Search Results: "Ken Kesey"


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SAILOR SONG by Ken Kesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A wonderful tale for the times, proving Kesey is 'Bakacha' after all these years."
After 25 years, a new novel from Kesey—a brilliant, funny, heartening tale of the power of love to stomp out evil in the last decent town on earth—proves that the heroic old Trickster can still pitch a fastball. Read full book review >

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DEMON BOX by Ken Kesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1986

An elegiac semi-fiction composed of short takes and longer reprints from Rolling Stone, Esquire and Kesey's own magazine, Spit in the Ocean, now orchestrated into a large work whose parts sing against each other and whose overriding theme is a magnificent dirge for the 60's. Read full book review >

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SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION by Ken Kesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1964

"Attention certainly."
Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest was one of the best novels of he 1962 season and certainly the most striking in many years. Read full book review >

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KESEY'S GARAGE SALE by Ken Kesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 1973

"What this book is really about is keeping the master's name around and maybe raking in a little to tide him over until the halcyon days of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or even Sometimes a Great Notion return in all their remembered glory, maybe."
Garage with a b — for this is really a collection of fourth-class Kesey memorabilia mainly from the Whole Earth Catalogue era — reprints of articles, interviews, letters to and from other '60's divinities like Neal Cassady, Paul Krassner, and Allen Ginsberg, plus endless "acidophilic artisticizing" (cartoons that, unfortunately, live up to their name) in and around self-righteous little sermons, anti-abortion and pro-Beatles, plus an intermittent running commentary by the compiler, one most unlikable Arthur Miller, whose chief task (other than guardian of the Flame) seems to be to remind us how clever and chic this rip-off really is: "Inspired Genius struck! Read full book review >

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ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Ken Kesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1961

"Though extension is possible, make no mistake about it; this is a ward and not a microcosm."
This is a book which courts the dangers of two extremes. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Kesey's frequent italics aren't essential, but they're expertly placed and remind the reader that this is the sort of lively, comical tale that demands reading aloud—a perfect picture book to share with older children."
This rollicking tall tale, based on a story told to Kesey by his grandmother, was published twice, "in different form," in books for adults; this is its first appearance in a format that will also appeal to children. Read full book review >

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LAST GO ROUND by Ken Kesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

Kesey (Sailor Song 1992, etc.) has written a historical western that amusingly mixes fact and fiction to tell the politically correct story of a multiracial trio of cowboys who achieve a state of spiritual harmony that transcends cultural differences. Read full book review >

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THE SEA LION by Ken Kesey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An unusual fantasy, fine for reading aloud, in format that will recommend it as a gift item. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In an original tale that draws on the folklore of the Pacific Northwest Indians, a boy whose assigned task is making spoons outwits a supernatural visitor disguised as a majestically tall stranger. Read full book review >

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THE FURTHER INQUIRY by Ron Bevirt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"A psychedelic valentine for the Nineties: a wacky and slight but sweet and wistful review of the best-known trip of the Sixties."
Author and counterculture leader Kesey stages a mock trial of the spirit of Neal Cassady—hero of Jack Kerouac's On the Road and "the fastest man alive"—defending him with loving reportage, fragments of verbatim transcripts, and scads of photos (153 color, 256 b&w—some seen) of the Merry Pranksters and their 1964 voyage across America in a psychedelically painted bus called "Further." Read full book review >

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IT'S ALL A KIND OF MAGIC by Rick Dodgson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A missed opportunity to put one of America's truly unique writers in a larger historical context."
A British scholar unearths the roots of one of the 20th century's most brash and colorful writers and public figures. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1992

"Haute. (Line drawings throughout.)"
From the owner-chef at L.A.'s La Toque restaurant, a selection of recipes for food that the publishers describe, accurately enough, as fresh and sophisticated American-French cuisine. Read full book review >

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SAVAGE THEORIES by Pola Oloixarac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"While there are echoes of Borges and Bolaño here, the synthesis of ideas and the manic intelligence are wholly new. Brilliant, original, and very fun to read."
Set in Buenos Aires, Oloixarac's debut novel ranges widely, from initiation rites to computer hacking, from human prehistory to ketamine-fueled parties. Read full book review >