Search Results: "Mark Childress"


BOOK REVIEW

ONE MISSISSIPPI by Mark Childress
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2006

"A coming-of-age tale whose shift in tone impairs its flow."
Racism, teenage lust and the burdens of friendship complicate a young man's life in the Deep South of 1973. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGIA BOTTOMS by Mark Childress
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2011

"Light, amusing fiction."
The title of this novel from Childress (One Mississippi, 2006, etc.) refers to a person rather than to a place—and what a memorable character she turns out to be. Read full book review >

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GONE FOR GOOD by Mark Childress
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Childress isn't doing much more than taxiing, in what is pretty clearly his weakest book yet."
If Joseph Conrad and H.G. Wells had cowritten scripts for Gilligan's and Fantasy Island[s], they probably would have come up with something about as bad as this overinflated comic melodrama by the popular author of Crazy in Alabama (1993), etc. The story begins in 1972 when good-old-boy folk-rock superstar Ben "Superman" Willis is overtaken by a violent thunderstorm while flying his private plane and crashes it on a remote tropical island. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Mark Childress
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 1993

"Threading a thin line between bizarre comedy and ugly southern reality, this is a deftly balanced tale that unravels in the end- -when the fantastic and tragic elements clash in a finale both brutal and banal."
Flames of passion and rebellion confront the darkness of intolerance in Alabama, with many a macabre twist—in Childress's latest southern-fried coming-of-age tale (V for Victor, 1984; Tender, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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JOSHUA AND BIGTOOTH by Mark Childress
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"This will never replace Lynd Ward's masterpiece, but it's smoothly told and has nice touches of humor, while the brash, cartoon-style illustrations are full of color and verve. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lighthearted fantasy rather like an updated The Biggest Bear. Read full book review >

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AND WEST IS WEST by Ron Childress
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Socially engaged but otherwise unengaging."
Award-winning novel from a first-time author. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DILLY DALLY DAISY by Mark Fearing
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"An ode to young daydreamers—and tempting distractions—everywhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Daisy Marsha Martin has perfected the art of dawdling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARTHLING! by Mark Fearing
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"A fun, intergalactic buddy story that may not reinvent the wheel—or the UFO—but works well here, nonetheless. (Graphic science fiction. 9-12)"
After catching the wrong bus, young Bud finds himself at a school that's out of this world—literally. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"It should find a place in every collection. (Nonfiction. 6+)"
A clean, clear, lighthearted look at the communicative clout of color, contrast and contour. Read full book review >

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FUNNY FARM by Mark  Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Ultimately, there's very little story holding the book together, but the humor found on each page is satisfying in its own right. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In this picture-book twist on Green Acres, the joke is on citified cousin Edward, a dapper dog who visits his Uncle Earl's farm. Read full book review >

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BUILT BY ANGELS by Mark Podwal
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A beautiful, Impressionistic introduction to a portion of Judaic lore and a European architectural marvel. (historical note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Legend, history and spiritual significance intertwine in Podwal's illustrated free-verse poem paying homage to Prague's Altneuschul, or Old-New Synagogue, which is the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1270, and is treasured for its early Gothic architecture. Read full book review >