Search Results: "Philip Caputo"


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MEANS OF ESCAPE by Philip Caputo
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"An episodic, impressionistic, and dead-honest narrative that affords memorable as well as consequential insights into a chaotic era's noteworthy conflicts."
An intensely personal, albeit consistently affecting and frequently riveting memoir of years of living dangerously. Read full book review >

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THE VOYAGE by Philip Caputo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 1999

"The novel isn't especially shapely, but it's been scrupulously researched, strongly imagined, and painstakingly hammered together: those who plunge headlong into its dark waters will not soon forget the experience. (First printing of 40,000; Book-of-the-Month alternate selection)"
Comparisons with Melville and Conrad will occur to readers of this pungent tale of perilous maritime adventure—a notable departure for the author of Exiles (1997), etc. But the story is also about family unhappiness, its closest analogues (as the last line implicitly acknowledges) to be found in Faulkner's brooding studies of overweening ambition, pride, miscegenation, and madness. Read full book review >

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THE LONGEST ROAD by Philip Caputo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2013

"This personal collection of tales, yarns and folklore may not be enough to cure readers' wanderlust, but it does provide a diverse and acutely observed portrait of our country."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Caputo (Crossers, 2009, etc.) chronicles his journey with a vintage Airstream trailer from the southernmost point of the United States to the northernmost reachable point in Deadhorse, Ala., in hopes of discovering what keeps this country united. Read full book review >

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SOME RISE BY SIN by Philip Caputo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"This is a compelling novel that wraps up too neatly, belying the uncertainty and turmoil at its core."
A novel that couldn't be more timely: the story of culture clash and compromise in Mexico. Read full book review >

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EXILES by Philip Caputo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1997

"Heart of Darkness''), and the finest work of Caputo's career—a quantum leap beyond his previous fiction."
Three impressively varied and dramatic novellas, the first collection of shorter fiction from the author of such novels as Horn of Africa (1980) and Equation for Evil (1996), as well as the acclaimed Vietnam memoir A Rumor of War (1977). Read full book review >

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ACTS OF FAITH by Philip Caputo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2005

"It's overlong, and overattentive to its three romantic subplots. But Acts of Faith offers an image of Africa deserving comparison with Conrad, Hemingway, Peter Matthiessen, and Jan de Hartog's forgotten near-masterpiece The Spiral Road."
Idealism and commitment take combative forms in Caputo's mordant morality tale, a story that strongly resembles his fine 1980 novel Horn of Africa. Read full book review >

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EQUATION FOR EVIL by Philip Caputo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1996

"All the size and sweep you'd expect from Caputo (Means of Escape, 1991, etc.), but hurt by his lack of familiarity with the conventions of a genre he seems to think he's invented himself. ($75,000 ad/promo budget; author tour)"
Despite the recent success of Mary Willis Walker's Under the Beetle's Cellar (p. 818) and Jeffery Deaver's A Maiden's Grave (p. 965), this interminable inquest into a similar crime—a crazed gunman's assault on a busful of schoolchildren—suggests that no suspense formula is foolproof. ``This is not, repeat not, a criminal investigation,'' forensic psychiatrist Dr. Leander Heartwood tells his unwilling partner, Special Agent Gabriel Chin, of the California Department of Justice. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"An important addition to the field. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
The Vietnam War lasted 10,000 days and was the longest, most unpopular war in American history, the only war lost by the U.S. Caputo, author of the best-selling Vietnam War memoir A Rumor of War (1977), offers the most complete overview of the war to date for young readers. Read full book review >

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CROSSERS by Philip Caputo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2009

"A masterful tale about what comes of 'trying to escape history'—from which, the author gives us to understand, there is no safe place to hide."
The sins of the fathers are visited on their progeny with a vengeance in this somber novel of life in paradise by Caputo (Acts of Faith, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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BE AN ACCOMPLICE
by Michelle Martin

In Philip Nel’s newly published monograph Was the Cat in the Hat Black?, he concludes his intriguing analysis of the insidious and steadfast presence of racism in children’s literature historically with a manifesto, a concrete list of “action items” that children’s-literature professionals can do to start to make the genre an inclusive one. Point No. 11 of the manifesto is ...


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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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