Search Results: "Stephen Amidon"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"An enjoyable celebration of the collaboration of visionaries."
Novelist Stephen Amidon (Security, 2009, etc.) and his brother, cardiologist Thomas Amidon, examine the "different ways that we have thought about the heart ever since it first took root in the Western imagination." Read full book review >

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SECURITY by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Amidon's strength, a gritty realism, is sacrificed to a never-believable morality tale about the power of money to corrupt."
In Amidon's sixth novel (Human Capital, 2004, etc.), various story lines converge to yield a small-town melodrama. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 2012

"A cultural history of sports that says as much about all of us as it does about athletes."
A brief but enlightening history of the athlete as a cultural icon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEW CITY by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2000

"But Amidon's thriller will hold readers in its grip straight through to the powerful final page—and ought to make a crackerjack movie or miniseries too."
This ambitious, tightly plotted urban melodrama—a bold entry into Richard Price territory—is a real surprise, coming from the former American expatriate and author of such terse, claustrophobic novels as Thirst (1993) and The Primitive (1995). Read full book review >

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THRIST by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1993

"The best writing here is about alcoholism; once Amidon's plotting becomes as effective as his taut style, he may write a novel of real power."
A second novel (though first to be published in the US) from expatriot American writer Amidon combines a story of alcoholism and the family with a suspenser involving business chicanery and Native Americans. Read full book review >

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HUMAN CAPITAL by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Richly complex and genuinely tragic, painfully cognizant of the lethal interaction among human weakness, skewed societal values, and the random blows of fate."
Working in the towering tradition of Dreiser, Amidon (The New City, 2000, etc.) insightfully examines financial maneuvers that lead to personal catastrophe for three families in a Connecticut suburb. Read full book review >

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THE REAL JUSTINE by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"While there are a few genuine surprises along the way, most of Amidon's (Security, 2009, etc.) twists are telegraphed so far in advance that it's a wonder the characters don't see them coming."
A few nights of passion ignite a man's obsession for a mysterious woman in this tale of uncertain identities. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN FAIR by Tim Wynne-Jones
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An intense study in friendship and troubled family relations, in which the steadiest characters are the teenagers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Recurrent nightmares and a strong feeling that his mother is hiding something haunt a teenager in this ethereal novel from Wynne-Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Mark Sufrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An intelligent, beautifully written portrait of ``the first great pyro-technician of the novel, [who] probably wrote more trash than any other serious novelist of his time'' (Alfred Kazin): a strait-laced Methodist minister's rebellious son, who died in 1900, at 28, after a remarkably eventful life. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Paul Sorrentino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"Sorrentino's authoritative and sympathetic portrait revives a 'bohemian rebel' and prolific, groundbreaking writer."
Thoroughly researched biography of Stephen Crane (1871-1900), who shocked his contemporaries with raw, gritty fiction. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SONDHEIM by Meryle Secrest
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1998

"Some genuine insights into one of our living masters, but a disappointingly disorganized work with a surfeit of dollar-book Freud and Jung. (95 photos, not seen) (Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Veteran biographer Secrest moves, logically, from Leonard Bernstein (1994) to one of his collaborators and friends—and one of the undoubted giants of the American theater—Stephen Sondheim. Read full book review >