Search Results: "Lydia Davis"


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LYDIA by Brian Willson
ROMANCE
Released: March 24, 2013

"A subtle love story that rewards patient readers with its quiet charms."
In this supernatural love story, when Ed Austin purchases a 200-year-old farm in Maine, it comes with a ghost that may haunt him in all the right ways. Read full book review >

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AFTER LYDIA by Sandra Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"This author is capable of better."
A disappointing second novel that again explores the mother- daughter relationship but lacks the consummate writing and insight that distinguished Blue Glass (1992). Read full book review >

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VARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"An initially off-putting collection that gradually becomes habit-forming."
More dauntingly opaque but often brilliant snippets and meditations from MacArthur recipient Davis (Samuel Johnson Is Indignant, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON IS INDIGNANT by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Outsiders, self-doubt, and alienation: all form the bedrock upon which Davis sets up an off-kilter, edgy universe distinctly her own."
Translator, novelist, and short-fiction specialist Davis (Almost No Memory, 1997, etc.) assembles another fine collection of 54 wry, haunting pieces, old and new, brief and long, nearly all previously published. Read full book review >

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MILES DAVIS by Ron Frankl
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

A superb short biography in the Black Americans of Achievement series. Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE STORY by Lydia Davis
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"For all the good and clever writing, the story remains a neat idea without much emotional wattage."
This first novel from prize-winning short-story writer Davis (Break It Down, 1986) wryly turns a failed love affair into a therapeutic literary experiment. Read full book review >

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CAN'T AND WON'T by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Whether fiction or non, Davis never bores."
Five years after a mammoth, comprehensive collection of stories secured her literary legacy, this unique author explores new directions and blurs boundaries in writing that is always fresh and often funny. Read full book review >

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Released: March 20, 2012

"A thorough treatment from an atheistic perspective, with numerous examples but few original hypotheses."
Luce sets out to explain why only science and logic are reliable guides for morality. Read full book review >

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ALMOST NO MEMORY by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Meanwhile, strong writing and a somber mood combine to make this a probing, quietly compelling series of meditations in story form."
Soberly eclectic doesn't begin to describe this new assortment of 51 short (often very short) stories from Davis, whose first collection, Break it Down (1986), and novel, The End of the Story (1995), have both received much favorable notice. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 1993

"Photos, plus discography and transcriptions of songs and vaudeville skits)."
Lydia Mendoza—with 12-string guitar and soulful renditions of tangos, boleros, corridos, and other popular songs—catapulted to fame (if not fortune) as ``La Cancionera de los Pobres'' (``The Songstress of the Poor'') in the 30's Southwest, becoming the most renowned member of her performing family. Read full book review >