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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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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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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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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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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PANDA & POLAR BEAR by Matthew J. Baek
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Done primarily in shades of blue for the polar bears and greens for the pandas, they are delicate, soft and expressive, bringing gentleness to the story and highlighting its message of acceptance and cooperation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a maybe-imaginary world where only a steep cliff separates a warm, grassy, bamboo-filled paradise inhabited by panda bears and a wintry wonderland populated by polar bears, one curious young polar bear falls off the cliff and into the mud. Read full book review >

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SPELL ROBBERS by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Refreshingly different in some ways but ultimately unsatisfying. (Adventure. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Ben joins an after-school science club, he has no idea that the price of membership will be the loss of everyone he loves. Read full book review >

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THE LOST KINGDOM by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An old-fashioned adventure story to curl up with on a rainy afternoon. (author's note) (Steampunk. 8-12)"
The historical meets the fantastical when key members of the American Philosophical Society, circa 1753, employ an aeroship to search for the lost Kingdom of Madoc, of Welsh legend. Read full book review >

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ISLAND OF THE SUN by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"A baroque premise fuels a reasonably adventuresome middle volume. (Science fiction/fantasy hybrid. 11-13)"
With the all-powerful Global Energy Trust hot on the trail, this sequel to The Arctic Code (2015) finds Eleanor and her ragtag band of allies mounting assaults on more of the alien devices that are rapidly forcing Earth into an ice age by sucking up its "telluric energy."Read full book review >

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IF YOU WERE A CHOCOLATE MUSTACHE by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Verse seekers could do worser than to swallow down this course of funky, funny forms of wordy wit. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Prolific versifier, author, riddlizer (etc.) Lewis offers this mostly new (a few appeared in magazines or anthologies) collection of laughs and linguistic lampoons. Read full book review >

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THE UNLUCKY LOTTERY WINNERS OF CLASSROOM 13 by Honest Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"The ongoing hardships of Classroom 13 hammer home teachable moments with humor. (Fiction. 8-12)"
What would you do if you won the lottery? Read full book review >