Search Results: "LaVerne Thornton"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 10, 2010

"A treasure trove of hard-earned wisdom and wit."
Thornton's debut collection of 44 true short stories lends a rare glimpse into coming-of-age in the rural American South. Read full book review >

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THORNTON WILDER by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Although at times overwhelmed by her own research, Niven creates a perceptive, indispensable portrait of a productive and restlessly intellectual life."
A satisfying and insightful, if overlong, picture of a solitary writer who never stopped being a family man. Read full book review >

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FRANK AND LAVERNE by Dave Whamond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2016

"Frankly, Frank and Laverne don't have too much to offer beyond the two-sided format gimmick. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Dogs and cats have different perspectives on the world, a dichotomy explored in this humorous tale retelling the same story from two different viewpoints. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 1985

"And for those readers who have enjoyed his writings, the sound of his clear, literate voice speaking once again from the page should be a welcome reunion."
These journals are in no way a substitute for the autobiography Wilder never wrote but, on the 10th anniversary of his death, they provide an engrossing journey through the landscapes of one of America's most wide-ranging literary minds of the mid-20th century. Read full book review >

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A THORNTON WILDER TRIO by Thornton Wilder
Released: Nov. 8, 1956

"Wilder's popularity has grown with the success of his plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and it is high time that his earlier works (his first novel dates back thirty years) again available, not only for students who accept his place in the American scene, but for a general public."
Malcom Cowley has re-evaluated Wilder's work in his introduction to this reissue of The Cabala, The Woman of Andros (both out of print for some time) and Wilder's best known work The Bridge of San Lur. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Perhaps the most convincing marker of the success of this collection is that, in addition to conveying so much about these correspondents, it prompts one to regret anew the decline of letter writing."
By giving both sides of an ongoing written conversation, this useful collection offers an unusual portrait of a long and important literary friendship. Read full book review >

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A WHOLE NEW LIFE by Betsy Thornton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"Victim Advocate Chloe Newcombe (Dead for the Winter, 2004, etc.), who makes a cameo appearance, is, like most of Thornton's women, interesting and believable. Now if only Thornton would learn to animate her men."
A bad marriage makes a good murder suspect but a somewhat ramshackle plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 24, 1979

"A weak potpourri, then, not quite justified by that one grand essay."
The three-part title essay here is Wilder's reworking of sections from his 1950 Norton lectures at Harvard — and, though hardly profound, it shows Wilder at his most topsyturvy thoughtful and folksy-smart eloquent. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 18, 1947

"An interesting and original bit of creative writing- a tour de force, perhaps, but provocative."
The author of The Bridge of San Luis Rey commands a definite and fairly predictable market among the intellectuals. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A good read for anyone interested in confidence men and the history of Wall Street."
The tale of an early-20th-century con man who swindled millions through horse racing, mining claims, and penny stocks. Read full book review >