Search Results: "Matthew J. Bruccoli"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 1996

Underneath the usual authorial complaints about royalties and editorial requests for finished manuscripts, Hemingway's dedication to his craft, and Perkins's to Hemingway, come through in this carefully abridged selection. Read full book review >

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O LOST by Thomas Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2000

"Perhaps you can go home again. A strange and lovely return indeed, for which much thanks to the enterprising Bruccolis."
The famous first version of Look Homeward, Angel (1929), Wolfe's titanic debut novel that had been whipped into publishable shape by Scribner editor Maxwell Perkins. Read full book review >

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JOHN O’HARA’S HOLLYWOOD by John O'Hara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Readers might find this less compelling as fiction than as a glimpse into what Hollywood was 'really' like."
This uneven collection focuses on issues of status and morality (or lack thereof) during the heyday of the studio star system. Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"A top-flight posthumous collection, topped off by the hundred-page 'Slowly Now the Dancer,' whose narrator travels to Maine to bury his hated grandmother, seething with enough resentment for a dozen felonies without committing a single one."
A last helping of deceptively meandering monologues from the late master of miasmal crime fiction. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Still, the world is grateful that Heller's trick, if indeed only one, was Catch-22."
A collection of Helleriana that goes far toward showing that the author was a one-trick pony. Read full book review >

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CRUX by James Dickey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1999

"In disagreement with Auden, Dickey writes, 'Poetry makes plenty happen; it can change your life,' as this passionate and ornery epistolary collection proves."
Indefatigable literary estate agent Bruccoli (English/Univ. 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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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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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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JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

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J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >