Search Results: "Ronald K.L. Collins"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Detailed, objective, and valuable. (b&w photos)"
Lenny Bruce's career was a rhapsody in blue material. His comedy made him a master of free speech; his death sanctified him. Here, two thoughtful lawyers explore in depth some of the comic's tribulations and trials. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"A balanced history—sometimes admiring, sometimes blistering—of the writers who fractured the glass capsule of literary conformity."
The co-authors of The Trials of Lenny Bruce (2002) return with a sharp-edged history of the Beats. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL FROM CHARNELLE by K.L. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2006

"A strong, complex story from a promising new literary voice."
Cook returns to the protagonist of his collection of linked stories, Last Call (2004), to examine how a teenaged girl grows up too quickly. Read full book review >

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LAST CALL by K.L. Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2004

"A family's tragic trajectory viewed through the kaleidoscope of time in stories that make an immensely satisfying whole. Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction."
A remarkably accomplished first collection covers 32 years in the life of a fragmented West Texas family. Read full book review >

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THE LIBERATION OF GABRIEL KING by K.L. Going
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Readers will enjoy following the sometimes-tempestuous friendship of Gabriel and Frita, and they'll be completely absorbed in watching the friends and their community come together to stand up against the evil within. (appendix) (Fiction. 10+)"
It's the summer of 1976 in a small town in Georgia. Read full book review >

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PIECES OF WHY by K.L. Going
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Young readers may not be willing to sing in this hallelujah chorus. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sometimes sugarcoating the truth can leave a bitter taste. Such is the lesson in this middle-grade tale. Read full book review >

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ME, MYSELF AND IKE by K.L.  Denman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Ultimately, Kit makes no decisions that are not the product of his illness—which not only equates the protagonist with his disability but produces a bleak, pointless progression for an initially promising novel. (Fiction. 12-14)"
What begins as compelling mystery degenerates into a tale of mental illness existing only for tragedy. Read full book review >

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FAT KID RULES THE WORLD by K.L. Going
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"The strong language and themes make this a raw, yet immensely likable tale for older teens. (Fiction. YA)"
Curt MacCrae, a semi-homeless, blond ferret of a boy and guitar genius, saves big Troy Billings from leaping to a splattering demise in front of the F train. Read full book review >

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FEVER by Deon Meyer
by Deon Meyer, translated by K.L. Seegers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Despite some gripping moments and a haunting atmosphere, the book often sinks under its own ambitions, with too many weighty themes and parallel stories going on at once."
Best known for his detective thrillers, Meyer (Icarus, 2015, etc.) enters darker territory with this sweeping epic about a young Afrikaner boy's survival in a post-apocalyptic South Africa. Read full book review >

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THE SHAPE OF THE WORLD by K.L. Going
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A lovely introduction to the impact that a creative mind can have on the world. (author's note, illustrator's note, sources, key to works depicted) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
A whimsical look at the life of one of the best-known American architects. Read full book review >

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BUMPETY, DUNKETY, THUMPETY-THUMP! by K.L. Going
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"This winning read-aloud should encourage multiple recitations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A day of blueberry picking and all it entails is experienced in a jaunty, rollicking romp. Read full book review >

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JUST ONE TEAR by K.L. Mahon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Possibly all these things happened to Mahon's real friend; in any case, other young people are sure to recognize her well-realized character's complicated emotions as genuine. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Responding empathetically to a friend's traumatic loss of his father, a 14-year-old Australian girl has recreated his experience as a novel in the form of a diary. Read full book review >