Search Results: "Stuart Dybek"


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I SAILED WITH MAGELLAN by Stuart Dybek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Dybek has become his generation's Nelson Algren. That's no small achievement."
A crowded, episodic novel-in-stories portrays life in a multiethnic midwestern urban enclave pretty much as did Dybek's memorable story collections (The Coast of Chicago, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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ECSTATIC CAHOOTS by Stuart Dybek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"Dybek is especially a master of the ways in which lovers, creating a kind of privacy in public, feel that they are, in a title phrase he borrows from The Great Gatsby, in 'ecstatic cahoots'—both with each other and, fleetingly, with the world in which they roam, a world that can seem in such moments as if it were built only for them."
Sure, this new collection of brief fiction by MacArthur Fellow and writer's writer Dybek is a miscellany, a grab bag. Read full book review >

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PAPER LANTERN by Stuart Dybek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"A very fine book from a gifted practitioner of the short story form."
The nine stories gathered here have appeared, scattered across two decades, in the most prestigious American outlets for short fiction; they make for a remarkably unified and consistent collection. Read full book review >

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WHEN CAPTAIN FLINT WAS STILL A GOOD MAN by Nick Dybek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2012

"No Deadliest Catch, but rather literary fiction as morality play."
In Dybek's debut novel, Cal Bollings makes a choice, and beyond wisdom and morality, he chooses loyalty. Read full book review >

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POACHED by Stuart Gibbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"This thrill-ride of a mystery is chock-full of hijinks for middle-grade sleuths and budding zoologists alike. (Mystery. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Belly Up (2010), 12-year-old trouble-magnet Teddy is still living at FunJungle, a massive zoo and amusement park, with his primatologist mother and wildlife photographer father. Read full book review >

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MY BRILLIANT IDEA (AND HOW IT CAUSED MY DOWNFALL) by Stuart David
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2016

"Funny but fluffy, this is an engaging diversion, if not a particularly memorable one. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Jack schemes to win the help of a classmate who distrusts him in this first offering for teens from Scottish musician and author David. Read full book review >

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THE SNOW FALCON by Stuart Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 1999

"The prose isn—t especially objectionable, but Harrison's promise is dimmed by such an uninventive debut—though probably not his sales potential."
Broken people with troubled pasts but good hearts, along with a crippled animal rescued from a cruel hunter, bring about romance, emotional health, and happy endings for all (including the bird)—in a long, limp, unimaginative first novel set in the Canadian Northwest. Read full book review >

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DEAD BY ANY OTHER NAME by Sebastian Stuart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The mystery and its solution, sketched out rather than worked out, are mainly a pretext for introducing you to some amiable misfits, some exotic pets and Janet's supremely gossipy narration."
A dead singer/songwriter looking for a comeback is at the center of this second case for a Hudson Valley psychotherapist-turned-antiques dealer and her big, happy, dysfunctional, non-biological family. Read full book review >

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RECKLESS ABANDON by Stuart Woods
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 12, 2004

"A skeletal thriller, evidently written on the back of a series of cocktail napkins, that's most notable, like Woods's other recent novels, as a pretext for bringing his stable of stock heroes and villains into different permutations with nary a new idea in sight."
Now that Stone Barrington, on a Florida trip, has helped nail the guy who killed Holly Barker's fiancé (Orchid Blues, 2001), Orchid Beach police chief Holly comes to the Big Apple to involve him in her hunt for a mobbed-up fugitive from her brand of justice. Read full book review >

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HILDEGARDE WITHERS by Stuart Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2002

"Even so, Hildegarde's cases are remarkably fresh, generously clued, and full of sharply rendered settings and inventive touches contemporary riddlers could study with profit."
In between the 1931 debut of vinegary schoolmarm sleuth Hildegarde Withers and her Hollywood portrayal by Edna May Oliver, Palmer (1905-68) starred her in a cycle of short stories in Mystery magazine. Read full book review >