Search Results: "Sam Pickering"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE CATERPILLAR by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 1997

"His writing is not only a delight, it's also inviting: Flip open to any page and enter the flow."
More essays—clever, observant, sidelong—chronicling the quotidian from Pickering (Trespassing, 1994, etc.). ``I root about in the good muck of daily life,'' confesses Pickering (Literature/Univ. of Connecticut), foraging in wood and field and coffee shop ``in hopes of harvesting a sense of season.'' He's a down-home essayist, opting for celebrating skunk cabbage over lady's slipper, mosquitoes over scarlet tanagers. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE FLING by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Like good sipping whiskey, each administration of Pickering triggers a small, worthy revelation."
Essayist Pickering's (Deprived of Happiness, 1998, etc.) world is willfully circumscribed, mostly his family and friends (real and unreal) and the immediate landscape and what came in that day's mail, but he knows just how to coax from the ordinary the kind of sustained nourishment that imbues life with significance. Read full book review >

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DEPRIVED OF UNHAPPINESS by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"These are all stories of the commonplace, but in Pickering's hands they rise like yeast, a chemistry of clever writing that teases oblique pleasure from the mundane."
More fine brushes with the rank and splendor of everyday life from Pickering (The Blue Caterpillar, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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TRESPASSING by Sam Pickering
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 20, 1994

"The jokes are often outrageously corny, the whimsy strained, but they're all part of the delight Pickering so palpably creates in this endearing celebration of the ordinary, the profound, and, most of all, the absurd."
From Pickering—English professor (Univ. of Connecticut) and reluctant inspiration for the movie Dead Poets Society—more essays that distill from life's accumulated clutter the small telling details that amuse, illuminate, and often lyrically celebrate. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO A TEACHER by Sam Pickering
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A talented teacher tells all—though not every impression we leave class with may have been in the lesson plan."
An eclectic, uneven collection of ten essays recast as letters addressed to veteran and beginning teachers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM SHEPARD by John J. Winters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thorough, admiring work that is nonetheless honest about what the author views as Shepard's late-career decline."
A journalist who has devoted years to Shepard's life and works debuts with a comprehensive account of the life of the prolific playwright, poet, fiction writer, musician, and more. Read full book review >

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SNEAKY SAM by Josh Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"Keep an eye on this kid; one can only hope he'll sneak his way into another story or two. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A brief but endearing tale about a mischievous little boy. Read full book review >

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JACKHAMMER SAM by Peter Mandel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"An endearing ode to an oft-grumbled-about profession. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"ATTA-RATTA-BATTA-BLAM." Read full book review >

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SUPER SAM! by Lori Ries
by Lori Ries, illustrated by Sue Ramá
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Imaginative and fun, Sam's antics will amuse and possibly inspire young listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Brief text and bright, bouncy illustrations combine to create an appealing, if slight, story. Read full book review >

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FIDDLIN' SAM by Marianna Dengler
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

"Gerig's watercolors deliver the scenic beauty of the region and carry their own version of a familial tribute. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a family memoir of the most affecting kind, readers are invited to a long-ago time in the Ozark Mountains and the story of a musician who owned "the clothes on his back and a fine old lionhead fiddle." Read full book review >

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ZOOMAN SAM by Lois Lowry
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Fans of the Sam books may find satisfaction in the nicely foreshadowed but still unanticipated punch line. (Fiction. 7-12)"
For "Future Job Day" at Sam Krupnik's nursery school, the four-year-olds have been instructed to dress up as representatives of their desired profession. Read full book review >

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SAM SORTS by Marthe Jocelyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A deceptively simple, joyous introduction to set theory, with lots of other concept practice as a bonus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sam's got a mess, but he knows how to have fun cleaning it up: sorting it! Read full book review >