Search Results: "Padgett Powell"


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YOU & ME by Padgett Powell
Released: July 31, 2012

"An irreverent, goofball, witty and surprisingly compelling experiment."
Two Southern men riff, rant and trade non sequiturs in the latest literary stunt from Powell (Creative Writing/U. of Florida). Read full book review >

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THE INTERROGATIVE MOOD by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Whatever."
This novel is a one-trick pony, and that trick is a question mark. Read full book review >

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ALIENS OF AFFECTION by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"If Powell crashes here and there, it's because he's raised the bar so high: This is fiction that provokes, challenges, and renews your faith in possibility."
A second collection (after Typical, 1991) from the author of the novel Edisto Revisited (1996), etc.: nine pieces—some previously published in Esquire and Harper's—suggesting that Powell may now be one of our most linguistically inventive writers. Read full book review >

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EDISTO REVISITED by Padgett Powell
Released: March 1, 1996

"Simons as the most outlandish southern poseur, but it's his awesome command of language that finally makes him a writer to reckon with."
Powell returns to the coastal South Carolina town that was the setting for his first novel, Edisto (1984), and though it's years later, his ``lost souls'' haven't exactly found themselves. Read full book review >

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CRIES FOR HELP, VARIOUS by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Powell has great fun with abstraction that harks back to Barthelme and the Modernists, though not every riff registers."
A playful and provoking clutch of stories that forces words and themes into unfamiliar territory. Read full book review >

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MRS. HOLlINGSWORTH’S MEN by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2000

"More of Powell's Coover-esque, hyperkinetic art, action, color, voices, and opinions, all rolled together often brilliantly into something called—well, a novel."
Powell (Aliens of Affection, 1998, etc.) holds to his reputation for pyrotechnics with this ambitiously hallucinatory look at a Civil War hero and then some—a look taken by a plain but thoughtful housewife, who does it all with a shopping list. Read full book review >

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TYPICAL by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"Lyrically intense and full of the surreal juxtapositions you find in the flotsam of floodwaters: stories at once edgy and exuberant."
This first collection by the author of Edisto and A Woman Named Drown is an odd and arresting mix of full-length stories and lots of little pieces—none of them conventional by any means, and all of them typical of Powell's goofy, southern-inflected lust for language. Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Howard Means
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"The nation's first soldier deserves and eventually will get a better Boswell. (The labored text has photographs—not seen.)"
A barely serviceable briefing on the incumbent chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Selection of b&w publicity photos; bibliography; index. (Biography. 11-13)"
An uncritical portrait of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who once reported, ``Mr. President, the world is at peace.'' Reef traces Powell's career path from mediocre South Bronx student to top soldier, devoting some attention to his private life but, except for noting his opposition to Operation Desert Storm, discussing his abilities and philosophy only in vague, conventional terms. Read full book review >

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ANTHONY POWELL by Michael Barber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2004

"Amazingly dull for such a relatively short text concerning a group of brilliant artists during a lively cultural period."
Dreary biography of the writer best known for his 12-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time. Read full book review >

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DAWN POWELL by Tim Page
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Unconvincing in placing Powell at the forefront of mid-century authors, but gratifying to aficionados of New York City literary mores."
Novelist Dawn Powell is rediscovered in a kindly biography that also recalls the hard- drinking literati of Greenwich Village in the decades surrounding WWII. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"B&w and color photos; chronology; index. (Biography. 8-11)"
This unabashedly hero-worshipping biography of the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suffers from the very ``larger-than-life'' portrait it creates. Read full book review >