Search Results: "Randall Packer"


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Released: April 1, 2001

"An unusual exploration of a quiet revolution that changed the world."
A comprehensive and ambitious anthology chronicling the history of "the multimedia revolution." Read full book review >

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CENTRAL SQUARE by George Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Packer's genuine artistry is most evident in his bringing characters to life; his ability to animate political issues, though, is less compelling."
Evocative rendering of life in a Boston community, although contemporary themes—race, poverty, class—become the tail of —issues— wagging the dog of character and plot. Read full book review >

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FLAGS OF CONVENIENCE by Bernard Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Philosophy, economics, history, social commentary—all are tucked in, pleasantly disguised as style."
Intelligence, cynicism, leadership, and a passion for an exceptionally healthy widow link opposing officers in a coup-ridden Latin American country. Read full book review >

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MENDOCINO by Ann Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Still, often arresting, in spite of the bland surroundings."
Packer's debut collection of ten stories previously published in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Prize Stories 1992: The O. Henry Awards, etc., reveals a sharp eye for the myriad ways humans deceive themselves, though her humor can be smothered by her 30- ish, middle-class protagonists' very prosaic lives. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A salient example of brave, inspired narrative journalism."
Collection of learned, poignant essays chronicling global political and cultural tumult between 9/11 and the 2008 presidential election. Read full book review >

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THE UNWINDING by George Packer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 21, 2013

"Exemplary journalism that defines a sobering, even depressing matter. A foundational document in the literature of the end of America—the end, that is, for the moment."
New Yorker writer Packer (Interesting Times: Writing from a Turbulent Decade, 2009, etc.) ranges across the country to chronicle the time when "the coil that held Americans together in its secure and sometimes stifling grip first gave way." Read full book review >

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INTO AFRICA by Craig Packer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"For both the general science reader and the armchair traveler, an informative and exciting safari. (13 color photos and 4 maps, not seen)"
Everything you wanted to know about the social behavior of lions, primates, naked mole rats, and more, in this engrossing East African saga by a noted field biologist. Read full book review >

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SWIM BACK TO ME by Ann Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2011

"Touching, tender and true—short fiction nearly as rich and satisfying as Packer's two fine novels (Songs Without Words, 2007, etc.)."
A novella and five stories limn with acuity and empathy the intricate negotiations and painful losses of family life. Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSINS’ GATE by George Packer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"As memorable as Michael Herr's Dispatches, and of surpassing immediacy."
"Iraq," observes New Yorker staff writer Packer (Blood of the Liberals, 2000, etc.), "is the Rashomon of wars." Read full book review >

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TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Tina Packer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Prefaced by a lively account of Shakespeare's career, theater, and big themes, these frank, witty, sad, melodramatic, heartrending versions effectively capture the originals' timeless art—and heart. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Featuring inviting design, near-transparent prose, and an all-star cast of illustrators, this collection of retold Shakespearean stories should become a front runner in a decidedly crowded field. Read full book review >

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THE RESTORATION OF OTTO LAIRD by Nigel Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A sympathetic story unevenly told."
When an aging architect, once a genius in his field, travels back to London in an effort to save one of his 1960s apartment buildings from demolition, he's in for an overdue emotional makeover. Read full book review >

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THE HALF MAN by George Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Striking depiction of an impoverished Asian country caught up in a post-cold war revolutionary struggle—but excessive philosophizing chips away at credibility and readability."
Young American journalist loses his humanistic illusions in a small, revolution-torn Third World country situated off the coast of Asia. Read full book review >