Search Results: "Kurt Andersen"


BOOK REVIEW

HEYDAY by Kurt Andersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2007

"Over-the-top fireworks."
This block-sized blockbuster can't be faulted for timidity—and, as an entertaining fictional primer to mid-19th-century Western history, very nearly justifies its hubris. Read full book review >

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FANTASYLAND by Kurt Andersen
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A spirited, often entertaining rant against things as they are."
When did Americans come to shun reality? When did the American experiment become a congeries of solipsisms? Read full book review >

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TRUE BELIEVERS by Kurt Andersen
Released: July 10, 2012

"Those who remember the '60s, at least from one side of the culture wars, will like this yarn."
A deliberately paced look back at the tumultuous 1960s, that era of free love, beads and bombs. Read full book review >

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KURT WEILL by Ronald Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"Factually precise but uninspired: a biography that synthesizes much recent scholarship but offers little in the way of psychological or musical insight. (Illustrations.)"
Another composer's life from Taylor (Robert Schumann, 1982, etc.), whose clichÇ-ridden prose delivers a leaden account of the fascinating Kurt Weill (1900-50). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Vonnegut's most human of hearts beats on every page."
Selected and edited letters by the author of Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five and other enduringly popular novels, letters that reveal Vonnegut's passions, annoyances, loves, losses, mind and heart. Read full book review >

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DIRTY KURT by Mary Serfozo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"The ending here isn't quite as much fun as what precedes it; still, this good-humored exaggeration of a universal problem will make a delightful readaloud. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In merry, impeccably crafted verse, Serfozo (Who Said Red?, 1988) explains why Kurt can't seem to stay clean—``Soup shot from his spoon when he dressed in his best/to slide down his tie stripes and rest on his vest,'' or, ``Ice cream drip-dropped as it flopped from the cone/onto Kurt when the cone wasn't even his own.'' With a new school starting in the fall, Mom points out that ``they're just going to think you're a dirt ball with feet.'' After a day's pondering, Kurt comes up with an effective way to keep at least his clothes clean: he wears his raincoat! Read full book review >

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KURT WOLFF by Michael Ermarth
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Tantalizing in its view of Wolff and his world, especially the pre-Weimar period—and a sad commentary on how little publishers today heed his excellent example."
A biographical sketch of Wolff—founder of Pantheon Books—by his wife Helen, brief essays and anecdotes he produced for German radio in the early 1960's, and a smattering of correspondence—all ably edited by Ermarth (History/Dartmouth). Read full book review >

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LOVE AS ALWAYS, KURT by Loree Rackstraw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2009

"Though tendentious, Rackstraw's account offers enough interesting material on Vonnegut and his work to please his many fans."
Adorning her text with enough exclamation points to resemble an exuberant teen's diary, the author recounts her long relationship with the noted American novelist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Charles Dickens. (chronology, index) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The prolific author of beloved fairy tales stars in this short illustrated entry in the What's Their Story? series (see Grant, above) of biographies. Read full book review >

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SAVE ME, KURT COBAIN by Jenny Manzer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 8, 2016

"A meandering exploration of abandonment and grief that switches tones too abruptly in its conclusion. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Kurt Cobain may be the answer to the central mystery of 15-year-old Nico's life. Read full book review >

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KURT WEILL ON STAGE by Foster Hirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2002

"For the specialist and generalist alike, a wonderful portrayal of a fascinating and likable genius."
A first-rate survey of the enigmatic but brilliant composer's life and work. Read full book review >