Search Results: "Owen Egerton"


BOOK REVIEW

EVERYONE SAYS THAT AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Owen Egerton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2013

"A brainy, often riotous, ultimately moving Cat's Cradle for our time peopled with reluctant seekers of spiritual nourishment who might have stepped from the pages of Flannery O'Connor."
The world ends in Austin, Texas, and a multitude of less cool venues, in Egerton's seriocomic, eschatological whimsy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 2010

"A lively and beautifully crafted novel about the anguish of belief."
An astute novel that asks us to take seriously the possibility that Harold Peeks, a relatively mild-mannered computer salesman, is in fact the Son of God, as he announces. Read full book review >

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HOLLOW by Owen Egerton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A portrait of heartbreak and loss of faith so wretched it may leave readers with raw nerves."
A religious studies professor wracked by profound grief seeks answers at the center of the world. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BEST AVOID DYING by Owen Egerton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The stories that begin with the most surreal premises—the melding of man and squirrel in 'The Beginning of All Things,' the hero's irrational fears in 'The Adventures of Stimp'—are more piquant than gripping, but the sudden descents from domesticity into madness in 'Christmas' and 'Tonight at Noon' manage to be at once creepy and disturbingly funny."
Spoiler alert: Although plenty of characters survive these 21 stories, there's no obvious prescription that fulfills the promise of the collection's title. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

"Newcomers will learn a great deal from the author's inspired conceptualization but will need frequent respites from the flood of humanity he presents. (48 pages photos, not seen)"
Egerton's examination of the South in the period immediately preceding the civil rights movement is less history through group biography than history through cameo appearance. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"A delicious feast, as well as a thoughtful celebration of regional culture."
Egerton assembles more than four dozen previously published pieces by writers such as Nikki Giovanni and Roy Blount Jr., offering the same serendipitous delights as time spent on a front porch of a summer evening enjoying good food and good talk. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"An illuminating view of an era whose reform spirit would live on in the 1960scivil rights movement."
A richly detailed history of former slaves' rising to political involvement in the American South after the Civil War. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"In a culturally literate world, all Americans would know the story of Quok Walker. Egerton provides it, and much more."
This history of slavery at the end of the colonial era proves to be a story of roads not taken. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A lively, expertly rendered narrative of politics as a prelude to war."
A specialist in African-American history examines the tumultuous 1860 presidential election, perhaps the most consequential in American history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched, comprehensive look at the Civil War regiments who took the first step in the struggle to make their countrymen see them as intelligent, capable men."
The story of the black men, slaves and free, of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry, some of the greatest fighters of the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAD ABOUT MONKEYS by Owen Davey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A vast amount of information on monkeys is expertly delivered in both text and image without patronizing either readers or monkeys—a delight. (index) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
An informational picture book about monkeys throughout the world. Read full book review >

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NIGHT KNIGHT by Owen Davey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"A visual feast for very youngest fans of knights and castles. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An upside-down colander becomes a knight's helmet and a yawn becomes "ye olde yawn" when a small boy dreamer gets ready for bed. Read full book review >