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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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GHOST WOMAN by Lawrence Thornton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Solemn, engaging, and politically correct."
Thornton (Imagining Argentina, 1987, Under the Gypsy Moon, 1990) expands on an ancient Indian legend—and gives it a pronounced Greek-tragedy twist—in this haunting tale of an Indian woman on the California coast who transforms the lives of all who know her. 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 >

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DREAM QUEEN by Betsy Thornton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Chloe (A Song for You, 2008, etc.) is damned interesting, and you forget the gawkiness of the plot when she's at center stage. But she sure could use a more thought-out story line."
Do-gooders run amok. Read full book review >

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NAMING THE SPIRITS by Lawrence Thornton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 1995

"There's little that's new here, but the material is inherently gripping, and Thornton's gift for inventive detail keeps us reading. (Author tour)"
A solemn, exasperating, overplotted, yet quite moving portrayal of Latin American political repression: a sequel to the author's Imagining Argentina (1987). Read full book review >