Search Results: "Michael Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

HELLO DOWN THERE by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Much like the hothouse Faulkner of Sanctuary, with the same bitter humor and nihilistic denouement."
Southern writer and first-timer Parker combines a lyrical style with a fully articulated social world—in a tale of love and betrayal, ambivalence and desire, and guilt and addiction. Read full book review >

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DON’T MAKE ME STOP NOW by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2007

"Overall: solid, carefully composed glimpses into domestic dysfunction."
A collection chock-full of breakups and breakdowns—just about everybody here is in the midst of a downward spiral or unwittingly beginning one. Read full book review >

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THE GEOGRAPHICAL CURE by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Honest, graceful prose perfectly matches these stories' sense of place and past."
Geography is both cure and curse in Parker's second book (after Hello Down There, 1993), a collection of short fiction set in the modern South. Read full book review >

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THE WATERY PART OF THE WORLD by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2011

"A vividly imagined historical tale of isolated lives."
The outer banks of North Carolina is the setting for two darkly linked tales spanning 150 years, both inspired by real-life events: the disappearance of disgraced former vice president Aaron Burr's daughter after her ship is battered by a storm off the Carolina coast—and possibly taken over by pirates—and the evacuation of a tiny island by its last three townspeople, including two elderly female descendents of Theodosia Burr Alston. Read full book review >

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TOWNS WITHOUT RIVERS by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2001

"Parker takes southern gothic clichés and turns them on their heads: a powerfully original work."
A large-scale, romantic sequel to Parker's debut novel, Hello Down There (1993), follows two siblings searching for each other across America as the 1960s begin. Read full book review >

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ALL I HAVE IN THIS WORLD by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"Smart writing undone by an overly engineered conceit."
Two hard-luck cases come together in West Texas over a homely but storied 1984 Buick Electra. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2005

"Parker does a fine job exploring Joel's pain, but the overworked music/love connection is not enough to give his story ballast."
Soul music acts as a lifeline for a tormented adolescent whose family is disintegrating. Read full book review >

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THE COMMITTEE ON TOWN HAPPINESS by Alan Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Parker's not trying to be Dostoevsky here but rather wishes to create light and good-natured entertainment—and he succeeds."
Parker zings—but oh so gently—small-town politics and the pretentious politicians who regulate our lives at the micro-level. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY by Alan Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A complex, absorbing, and occasionally moving read."
A thoroughly unsentimental novel told from 10 different perspectives, all having at their center Beatrice (who renames herself "Christmas"), a 13-year-old dying of cancer. Read full book review >

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YOU ARE A STAR! by Michael Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A twinkling delight for bedtime and storytime. (star facts) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Star light, star bright…a child takes a lyrical journey to the heavens and discovers she's a star—in the best possible way. Read full book review >

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FORWARD THINKING
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse

Cover Story: Dimensional Doorways
BFF Charm: Nay
Swoonworthy Scale:
 1
Talky Talk: Through the Looking Glass
Bonus Factor:
 Future
Relationship Status: Enigmatic Blind Date

 

Cover Story: Dimensional Doorways

Drab color scheme aside, this is a respectable attempt at conveying the different time periods in which the book is set ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >