Search Results: "Sam Shepard"


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CRUISING PARADISE by Sam Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 1996

"Even if he weren't a major playwright, Shepard would merit attention for this powerful prose fiction."
Playwright and actor Shepard's (Motel Chronicles, 1983, etc.) first fiction explores many of the same themes as his best plays: the relations of fathers and sons, the transition to manhood, the lure of the open road, the endless skies out west, loneliness, and the silences that punctuate everyday life. Read full book review >

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DAY OUT OF DAYS by Sam Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2010

"Echoes and resonances across the selections intensify the cumulative impact."
A table of contents listing 133 (count 'em) entries may tempt readers to dismiss this new collection from Shepard (Great Dream of Heaven, 2002, etc.) as a literary grab bag; they will be richly surprised by its thematic depth and coherence. Read full book review >

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GREAT DREAM OF HEAVEN by Sam Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"Varied and risky, with brilliances and blunders on an occasional basis."
Seventeen stories—some of them false starts, some disguised plays, some genuinely elegant pieces—from the veteran playwright, actor, and Pulitzer-winner. Read full book review >

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THE ONE INSIDE by Sam Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Cheerless but atmospheric and precisely observed, very much of a piece with Shepard's other work."
An elegiac amble through blowing dust and greasy spoons, the soundtrack the whine of truck engines and the howl of coyotes. Read full book review >

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TWO PROSPECTORS by Chad Hammett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A bright pathway directly into the hearts and minds of two compelling men."
A decadeslong friendship between the writer and his former father-in-law, revealed in a collection of letters, notes and transcripts. Read full book review >

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ELVIS HORNBILL, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BIRD by Steve Shepard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1991

A role-reversal for the 90's: the narrator and his wife, Americans living in Africa, adopt a hornbill and name him Elvis, hoping he'll become a rock star. Read full book review >

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YOU THINK THAT'S BAD by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2011

"The narrator of one story in this collection writes that, when the weather rages, communication is 'reduced to hand signals with mittens.' Some of this writing feels like that."
A story collection of expansive postmodernism that combines bursts of humor with flashes of tragedy. Read full book review >

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THE CELESTIALS by Karen Shepard
Released: June 11, 2013

"Balancing cultural history with soap opera isn't easy, but Shepard manages to succeed on both counts."
Shepard's (An Empire of Women, 2000, etc.) latest novel is based on a true piece of labor history: In 1870, Calvin Sampson, who owned a shoe factory in North Adams, Mass., broke a strike by importing 75 Chinese immigrants who worked at reduced rates. Read full book review >

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THE PERFECTIONISTS by Sara Shepard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Suspenseful and juicy. (Suspense. 14-18)"
In a gossipy thriller from the creator of Pretty Little Liars, a prank on a powerful and popular boy turns deadly. Read full book review >

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THE AMATEURS by Sara Shepard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A twisty and ultimately satisfying romantic whodunit. (Mystery. 12-18)"
This mystery brings online friends together in their attempt to solve a murder, sparking more than one possible romance. Read full book review >

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THE HEIRESSES by Sara Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Perfect for a light beach read, but anyone in search of witty chick lit, hot romance or taut mystery should look elsewhere."
Five privileged young woman, all heiresses to the Saybrook diamond empire, are blessed with every luxury. But the family curse—or a vindictive villain—may end their lives prematurely. Read full book review >