Search Results: "Matthew F. Jones"


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F by Daniel Kehlmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2014

"German writer Kehlmann (Fame, 2010, etc.) takes us on a strange and enigmatic journey here."
An elusive novel whose events remain cryptic and largely unexplained. Read full book review >

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THE ELEMENTS OF HITTING by Matthew F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 1994

"Flawed, but personable and engaging—not bad for the second time at bat."
Baseball provides a metaphor for playing—and winning—the game of life in a new novel by the author of The Cooter Farm (1992). Read full book review >

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BOOT TRACKS by Matthew F. Jones
Released: May 15, 2006

"A nightmare thriller with the power to haunt."
More than just a very good crime thriller, this dark but illuminating novel shows us the psychopathology of the criminal mind. Read full book review >

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DEEPWATER by Matthew F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The postman rings again in a malignant pastoral of steamy sex, Oedipal terror, and a few too many Faulknerian fever dreams."
Once again experimenting with commercial forms, Jones (Blind Pursuit, 1997, etc.) turns boondocks noir into hallucinogenic horror as a down-on-his-luck drifter finds love and villainy in a seedy lakeside motel. Read full book review >

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BLIND PURSUIT by Matthew F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Nothing much that's original and certainly no surprises; just relentless, lean-and-mean page-turner plotting and a grimly satisfying ending."
Nail-bitingly suspenseful police procedural about the kidnapping of a successful businessman's daughter. Read full book review >

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A SINGLE SHOT by Matthew F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Powerfully written but ultimately empty."
Backwoods blood and gore from the author whose previous expeditions into the grotesque (The Cooter Farm, 1991; The Elements of Hitting, 1994) have shown just how far we can go down Tobacco Road. Read full book review >

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THE COOTER FARM by Matthew F. Jones
Released: Jan. 29, 1992

"Hooter, Scooter, and Looter will remind some readers of Carolyn Chute's The Beans of Egypt, Main—though this backwoods family is of a decidedly darker variety."
Incest, infidelity, and artificial insemination play major roles in this backwoods melodrama set in upstate New York—a first novel in the rural gothic tradition by a writer with a weird sense of humor. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

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GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2009

"Honest and inspiring."
A mother's memoir of her young son, his murder and the effect on a galvanized public. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW WHEELOCK'S WALL by Frances Ward Weller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Truly outstanding in every way: a book of rare insight and beauty. (Picture book. 4+)"
Old Matthew and his horse cleared a pasture, 100 years ago, putting the biggest rocks in a trench and saving the others. Read full book review >