Search Results: "Steve Almond"


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AGAINST FOOTBALL by Steve Almond
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Comic, compassionate and thought-provoking."
A provocative, thoughtful examination of an "astonishingly brutal" sport. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2006

"Keen insights into sex, love and coming to terms with one's own unruly imperfections. A winner."
Thirtysomethings meet, don't quite couple, then retreat into a steamy, increasingly revealing correspondence in this quirky epistolary novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2004

"Sweet, never sickly—and quite informative."
Almond, a self-diagnosed "candyfreak," details with mouthwatering descriptions his visits to the minor league of candy makers who continue to churn out their distinctive products. Read full book review >

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THE EVIL B.B. CHOW by Steve Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2005

"A distractingly entertaining second collection, nimbly executed."
Weird boyfriends, bad novels, sexually perverse collegiates. Read full book review >

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(NOT THAT YOU ASKED) by Steve Almond
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Biting humor, honesty, smarts and heart: Vonnegut himself would have been proud."
What do Joyce Carol Oates, snotty bloggers, right-wing radio freaks and a VH-1 reality show have in common? They all get on this author's nerves—and thank goodness. Read full book review >

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GOD BLESS AMERICA by Steve Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Almond's stories range from the hilarious to the poignant—and he's able to strike almost every note in between."
Quirky, beautifully crafted short stories. Read full book review >

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MY LIFE IN HEAVY METAL by Steve Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Love, or at least sex, everywhere in dirty brilliances that are set amid merely lewd victories."
Fourteen delightful debut stories more often than not about man's powerlessness in the face of feminine beauty. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE TALE OF THE MONSTER BILLY DEAN by David Almond
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Dark, unsettling and fluid as water, Almond's suspenseful tour de force considers the cycle of life, themes of war, God and godlessness, and, as ever, 'How all things flow into each other.' (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Billy Dean is the forbidden child of a priest and a hairdresser, born in the English village of Blinkbonny on a day of terrible destruction and locked away for all his 13 years. Read full book review >

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HEAVEN EYES by David Almond
ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 2001

"Not as elaborately layered as Kit's Wilderness (2000), the winner of the 2001 Printz Award, but brilliant in its technical control of setting, theme, and plot. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Almond's fans will willingly follow him on yet another journey into a surreal, murky world that may be dream or reality. Read full book review >

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KATE, THE CAT, AND THE MOON by David Almond
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"One hopes that Almond will do more picture books with less grounded illustrations that let his odd spiritual tone show through; this one, meanwhile, is a lovely and safe adventure. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a delightful middle-of-the-night flight of freedom, Kate wakes up to a "Meow" and moonlight shining on her face. Read full book review >

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THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"The award-winning Almond poetically plumbs the depths of his 1950s and '60s childhood to explore themes of violence, war, God, creativity, beauty, death, art, the soul, our animal selves, whether we ever grow up or can really know each other…in short, life. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Dominic Hall is "a caulker's son, a tank cleaner's grandson" in the river town of Tyneside in northern England…but the boy dreams of writing. Read full book review >

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CLICK by David Almond
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"While some readers may find the narrative jumps too challenging, those who follow the multi-strand plot will be rewarded with a thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging read. (brief author biographies, notes on Amnesty International) (Fiction. 12-15)"
The work and travels of a talented photographer lie at the heart of this far-flung tale. Read full book review >