Search Results: "Levi Stahl"


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THE GETAWAY CAR by Donald E. Westlake
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 24, 2014

"Westlake kept a list of possible book titles, the last of which was Read Me. It would have been just the right one for this bright, witty book."
Assorted selections from a beloved crime writer. Read full book review >

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BECOMING GRANDMA by Lesley Stahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A welcome guide for new grandparents and their children looking to savor the joys and navigate the pitfalls of grandparenting."
Award-winning broadcast journalist Stahl (Reporting Live, 1999) shares the joys of being a grandmother.Read full book review >

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OTHER PEOPLE'S TRADES by Primo Levi
Released: May 1, 1989

In this posthumous collection of essays selected by the author (d. 1988) from pieces originally appearing in the Turin newspaper La Stampa, Levi treats subjects as diverse as writing, fear, insects, word processors, exams, and chess. Read full book review >

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BLACK DOG by Levi Pinfold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A great pick for storytime, bedtime, anytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pinfold's story has a timeless quality despite its entirely original flair, with sumptuous paintings and thumbnail embellishments adding narrative and descriptive content. Read full book review >

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HAPPY MUTANT BABY PILLS by Jerry Stahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Bukowski spawned the School of Dirty Realism. Consider this Dirty Surrealism, social satire as aberrant hipster irony."
Stahl's (Pain Killers, 2009, etc.) eighth novel trips through the travails of Lloyd, copywriter and heroin junkie. Read full book review >

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REPORTING LIVE by Lesley Stahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

"News junkies will savor every sound-bite in this sassy memoir. (Author tour)"
A breezy yet informative behind-the-microphone look at how the news is reported—and at why and how the Fourth Estate has become one of the most reviled professional categories in America today. Read full book review >

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PERMANENT MIDNIGHT by Jerry Stahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Like a horrible accident, the memoir morbidly compels attention, but Stahl's self-excoriating wisecracks often trivialize the true ghastliness of his experience, reducing it to exploitation-flick flatness. (First serial to Esquire)"
The itinerary of a hack writer's nightmarish journey through junkie hell. Read full book review >

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TENNYSON by Peter Levi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Levi's tact, good sense, respectful insight, and talent for the telling detail would have won even the heart of Tennyson himself, whose special aversion was biographies."
Acknowledging his debt to Robert Bernard Martin's Tennyson (1980), Levi (formerly, Poetry/Oxford Univ.; The Frontiers of Paradise, 1988, etc.) dispels the biographical fog emitted by Tennyson descendants, apologists, and idolaters, and—in a relatively brief but penetrating analysis—reveals the man behind the icon, the poet laureate whose odd appearance and eccentric behavior distanced him from the intimacies his fame encouraged. Read full book review >

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A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED by Jonathan Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Promising but flawed."
A debut novel from the American co-founder of Granta that, appropriating its title from the work by the great Talmudic scholar Maimonides, provides an ingenious if metaphorical twist to the events of 1492. Read full book review >

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SEPTIMANIA by Jonathan Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"A thoroughly intellectual postmodern fable, wise yet melancholy, meant to be read slowly and savored."
In Levi's (A Guide to the Perplexed, 1992) long-awaited second novel, a failed Ph.D. candidate, expelled from Cambridge's Trinity College, learns he's king of Septimania, the land given to the Jews of eighth-century France by Charlemagne.Read full book review >

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I, FATTY by Jerry Stahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2004

"As show business 'reporting' grows more sensational and less reliable, Stahl again turns to fiction, creating an illuminating story about actors, studios, and audiences."
Poignant story based on the life of silent screen star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Read full book review >