Search Results: "Robert Olmstead"


BOOK REVIEW

SAVAGE COUNTRY by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Another gorgeous, brutal masterpiece from a great American writer."
Hunting the last of the buffalo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COAL BLACK HORSE by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2007

"Powerful and poetic."
The Civil War turns a boy into a man in Olmstead's latest novel (after Stay Here with Me, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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RIVER DOGS by Robert Olmstead
Released: April 3, 1987

"In all, some genuine energies (and occasional beauties) pushing their way through much that's standard."
Hard-boiled stories about the working class in rural New England that consist about half of standard tropes in the current let's-be-laconic genre and about half of a native energy that pulls them on. Read full book review >

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STAY HERE WITH ME by Robert Olmstead
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Written with great-hearted love and compassion in a language full of human longing and frailty, this is a book for anyone who was once young."
With a simplicity of language belying a deeply rich and subtle imagery, novelist Olmstead (American by Land, 1993, etc.) produces a variegated narrative, dreamlike in its reflection of passing youth yet rooted in the earthy prose of farm life, and always achingly hued by an 18-year-old's nascent awareness of mortality. Read full book review >

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Released: June 25, 1990

"A deeply unsatisfying work."
Olmstead returns to rural New England (territory familiar from his 88 Soft Water) for his second novel: a dispiriting mishmash of domestic trivia, male-bonding rituals, and backwoods black comedy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAR BRIGHT STAR by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2009

"Brutal, tender and magnificent."
A veteran soldier battles for survival in another meditative, beautifully written novel from Olmstead (Coal Black Horse, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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AMERICA BY LAND by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Very fine and real: a moving portrait of the heart's own sojourn."
Olmstead strikes out for parts unknown in his third novel: a road story that carries us deep into the American Southwest and far beyond the velleities of his previous work (A Trail of Heart's Blood Wherever We Go, 1990; Soft Water, 1988). Read full book review >

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SOFT WATER by Robert Olmstead
Released: March 12, 1988

"Half and half: crisply observed set-pieces robustly written, the whole placed into an ambience of made-for-TV soap."
Olmstead's first novel is a drawn out melodrama of love and underworld murder in rural New England. Read full book review >

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THE COLDEST NIGHT by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2012

"An exceptionally fine study of love, war and the double-edged role of memory, which can both sustain and destroy. Prize-winning material."
It's extremes that rivet us in Olmstead's searing seventh novel: the heaven of first love; the hell of the battlefield. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR READS IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"One romping celebration of boyhood to read again and again. (Picture book. 3-8)"
"What are little boys made of?" In Neubecker's hands, the answer is a whole lot of fun! Read full book review >

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WOW!  OCEAN! by Robert Neubecker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2011

"This ideal post-aquarium-visit souvenir has similar child appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The excitement of the ocean world from the beach to the deep and all between is conveyed by the jam-packed illustrations in this celebration. Read full book review >