes Audubon to New Orleans in 1821, where a dark experience marks him for 30 years—though it may do less to a reader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"The burden of secrets seems to overwhelm the burden of race here: a well-intentioned but somewhat drab debut novel."
A likable, generally well-written first novel that never quite convinces us of ``the sad, complicated workings of this world.'' It wears its sorrow heavily and tries to achieve a Faulknerian pitch with its dark tale of miscegenation, but there's something unearned about all the joylessness. Read full book review >

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NOTHING LOST by John Gregory Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2004

"As angry, witty, and sweeping as The Bonfire of the Vanities."
Dunne's volcanic posthumous novel follows the circus surrounding a brutal torture killing of a saintly African-American laborer. Read full book review >

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MARCH ON
by Julie Danielson

This past weekend, I managed to catch the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women while in town for the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference. If, like me, you marched (or couldn’t make one, yet wholeheartedly supported the notion of a march), you may wonder: What is next? I think a lot of people, women in particular, have this top ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PLAYLAND by John Gregory Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Dunne delivers grit with polish in this wicked celebrity archaeology. (Author tour)"
A child movie star disappears and emerges 45 years later as a blue-haired trailer-park hag in Dunne's lurid tale of Hollywood sex, crime, and deception. Read full book review >

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MONSTER by John Gregory Dunne
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"This is a reasonably familiar Hollywood story, but Dunne's limber prose and acute, acid-tipped observations always keep things interesting: No need for rewrites here."
Further proof, elegantly presented, that Hollywood screenwriting is a mad, bad, wasteful, and highly remunerative process. Read full book review >

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A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE by John Gregory Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Populated by likable and believable characters, an affectionate, understated approach to questions of sanity, survival, and redemption."
Natural disaster combines with accident to make a wreckage of a life. Now, in the sympathetic hands of the long-absent Brown (Audubon's Watch, 2001, etc.), it's up to the protagonist to pick up the pieces. Read full book review >

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I'M SICK OF IT! by Vincent Bourgeau
ANIMALS
Released: May 19, 1997

"A charming identity crisis, gratifyingly played out; another temporary malcontent can be found in I'm Sick of It: A Fishy Melodrama (0-8431-7925-2). (Board book. 4-6)"
An artful board-book parable. Read full book review >

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MY SOUL TO TAKE by Rachel Vincent
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Twilight fans will love it; more discerning readers will think it ridiculous, but what do they know? (Supernatural romance. YA)"
Harlequin Teen's debut series, Soul Screamers, starts off with a bang. Read full book review >