Search Results: "John Sayles"


BOOK REVIEW

SAYLES ON SAYLES by John Sayles
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1998

"An invaluable companion piece to Sayles's films. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This in-depth look at the work of one of America's most successful maverick filmmakers is another fine contribution to Faber and Faber's ``Directors on Directors'' series. Read full book review >

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A MOMENT IN THE SUN by John Sayles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"A long time in coming, with an ending that's one of the most memorable in recent literature. A superb novel, as grand in its vision as one of President McKinley's dreams—but not for a moment, as Sayles writes of that figure, 'empty of thought, of emotion.'"
Noted novelist/director Sayles (Union Dues, 2005, etc.) turns in an epic of Manifest Destiny—and crossed destinies—so sweeping and vast that even he would have trouble filming it. Read full book review >

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DILLINGER IN HOLLYWOOD by John Sayles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Not much in the way of knockouts here, but plenty of solid shots."
Ten stories from the legendary Hollywood director: some good, some passable, all worthwhile. Read full book review >

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LOS GUSANOS by John Sayles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 1991

"So all we have is the makings of a big book-and the distressing waste of a prodigious talent."
With that Spanish title (translation: The Worms), and his liberal use of Spanish dialogue, Sayles is paying homage to the Cuban milieu of his first novel since Union Dues: a long, broken journey, starting in Miami, then weaving back through Batista's Cuba, Castro's Cuba, and Guatemala (training-ground for the Bay of Pigs Brigade). Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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JOHN!  by Rolin Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2015

"While sometimes offering a confusing tangle of voices that lack individual features, this tale delivers a fresh and well-researched fictionalization of the assembling of the Apostles from John's point of view."
A young John the Apostle leaves his home to follow Jesus in this debut biblical novel. Read full book review >

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JOHN PRINE by Eddie Huffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2015

"It's difficult for Huffman to establish much stylistic continuity when he relies so heavily on quotes from other journalists, but the unlikely success of the reluctant performer makes for fascinating reading."
A guide to the troubadour's career lacks access to the artist himself but benefits from a subject who is as intriguing as his songs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"Strong language, partying, sex and drugs were a big part of John's life, and their portrayal makes this a work for older readers, who will find it fascinating. (afterword, discography, index) (Nonfiction. YA)"
"The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a living out of it." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN ADAMS by James Grant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A well-researched complement to McCullough's somewhat more accessible life: of much interest to students of the early Republic and the revolutionary era."
An agile life of Adams, "the unbeloved ‘president by three votes.' " Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2004

"Primarily of interest to devoted fans and those who knew Gardner."
Breezy appreciation by Silesky (Ferlinghetti, 1990, etc.), presenting the novelist as less an "outlaw" than a conventional man with a modest talent, a fierce drive, and a gift for self-destruction. Read full book review >

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GWEN JOHN by Sue Roe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"An impressive portrait of a 'busy, daring, and eventful life,' profoundly independent and intellectual, though also melancholic."
British novelist and poet Roe (The Spitfire Factory, not reviewed, etc.) pens a well-tempered, bracing biography of the painter too often trivialized as Augustus John's sister or Auguste Rodin's lover. Read full book review >