Search Results: "Randy Fertel"


BOOK REVIEW

A TASTE FOR CHAOS by Randy Fertel
NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2015

"A smart blend of psychology, philosophy and literary history, well-written if sometimes obscure; of broad interest to students of contemporary literary theory."
An inquisitive examination of the impulse that yields literary improvisation—which is to say, literature itself. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2011

"An uneven but zesty chronicle—worth a look for food historians."
New Orleans forms the richly atmospheric backdrop for a determined, eccentric family who found success in the steakhouse business. Read full book review >

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RANDY THE DAYDREAMING DOG by Jan Graveline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"A perfect choice for those who value weak potty humor, a hollow story and uninspiring animation and interaction. Others would do well to set their alarms before this dream takes shape. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
After his master leaves for work, a dog passes the time by daydreaming. Read full book review >

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RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A cunning twist on the heroic home run that wins the game. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Randy's first and only home run saves his town from disaster. Read full book review >

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THE ONE TRUE BARBECUE by Rien Fertel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fertel is well-aware that the ground he covers isn't entirely new, but food fans and lovers of Americana alike will go whole hog for this loving paean to a distinct tradition."
Fertel (Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, 2014, etc.) mines the small towns of Tennessee and the Carolinas in search of the pinnacle of Southern cuisine: whole hog barbecue. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

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GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

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ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >

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LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >

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HAIL OF FIRE by Randy Fritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"The memoir is uneven, but the author admirably hopes to help others who would benefit from therapy but might consider it a sign of weakness."
A memoir of a man devastated by the loss of his home in a forest fire and the therapy that helped him recover. Read full book review >

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RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS by Randy Boyagoda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A useful, provocative spotlight on one of the leading lights of the 20th century."
The many sides of Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009). Read full book review >