Search Results: "Michael Dirda"


BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL by Henry Flesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Amen."
Flesh's X-rated debut novel, the Lambda Award-winning Massage (1999), told of life at the bottom of Manhattan's gay subculture. Read full book review >

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BROWSINGS by Michael Dirda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Dirda's comradely essays are unfailingly informative and amusing, punctuated with poignant asides on the aging artist and paeans to great literary scholars. His almost single-minded passion, the exhilaration of a life in literature, glows on every page."
Author and literary journalist Dirda (On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling, 2011, etc.) presents a collection of light, conversational essays drawn from a year of writing on books and book collecting for the American Scholar.Read full book review >

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CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE by Michael Dirda
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Tasty samples from a most eclectic and inviting bibliophilic menu."
Just when you think you've read a few books, here comes a Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic with jaunty evidence that you haven't read Jack—not to mention Jill, Jacques and many others. Read full book review >

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Released: May 5, 2006

"After one treacly tribute to the freedom of the press, the author says, 'That sounds corny.' It does, and so does most of this mess."
Reading is good for you, especially if you read what the author recommends. Read full book review >

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READINGS by Michael Dirda
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"For any book lover who—despite Kirkus's best efforts—doesn't know what to read next, Dirda will provide a lovely and genial guide."
A delightful compendium of Dirda's most memorable Washington Post Book World essays revels in seven years' worth of bibliophilic passion. Read full book review >

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ON CONAN DOYLE by Michael Dirda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Despite a few shortcomings, an endearing, well-balanced introduction to a writer the Strand Magazine called 'the greatest natural storyteller of his age.'"
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post book critic Dirda (Classics for Pleasure, 2007, etc.) provides a personal voyage around the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a prodigious variety of lesser-known heroes, worlds and volumes. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 6, 2004

"Tough at times, but well worth it, with manifold rewards for any serious reader."
The Washington Post's Pulitzer-winning reviewer, critic, and essayist (An Open Book, 2003, etc.) dares to deliver on his subtitle's outrageous claim. Read full book review >

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AN OPEN BOOK by Michael Dirda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"An effervescent yet self-effacing tale of a youngster who viewed a library as an all-you-can-eat buffet—and greedily gorged."
The Washington Post Book World's Pulitzer-winning book critic recalls in evocative prose his nerdy youth in Lorain County, Ohio. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHANGING MICHAEL by Jeff Schilling
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Like the main character, not as smart as it thinks it is. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen provocateur decides to befriend and help a social outcast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL JORDAN by Robert Lipsyte
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1994

"Kids are lucky to have Lipsyte writing on their side. (Biography. 10-14)"
According to New York Times sportswriter Lipsyte (Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1993, etc.), Michael Jordan is a master of timing not just in his game but in his whole involvement with basketball and advertising. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL COLLINS by James Mackay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Despite minor shortcomings, this is the best life of Collins now available, published just in time to coincide with Neil Jordan's film Michael Collins, with Liam Neeson in the lead role."
A stirring, comprehensive life of the great Irish patriot. ``If you think you understand what's going on, you're just confused,'' says a graffito current in Belfast. Read full book review >