Search Results: "Michael Dorris"


BOOK REVIEW

PAPER TRAIL by Michael Dorris
Released: April 1, 1994

"Collectively, the essays evoke the pathos, joy, and mystery of unaccountable suffering and unbearable loss, of spiritual triumph and enduring love, conveying universal experiences in a simple and touching language."
Known primarily as a novelist (Working Men, 1993; Morning Girls, 1992; The Crown of Columbus with his wife, Louise Erdrich, 1991) and for The Broken Cord, which described his oldest son Abel's affliction with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), Dorris here offers an array of previously published essays. Read full book review >

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CLOUD CHAMBER by Michael Dorris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A little of John O'Hara, and rather more of A.J. Cronin, here, but the story's details will draw you in and keep you reading. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection; author tour)"
Dorris's first solo novel in almost a decade is a partial prequel to his successful A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (1987), and a generational saga that celebrates the enduring power of family ties. Read full book review >

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SEES BEHIND TREES by Michael Dorris
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The exquisitely crafted language remains so simple it can be enjoyed by middle-graders, while the brevity and adventure promise wide readership among less-skilled teenage readers. (Fiction. 8+)"
With characters who are wholly believable yet true to their era, Dorris (Guests, 1994, etc.) has created a coming-of-age novel from the myopic perspective of a sight-impaired Native American boy in 15th-century Virginia. Read full book review >

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MORNING GIRL by Michael Dorris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"Saddening, compelling—a novel to be cherished for its compassion and humanity. (Fiction. 8+)"
Like the quiet lap of waves on the sand, the alternating introspections of two Bahamian island children in 1492. Read full book review >

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WORKING MEN by Michael Dorris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Crisp, convincing, and often affecting stories of men's lives. (First printing of 50,000)"
Fourteen handsomely crafted stories showing sympathy for a broad range of mostly male characters—from stalwart small-town workingmen to a homosexual traveling salesman and an obedient Native American boy on the verge of marriage—by memoirist (The Broken Cord, 1989) and novelist Dorris (coauthor, The Crown of Columbus, 1991; etc.). Read full book review >

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GUESTS by Michael Dorris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1994

"A book that might have been outstanding had it delivered more or attempted less. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A brief look into Native American life just before it is irrevocably changed in this rite-of-passage tale of a young Indian boy. Read full book review >

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THE WINDOW by Michael Dorris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Dorris's lyrical writing and ability to create evocative moments will sustain those who have read his historical novels, but won't give them an idea of the real Rayona of the earlier books. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Rayona Taylor, the heroine from Dorris's adult novels, A Yellow Raft in Blue River (1987) and Cloud Chamber (1997), is featured in this prequel, about her life as an 11-year-old who is abandoned by her Native American mother, and shuffled from place to place by her African-American father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 15, 1997

"But the best here are passionate and surprising, offering some distinctive celebrations of a lifelong infatuation with the power of the printed word to transport and enchant."
The late Dorris (Cloud Chamber, 1997, etc.) and Buchwald, publisher of Milkweed Editions, have assembled 57 brief recollections by writers of how, in Dorris's words, they ``first encountered the magic of the printed word.'' As one might expect, these experiences vary widely: Sherman Alexie recalls learning to read from a Superman comic book; Nicholson Baker explains how he learned to read (``in the sense of of knowing how to follow a story with pleasure'') by being read to by his mother; Susan Kenney recollects her surprise when she discovered ``that words on the page make pictures in your mind, and you could take in a story with your eyes as well as through your ears.'' Larry Watson recaptures the exhilaration he felt when, at the age of 13, the local library allowed him to begin taking books from the adult section. Read full book review >

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SALMON RIVER KID by Joseph Dorris
Released: March 7, 2014

"An excellent read. Let's hope there's more to come."
Welcome to the Idaho Territory of 1872, where a boy and his father eke out a livelihood. If the winters don't kill you, the claim jumpers might. Read full book review >

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KATRINE by Joseph Dorris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A historical novel with vivid descriptions of its time and place but that would have benefited from some streamlining."
In the early 1860s, an orphaned Swedish girl comes of age in what becomes the Idaho Territory in this latest installment in the High Valley Home series. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 23, 2011

"A quest for gold that will take readers on an enlightening tour of the 1870s West."
A father and son try their luck at gold prospecting in Dorris' historical account of mining camps in Idaho Territory. Read full book review >