Search Results: "Larry Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

FATHER AND SON by Larry Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1996

"A riveting tale of an unforgiving and cruel world. (Author tour)"
From a small rural southern world of guns and hounds and whiskey, Mississippi writer Brown (Joe, 1991, etc.) fashions a redneck tragedy of timeless dimensions—a novel in which fate drives the plot to its necessarily bloody denouement. Read full book review >

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THE RABBIT FACTORY by Larry Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Brown's Fay (2000) remains his best—but it's good to see him extending his range. The Rabbit Factory has much to recommend it."
Relationships between people and animals and the hopes of both species that "love was out there for everybody, if they could just find it": these are the central issues in this Alabama author's relentlessly gritty latest. Read full book review >

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BILLY RAY’S FARM by Larry Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2001

"Brown's honest, down-to-earth prose is always readable and sometimes moving, but most of the pieces here lack substance."
Ten autobiographical essays that read more like journal entries, by the King of Grit Lit (Fay, 2000, etc.), disappointingly not up to the level of Brown's last nonfiction collection, On Fire (1994). Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 28, 1994

"This may not be the first book by a fireman—but it's one of the best. (First printing of 25,000)"
Brown brings to his first work of nonfiction the same no- nonsense style that makes his novels and short stories (Big Bad Love, 1990, etc.) so powerful and intense. Read full book review >

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A MIRACLE OF CATFISH by Larry Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"Given an impressive track record that runs from Facing the Music (1988) to The Rabbit Factor (2003), few will doubt that in time, the author would have completed the task and perhaps even crafted a great book."
The inhabitants of a rural Mississippi town circle one another warily, just steps away from open conflict, in Brown's busy sixth novel, left unfinished when he died in 2004. Read full book review >

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JOE by Larry Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"It's lean, mean, and original."
With this, his fourth book in as many years, Brown delivers on the huge promise of his first, the tough-as-nails collection of stories, Facing the Music. Read full book review >

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FAY by Larry Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2000

"Close to a masterpiece."
The search for love and family has seldom been portrayed with such harsh realism as in this almost literally stunning fourth novel by the highly acclaimed Mississippi author. Read full book review >

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR - #RITAGH
by Bobbi Dumas

It’s an exciting week in the romance world! On Tuesday, RWA announced the finalists in the RITA and Golden Heart contests. (You can find the full list here.)

For those of you who may not know, the Golden Heart is Romance Writers of America’s contest for unpublished authors.

Some of my favorite authors and friends of Read-A-Romance made the RITA ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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IN FULL FLIGHT WITH GREG PIZZOLI
by Julie Danielson

The start of a new year is always exciting for readers. We envision brand-spankin’-new books from our favorite authors and new artwork from illustrators whose work we love to see. Look past our shoulders and you’ll see crossed fingers that our favorite writers and artists have something in store for us.

Most surprising of all is when we get ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ATTACK OF THE SMART PIES by Larry Gonick
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Sporting an array of odd forms in the tiny vignettes with which this tale is sprinkled, the New Muses may keep their current fans amused, but they're unlikely to draw many new ones with this offbeat episode. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A zany premise and an equally off-the-wall plot keep this wandering tale—the first separate outing for characters with a regular gig in MUSE magazine—afloat, but just barely. Read full book review >