Search Results: "Paul Watkins"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ICE SOLDIER by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2006

"Plants the flag for good, manly storytelling."
So frequently compared to Hemingway, Watkins (The Fellowship of Ghosts, 2004, etc.) delivers a ninth novel that's willfully old-fashioned and, yes, Hemingwayesque. Read full book review >

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STAND BEFORE YOUR GOD by Paul Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"A graceful and ultimately sad account that tends to keep to the surface but, even so, makes us question assumptions about education, tradition, and the elite."
An unsentimental memoir of being an American in English boarding schools—the first nonfiction from the author of The Promise of Light (1993), etc. Watkins registers his shock as a small boy upon being left by his father at the Dragon School near Oxford. Read full book review >

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ARCHANGEL by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"With its undeniable power of language and sharply etched imagery, this tale makes a mighty crash, but being short of either Carolyn Chute's understanding of upcountry Maine folk or Edward Abbey's enthusiasm for the good fight, it falls hollow at the core."
Having established an impressive track record of six acclaimed books by the ripe age of 31 (Stand Before Your God, 1994, etc.), Watkins stumbles a bit here, losing his way in Maine's northern woods while on the trail of an eco-activista young radical who takes on a logging-company owner determined to clear-cut old-growth wilderness. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF MY DISAPPEARANCE by Paul Watkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 17, 1998

"Not his best, but not half bad."
A sixth novel, both action-packed and curiously muted, from the accomplished young author of such varied and adventurous fiction as Night Over Day Over Night (1988) and Archangel (1996). Read full book review >

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THE FORGER by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Yet another American in Paris searching for the crumbs of Hemingway's moveable feast— and learning the marvelous French art of the suave betrayal."
Watkins continues his obsession with the romantic sons of small-town New England fishing families, this time with a naive young painter who finds in a corrupt and dangerous Europe the adventure of a lifetime. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISE OF LIGHT by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"From start to finish, this is fine work."
Watkins has outdone himself: this gifted young writer (In the Blue Light of African Dreams, etc.) has written his best yet—a successful fusion of a young man's quest for his origins with a harrowing account of the Troubles in Ireland (prior to independence in 1922). Read full book review >

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PAUL AUSTER
by J.W. Bonner

We live our lives mostly in the moment, but also attendant to the question of what if?— what if we had lived in that town rather than the one I know? what if my father (or mother) had died? what if my parents had divorced? what if I had attended school X rather than school Y? what if I ...


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PAMELA PAUL
by Claiborne Smith

Readers who know Pamela Paul’s books before she became the editor of the New York Times Book Review know that they are serious works of nonfiction: The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony (2002), Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families (2005), and Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SLAVERY by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Contradictory statements, sweeping generalizations, and a general lack of focus make this history of slavery more an eye-glazer than an eye-opener. Read full book review >

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GLADIATOR by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The black-and-white drawings capture the elegance of the Roman Colosseum, and the excitement of the sea battles that were held at terrific expense; the renderings of the gladiators are consistently dramatic. (map, bibliography, further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The heroic and bloody story of the Roman gladiators is retold in Watkins's debut work, a comprehensive and vividly illustrated guide that will impart his obvious passion for the subject to budding historians. Read full book review >

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PETE WITH NO PANTS by Rowboat Watkins
written and illustrated by Rowboat Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Knock, knock. Who's there? An awesome mom of a kid with no pants. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pants can be such a hindrance when it comes to imaginative play. Read full book review >

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VIRUS by Graham Watkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Not hopeless, but not all that thrilling either."
Serviceable technothriller from Watkins, who seems to have undertaken a full retreat from the kinky excess of Kaleidoscope Eyes (1993): the boffing here is strictly virtual. Read full book review >