Search Results: "Phyllis S. Busch"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The capable black-and-white illustrations range from realistic renderings of plants and animals to atmospheric scenes of exploration. (further reading, index) (Nonfiction 8-12)"
A selection of brief outdoor adventures in an appealing nature title. Read full book review >

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THE INCIDENTAL STEWARD by Akiko Busch
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 2013

"Sure to inform and delight nature lovers."
Essayist and former Metropolis contributing editor Busch (Patience: Taking Time in an Age of Acceleration, 2010, etc.) shows how ordinary people can play an important role in protecting the natural environment simply by "paying attention" to the creatures around us. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO A FICTION WRITER by Frederick Busch
Released: June 1, 1999

"Busch's collection embodies good writing."
Prominent writers of fiction dispense copious, often conflicting, and largely entertaining advice to beginners and sundry others who feel called to publish short stories and novels. Read full book review >

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DUST TO DUST by Benjamin Busch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2012

"Competently written, though weighed down by a narrative more tenuous than tangible."
One man's philosophical explorations into the trials of childhood, adulthood and the Marine Corps. Read full book review >

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WHORES OF LOST ATLANTIS by Charles Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 1993

"Despite a cavalier attitude to sexuality, there's much here to amuse anyone, regardless of orientation: the perfect crossover formula that's worked so well for Busch on stage."
Camp playwright and drag actor Busch debuts with a fictional re-creation of his off-Broadway career—a success story that's part middle-brow Oscar Wilde and very much a gay soap opera. Read full book review >

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NORTH by Frederick Busch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"This writer's failures are indeed more interesting than many of his contemporaries' successes. Still, North is a disappointment."
The search for a missing youth jump-starts Busch's brooding latest, a loose sequel to his 1997 stunner, Girls. Read full book review >

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RESCUE MISSIONS by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"These stories reaffirm Busch's familiar vision of good deeds counting for little in a dangerous world."
The missions of the title give a thematic unity to this dark collection of 15 stories from Busch (North, 2005, etc.), who died last February. Read full book review >

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LONG WAY FROM HOME by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1993

"At his best, Busch seems to press for new ways to register characters, their language, and their relationships—but his best shines out only fitfully in this murkily conceived fable."
Responding to a magazine ad that may have been placed by her biological mother, Sarah Barrett abandons her Bucks County family and runs slowly to disaster—in this sedate, ruminative thriller from Busch (Closing Arguments, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN IN THE WOODS by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"This fondness for their foibles deteriorates, out of habit, into teddy-bear fables about pain."
Unlike novelists who use the short-story as a sketchpad for longer works, or as a completely different formal challenge, Busch tends to freeze-dry his novels into stories' smaller spaces, keeping the same domestic point of view and eschewing too-sharp drama. Read full book review >

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GIRLS by Frederick Busch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1997

"An impressive demonstration of Busch's continuing mastery of realistic narrative."
A complex and disturbing vision of the world as a place filled with danger powers this fascinating novel, another blistering drama of family relations from one of our most productive and passionately serious writers. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Writing and reading are reunited by an author who, in these essays, shows himself to be a sharp reader, too."
A prolific author's animated ruminations on the risks and rewards of writing. Read full book review >

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THE LYRICIST by P. F. Busch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2010

"A callow but diverting piece of fluff."
An ardent hunk pursues a skittish news-diva across three continents in this frothy romance. Read full book review >