Search Results: "Jordan Stump"


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 >

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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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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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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 >

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PLACE NAMES by Jean Ricardou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2007

"Fiction about the essence of fiction challenges the reader to distinguish between what's allegory and what's arbitrary."
This novel in the guise of a travel guide might intrigue literary theorists but will likely exasperate readers looking for plot, character, motivation and meaning. Read full book review >

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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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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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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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TELEVISION by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2004

"Ever so slightly redundant and attenuated, but most readers will be charmed nonetheless. Very entertaining indeed."
In a wry 1997 novel, his fourth in English translation, clever Belgian author Toussaint (Making Love, 2004, etc.) tackles the omnipresence of television in contemporary culture. Read full book review >

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COBB by Al Stump
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Stump's wonderfully descriptive writing, yeoman historical research, and personal knowledge of Cobb make this an extraordinary achievement in sports biography. (24 photos, not seen)"
Drawing on the harrowing year he spent with Ty Cobb as ghostwriter of his autobiography, Stump pens an astounding portrait that leaves little doubt the Hall of Famer was ``psychotic throughout his baseball career.'' When they ``collaborated'' on My Life in Baseball in 1960, the Georgia Peach was a bitter, unreasonable, gun-toting, 73-year-old cancer-ridden drunk. Read full book review >

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I DIDN’T WANT TO GO TO YOUR PARTY ANYWAY
by Mandy Curtis

 

BOOK REPORT for Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

 

Cover Story: Wingardium Leviosa

BFF Charm: Natalie Imbruglia

Swoonworthy Scale: 8

Talky Talk: Near-Realism

Bonus Factors: Familiar Territory, Mysterious Loner Dude

Anti-Bonus Factors: Discrimination, Uncertain Time Period

Relationship Status: Sympathetic Non-Carrier

 

Cover Story: Wingardium Leviosa

The good part: I like what’s going on with her hair. The hints ...


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