Search Results: "Kurt Pitzer"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 2010

"An enlightening, and precarious, experiment in the ways opposing cultures can merge and acquiesce."
International political relations are creatively managed by a New Jersey restaurant owner. 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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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 >

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LETTERS TO KURT by Eric Erlandson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2012

"A catharsis for the writer and perhaps for the reader as well."
Nearly two decades after the death of Kurt Cobain, a friend and fellow musician not only continues to mourn his suicide, but also rages against the culture that he holds responsible. Read full book review >

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ONE LONG NIGHT by Andrea Pitzer
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A potent, powerful history of cruelty and dehumanization."
Dispelling the assumption that concentration camps began and ended in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF VLADIMIR NABOKOV by Andrea Pitzer
Released: March 13, 2013

"Though no substitute for Brian Boyd's definitive two-volume biography, this is a brilliant examination that adds to the understanding of an inspiring and enigmatic life."
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) always claimed that art and politics don't mix, but this new biography suggests his own art tells a different story. Read full book review >

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NOT AFRAID OF DOGS by Susanna Pitzer
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Day's illustrations in pen and ink with watercolor wash convey Daniel's feelings and create a winning personality for the little dog, appropriately named Bandit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This exploration of a child's fear of dogs focuses on the main character, Daniel, a boy of four or five whose whistle-in-the-dark mantra is, "I'm the bravest boy of all." Read full book review >