Search Results: "Richard Selzer"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"For the most part: an unsentimental, often funny account of life on the verge of death."
The near-fatal illness of surgeon-turned-writer Selzer (Down From Troy, 1992; etc.), told with his usual precision and grit. Read full book review >

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DOWN FROM TROY by Richard Selzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 23, 1992

"A marvel as Selzer gives every pain its name—though his nonreading mother called his books all lies."
Superbly skilled writer/surgeon Selzer (Imagine a Woman, 1990, etc.) cracks open his psyche's sternum, showing us his heart repairs, then goes about sewing up the wounds while they are still dotted with blood. Read full book review >

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THE DOCTOR STORIES by Richard Selzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1998

"A useful introduction to a distinctive body of work. (Author tour)"
A sampling of the writer/surgeon's short fiction, 25 tales drawn from four volumes (Imagine a Woman, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE SOUL by Richard Selzer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2001

"Nonetheless, a passionate, unsentimental celebration of life's messiness, whether on an operating table or at a dining table."
In this eloquent collection of essays, five new, the rest previously published, writer/surgeon Selzer (Raising the Dead, 1994) explores spirit and substance, flesh and feeling, pain and epiphany. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"Pervasive strong language and subject matter bump up the target audience, but there's definite appeal in the 'kid-wins-over-teacher' plot and some real laughs along the way to victory. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Eighth-grader Leon Noside Harris is in the "gifted pool" at school. Read full book review >

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JUST KILL ME by Adam Selzer
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Fascinating history, witty Disney references, and a dash of homicide; what more could anyone want? (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In his latest novel, Selzer (Play Me Backwards, 2014, etc.) brings together ghost tours, the Oxford English Dictionary, and the pitfalls of online dating in a darkly humorous collision. Read full book review >

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PLAY ME BACKWARDS by Adam Selzer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Surprisingly heartfelt. (Fiction. 14-16)"
In his final year of high school, Leon must choose between maintaining his comfortable existence or blowing it all up to chase something greater. Read full book review >

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I PUT A SPELL ON YOU by Adam Selzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Dedicated to Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Mark Felt, Chrissie's fellows in investigative reporting. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Alternating voices relate this farcical mystery. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Dec. 22, 2009

"They just won't know if the Smart Alecks have been as wrong about lots of stuff as the teachers and historians they disparage, as they are far too cool to include anything like, say, a bibliography. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Written by "a bunch of comedians who snuck into being historians through the back door," this irreverent guide to American history takes readers from the earliest days of settlement to the presidency of Barack Obama. Read full book review >

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H.H. HOLMES by Adam Selzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A passion for Holmes lore will lead to appreciation for the depth of background and lesser criminal exploits described in great detail, but the audience will remain limited."
An attempt to unmask an infamous mass murderer. Read full book review >

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PIRATES OF THE RETAIL WASTELAND by Adam Selzer
FICTION
Released: April 8, 2008

"Float it toward tweener sitcom fans. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Looking for fresh triumphs in the wake of the brouhaha caused by his avant-garde sex-ed film in How to Get Suspended and Influence People (2007), geeky eighth-grader Leon joins the rest of his Gifted Pool cronies in filming a semi-mock takeover of the local Starbucks clone, Wackfords. Read full book review >

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I KISSED A ZOMBIE, AND I LIKED IT by Adam Selzer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"Hilarious. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Ever since the post-humans (werewolves, vampires and zombies) revealed themselves to humans, high school for Alley has been a real drag. Read full book review >