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: 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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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 >

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HARD GUY by Thornton Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 1992

"You've met these reptiles and their super-macho mystique before, in Jim Thompson and Donald Goines, but Elliott draws them with knowledge and energy enough to make it fun to watch them slither."
It's not only the ex-con hero of this lean and mean (and familiar) crime thriller who's a hard guy: first-novelist Elliott is himself doing life in a Tennessee state prison. 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 >

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HUNG JURY by Hazel Thornton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A highly valuable resource for litigators, and a good read for the expanding army of trial buffs."
A juror refutes some common misperceptions about the hopelessly deadlocked juries in the Menendez case. Read full book review >

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THE EIGHTH DAY by Thornton Wilder
Released: March 29, 1967

"Unfortunately, the Christian humanism, the provincial earnestness on which everything rests seems both too decent and distant for our age."
In his evangelical dotage, Tolstoy disowned not only his masterpieces but the complex world of art as wells the simple soul, the peasant, the pure of heart—these were those to whom he directed his later works. Read full book review >