Search Results: "Russell Banks"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >

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A PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE FAMILY by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Old-fashioned short fiction: honest, probing and moving."
One of America's great novelists (Lost Memory of Skin, 2011, etc.) also writes excellent stories, as his sixth collection reminds readers. Read full book review >

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CLOUDSPLITTER by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Once again, sadly, Banks's reach has exceeded his grasp. ($125,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An inordinately ambitious portrayal of the life and mission of abolitionist John Brown, from the veteran novelist whose previous fictional forays into American history include The New World (1978) and The Relation of My Imprisonment (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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SKINNER'S BANKS by Brad V. Cowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Exciting skating action and easy-to-relate-to issues but too much going on in too little space. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In the second volume of a Canadian trilogy, 12-year-old skateboarder Cale Finch makes a skate video with the Seven Stair Crew, of which he is newly a member. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH BANKS by Patrick O'Brian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An impressive achievement, destined to swell the ranks of O'Brian's already sizable readership."
A finely wrought and fascinating biography from O'Brian, acclaimed author of historical naval adventures (The Truelove, 1992, etc.), who now turns his considerable storytelling talents to the life of Joseph Banks (1743-1820)—explorer, botanist, natural philosopher. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"In Russell's paradox of a life, Monk uncompromisingly, enlighteningly reveals a complex mixture of caddishly cold behavior, profound intellectual passion, and a fierce social conscience. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first volume of Monk's biography cohesively, skeptically analyzes the aristocratic philosopher's mathematically logical intellect, Victorian purposefulness, and Edwardian mores. Read full book review >

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THE DARLING by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Banks never makes it easy, but this is worth reading as a warning to anyone not chary of the children of privilege."
The Pulitzer-nominated author of Cloudsplitter (1998), among others, looks unsparingly at the bitter life of a 1960s revolutionary. Read full book review >

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VOYAGER by Russell Banks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 2015

"Banks' ecological warnings might strike even the most fervent environmentalist as rather apocalyptic, yet in the best of these pieces, his clarity of vision and muscular prose are as transporting as a mountain ascent."
Acclaimed fiction writer Banks (A Permanent Member of the Family, 2013, etc.) turns an able hand to nonfiction in this expansive, elegiac reflection on the pleasures and deceptions of travel. Read full book review >

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THE RESERVE by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Banks is one of America's finest novelists, but this oddly distanced work lacks the passionate personal engagement of a masterpiece like Continental Drift (1985) or the bracing historical revisionism of Cloudsplitter (1998)."
A left-wing artist tangles with a troubled heiress in this characteristically somber, class-conscious novel from Banks (The Darling, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE ANGEL ON THE ROOF by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2000

"One of our best and most ambitious novelists reminds us with this collection just how good his short fiction can be."
Like Banks's many fine novels (Cloudsplitter, 1997, etc.), these short works are generally realistic in style and subject matter, with an occasional fable-inflected exception like "The Fish." Read full book review >

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THE SWEET HEREAFTER by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"Melodrama and populist realism in a Banksian mix that often rings tinny but that's easy reading and may have popular appeal."
Banks returns to the provincial reaches of upper New York State (Affliction, 1989), this time to see how a community tragedy touches the lives of ordinary people. Read full book review >

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RULE OF THE BONE by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"As has often been the case with Banks: ambitious voyaging, but, in spite of its distances, mainly on the surface. (First printing of 100,000; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Banks follows The Sweet Hereafter (1991) with this in-the- hero's-own-words tale of an upstate New York teenager who has trouble aplenty with parents, drugs, and desperados. Read full book review >