Search Results: "Michelle Herman"


BOOK REVIEW

HERMAN MELVILLE by Rebecca Stefoff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1994

"Illustrated with period reproductions; bibliography; index. (Biography. YA)"
In a lucid account of Melville's ``sad, although not quite tragic'' life, the author of many fine biographies explores his sources of inspiration and analyzes his major themes, his sophisticated use of symbolism and other literary devices, and why his books eluded wide readership until the 20th century. Read full book review >

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DOG by Michelle Herman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2005

"A dry, internal work about the underappreciated and underloved."
A brief, winsome novella about an English professor at a midwestern college who gets a dog instead of a life. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Indispensable for all serious Melvillians, whether professional or amateur, but given its measured approach and its heft, not a likely avenue for the uninitiated."
This leviathan of a biography—the first half of a two-volume set—meticulously charts the early life and career of an erratic literary genius. Read full book review >

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STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Michelle Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2013

"An engaging companion offers a spirit of shared humanity."
This slim volume includes two extended essays, incisive and conversational, that have plenty of connections between them. Read full book review >

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MICHELLE OBAMA by Peter Slevin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Slevin delivers a somewhat fawning portrait, but when necessary, he is willing to criticize and reveal his subject's missteps."
A Chicago-based journalist probes the fortunate yet humble upbringing of the first lady and, in a tedious refrain, her effective blackness. Read full book review >

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EMILY & HERMAN by John J. Healey
Released: May 1, 2013

"Despite the fact that Healey tries to deliver an entertaining romance, some readers may feel uncomfortable with the liberties he takes with these literary icons."
Healey takes poetic license in his debut novel about a "forgotten" manuscript—supposedly found among his deceased grandfather's belongings—that tells the story of a romantic relationship between two of American's most well-known early writers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"For die-hard Herman fans only. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A profusion of facts inundates this biography/oral history of one of the most underrated figures in jazz, bandleader/singer/reedman Woody Herman. Read full book review >

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HERMAN AND MARGUERITE by Jay O'Callahan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

Herman and Marguerite ($15.95; April 1996; 36 pp.; 1-56145-103-7): The subtitle of this book is ``An Earth Story,'' but this is really a lowdown tale of friendship between a worm and a caterpillar. Read full book review >

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HERMAN THE LOSER by Russell Hoban
Released: Sept. 13, 1961

"Other little losers will identify with Herman's troubles though they may find their attention wandering on the long hike toward the missing watch."
Herman loses everything, boots, sweaters, mittens, toys, even the watch father gave him. Read full book review >

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THIS IS HERMAN CAIN! by Herman Cain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A featherweight campaign autobiography that is too revealing of the candidate's limitations."
An unlikely presidential candidate introduces himself to the nation. Read full book review >