Search Results: "Jordan Stump"


BOOK REVIEW

STUMP by Niall Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"Griffiths is best when he captures those small moments that punctuate the casual boredom of intermittently savage lives."
A downtrodden man with one arm is halfheartedly pursued by two equally hapless hit men, all in the semi-opaque but exuberant brogue the Welsh author (Kelly + Victor, 2003, etc.) is known for. Read full book review >

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JORDAN by Mitchell Krugel
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"Includes a handy listing of Jordan statistics and records, and some interesting basketball lore and history; but there's really little new here. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Yet another book about the ``retired'' basketball superstar, this one with passages written as if by Jordan, from ``Michael's perspective,'' though not in his ``exact words.'' Krugel, a sportswriter for the Hammond (Ill.) Read full book review >

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THE AUTHOR AND ME by Éric Chevillard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A curious, cleverly constructed matryoshka doll of unreliable narrators."
An attempt to map the distance between novelist and character goes awry in this peculiar, funny and intellectually rich romp by Chevillard (On the Ceiling, 2000, etc.).Read full book review >

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MY BIG APARTMENT by Christian Oster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2003

"A wry farcical romance and coming-of-age tale like no other: an altogether charming entertainment."
The comically tortured thought processes of an amiable and very confused Parisian slacker are memorably explored in this 1999 winner of France's Prix Médicis: the seventh novel by a popular author who also writes pseudonymous detective stories and children's books. Read full book review >

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ON THE CEILING by Éric Chevillard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2000

"Ezra Pound, who urged artists to 'make it new,' might have detected a rare (and rarefied) kindred spirit in the waggish—and alarmingly inventive—M. Chevillard."
Both logic and conventional romantic and family relations are blithely subverted in this droll 1997 fable by Chevillard, the popular French author whose earlier novel, The Crab Nebula (1998), has also appeared in English translation. Read full book review >

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THE WAITRESS WAS NEW by Dominique Fabre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2008

"Simply and elegantly captures the dignity of a day's work, the humanity of friendship and the loneliness of aging."
After decades of listening to his patrons' life stories, a bartender shares his own in the first of French author Fabre's novels to be published in the United States. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL JORDAN by Roland Lazenby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Studded with insights but unnecessarily long—though, given the continued aura of Jordan, likely to sell well."
An exhaustive—and exhausting—biography of the greatest player in NBA history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LADIVINE by Marie NDiaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2016

"Come for the promise of a big reveal; stay for the beauty of small moments."
A trio of women create, discover, and keep disappearing on each other in this melancholy modern fable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MINOR ANGELS by Antoine Volodine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"Vivid in its details, but the self-consciously intellectual narrative fails to engage."
Dreamlike fragmentary chapters evoke a bleak post-apocalypse world, one where capitalism is the enemy and the collective the ideal. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND by Jules Verne
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 9, 2002

"Nebraska). (75 b&w reproductions of original illustrations)"
The first of two new unabridged translations of what Roland Barthes called Verne's "almost perfect" novel, currently only available in its 19th-century incarnation. Read full book review >

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COCKROACHES by Scholastique Mukasonga
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A thoughtful, sobering firsthand account of the refugee experience, a story that speaks to readers far beyond the African highlands."
A child's view of one of history's most chilling instances of genocide. Read full book review >