Search Results: "Lynn Stegner"


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PIPERS AT THE GATES OF DAWN by Lynn Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"Carefully, even gracefully written, but the Stegner's people are either soapy or overfamiliar."
Stegner (Fata Morgana, not reviewed, etc.) offers three linked novellas depicting life in the small, set-in-its-ways town of Harrow, Vermont. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A collection that doesn't quite live up to its promise."
Middling anthology of writing about the American West, focusing on regional identity. Read full book review >

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THE GEOGRAPHY OF HOPE by Page Stegner
Released: June 27, 1996

"More than a few of the uninitiated, and doubtless the old guard as well, will be reaching for one of Stegner's 30-odd books after reading these collected appreciations."
An uneven collection of tributes to Wallace Stegner— meticulous novelist, historian, chronicler of the American West, wilderness advocate—edited by his son, Page (Outposts of Eden, 1989, etc.), and wife, Mary. Read full book review >

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THE CITY OF THE LIVING by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1956

"Stegner makes an efficient- if not outstanding- use of this medium- seldom one to attract the full strength public of the full length book."
A sheaf of short stories, eight in all, are undercut by the realities of poverty, death, and acceptance of the immutable facts which only experience can teach, a moment of sudden recognition. Read full book review >

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Released: June 15, 1964

"Concerned with how the West—not how the Faith—was won, the author manages to reconstruct another historical chapter of the American Frontier story— undistinguished but interesting in its place."
The American West was settled by many hardy types, pioneers in search of freer land, economic betterment, or adventure; but it was only the Mormons who set out with the promise of eternal life. Read full book review >

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ONE NATION by Wallace Stegner
Released: Sept. 25, 1945

"He treads on lots of toes — but — in the brevity of the book — may reach many hearts."
This is a Life on America prize winner, which may give it one boost over the hurdle that it is "another book about our minority problem". Read full book review >

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FOUR PORTRAITS AND ONE SUBJECT by Wallace Stegner
Released: March 5, 1963

"Wallace Stegner are the four contributors and all write with great affection for the 'western wild man' and appraise his importance as a tough-minded social critic and indigenous historian (rather than novelist)."
In 1960, when the collected papers of Bernard De Voto were made available at Stanford University, four of his friends and admirers spoke at the ceremony and this collective tribute now appears here along with the bibliography of his writings. Read full book review >

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FIRE AND ICE by Wallace Stegner
Released: April 24, 1941

"Later he is released from jail when charges are not pressed, and comes out a wiser man."
I had hoped that by now Stegner would have grown beyond the vignette type of book, but once again his story does not quite add up to a full-bodied novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1954

"An important facet of American growth is here given due consideration."
The thrilling record of the first expedition to descend the Green and Colorado Rivers makes a dramatic introduction to the life of John Wesley Powell, but actually his contribution to the opening West, and his permanent part in putting our government into scientific studies of the nation are the major claims to a fame, unjustly obscured. Read full book review >

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RECAPITULATION by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 1978

"But more than the memories themselves, which are basically undramatic and recessive, Stegner's cool-handed assurance—and his heightened visibility as a National Book Award winner—will reach out to those earnest readers who are able to derive substantial pleasure from mild, quiet, competent work."
Bruce Mason, a retired career diplomat, returns to the site of his boyhood, Salt Lake City, to bury an elderly aunt. Read full book review >

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SECOND GROWTH by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1947

"So well done that it will be enjoyed by an appreciative though not a large audience."
Stegner has proved himself adept in the field of the short novel; he has written one important novel, Big Rock Candy Mountain; now comes this book, neither novel nor short stories-but a book about a New Hampshire village that grows into a town during the vacation season when the visitors bring it to life. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1992

"Absolutely worthwhile, but highly charged only here and there."
Western Americana and literary history by the Pulitzer-winning novelist. Read full book review >