Search Results: "Shelby Foote"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CORRESPONDENCE OF SHELBY FOOTE AND WALKER PERCY by Jay Tolson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Despite shortcomings in the editorial packaging, the letters provide a fascinating window into a lifelong friendship and the writing life."
Tolson marshals a more comprehensive selection of the 1948-90 correspondence excerpted in his Percy biography, Pilgrim in the Ruins (1992). Read full book review >

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SHELBY by Pete McCormack
Released: June 1, 1994

"McCormack's philosophical stance is refreshing; one hopes he will continue honing his craft."
A genuine, sometimes harrowing coming-of-age saga by a young Canadian writer. Read full book review >

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SEPTEMBER, SEPTEMBER by Shelby Foote
Released: Feb. 1, 1977

"When Foote's own generally lean and direct narration is in charge of the action and the solid Memphis atmosphere, September works as a straightforwardly effective slice-of-crime; in trying to beef it into more—with the Little Rock headlines, the sentimental psychology, the overemphatic sex—he blunts the suspense and exposes a host of old-fashioned novelist seams."
Twenty-five years after Shiloh, historian Foote (The Civil War: A Narrative) returns to Southern fiction and to his multiple-viewpoint narrative technique, here applied—with mixed results—to a kidnapping in Memphis, September 1957. Read full book review >

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TOURNAMENT by Shelby Foote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1949

"For the specialized not the popular market."
The rise and fall of Hugh Bart of the Mississippi Delta, this is a life portrait of a man to whom success came smoothly, quickly, though without bringing happiness. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 12, 1974

"As an addition to the standard works, this can be recommended above all for its gauge of subjective elements."
The last year of the war, written as a sensitive and well-trained observer on either side would have recorded it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 1958

"This first volume, ending as it does shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation, leaves the reader aware that while history writes the South's defeat, the first two years wrote a balance of victory — with the writing on the wall only faintly decipherable."
The first of three volumes- and this one five years in the writing- this bids fair to be a definitive history within the limitations. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 18, 1963

"The telling is through the lives and actions of the people involved."
Received too late for review, this second volume of Shelby Foote's ambitious history of the Civil War rendered in narrative form covers the period from Fredericksburg to Meridian, including the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Chattanooga. Read full book review >

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LOVE IN A DRY SEASON by Shelby Foote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 1951

"I found it left a bad taste in my mouth."
Dirty and dull- but shrewdly contrived and skillfully executed so that- while you loathe practically every character in the book, you believe in them. Read full book review >

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HORTON FOOTE by Wilborn Hampton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"More reverential than critical."
Fawning biography of playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote (1916-2009). Read full book review >

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THE GREAT SHELBY HOLMES by Elizabeth Eulberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A smart, fresh take on an old favorite makes for a terrific series kickoff. (Mystery. 9-11)"
A modern Sherlock Holmes retelling brings an 11-year-old black John Watson into the sphere of know-it-all 9-year-old white detective Shelby Holmes. Read full book review >

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OWEN FOOTE, SOCCER STAR by Stephanie Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1998

"With realistic black-and-white drawings to capture some of the action, this is a lightweight, neatly wrapped package of uplift. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A second grader sees adults making mistakes, and helps one grown-up get it right in this predictable empowerment story, a sequel to Owen Foote, Second Grade Strongman (1996). Read full book review >

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OWEN FOOTE, SUPER SPY by Stephanie Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"A lighthearted spirit and smart dialogue will keep young readers chanting for more of this funny fellow, even if they do end up wearing underwear on their heads. (Fiction. 7-10)"
If wearing handmade camouflage underwear on your head makes you a great spy, then Owen Foote might just be the next 007, but Owen and his friends discover that maybe there is such as thing as knowing too much. Read full book review >