Search Results: "Theodore Dreiser"


BOOK REVIEW

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2003

"It's America's Crime and Punishment."
A new edition of Dreiser's massive 1925 masterpiece, a thrillingly detailed social panorama onto which a vivid, sobering tale of ambition and murder and their consequences is painstakingly grafted. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LORD OF THE KILL by Theodore Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Taylor's cause is a worthy one, but the perfunctory story onto which he loads it is a nonstarter. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Light on plot, heavy on agenda, this sequel to The Sniper (1989) belabors readers with the author's outrage over the illicit use of rare or exotic animals in "canned" hunts and Asian medicine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TO KILL THE LEOPARD by Theodore Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"You really are there."
Realistic submarine suspense, set in WW II, by Taylor (Monocolo, 1989; The Stalker, 1987), who's also written a number of YA novels (The Weirdo, The Cay, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SAILOR RETURNS by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fine reading for middle graders. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Taylor (The Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown, 1998, etc.) returns with a touching novel about the endurance and power of family ties. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIMOTHY OF THE CAY by Theodore Taylor
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A journey well worth taking. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Cay (the award-winning 1969 novel about racial prejudice in the 1940s) is the unseen vessel in the middle of a ``prequel/sequel'' in which Taylor explores both the black man Timothy's life as it leads up to the wreck of the Hato in the Caribbean during WW II and 12-year-old Phillip Enright's journey back to civilization after his rescue from the island. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A useful contemporary meditation on timeless truths."
Good advice on marriage, finances and even weight loss is gleaned from the biblical book of Proverbs in this engaging Christian self-helper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOVEMBERFEST by Theodore Weesner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 1994

"Not for the attention-span-impaired, this leisurely, subtle fiction of the highest craftsmanship deserves to be lingered over and savored."
A delicately moving story of a middle-aged man's search for meaning by the accomplished Weesner (Winning the City, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SELECTED STORIES by Theodore Sturgeon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"No longer controversial, perhaps, but richly crafted and timelessly affecting."
A dozen stories from Sturgeon (1918-85; Godbody, 1986, etc), who published nearly all of his famous stories in a 20-year period from the mid-1940s—and who thereafter was silent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"But while Vrettos has a remarkable story to tell, he does not entirely unearth its characters' odd lives and complex motives. (16 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Less concerned with ethics than with narrative, novelist Vrettos (Lord Elgin's Lady, 1982, etc.) chronicles the odyssey of the so-called Elgin Marbles from Athens to London against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A skillfully told, first-rate examination of the economic and political circumstances that made the American Revolution unavoidable."
In a compellingly argued review of events leading to the 1775 clash at Lexington and Concord, historian Draper (A Very Thin Line, 1991, etc.) contends that the American Revolution was not an ideological battle between democracy and monarchy; it was rather a pure struggle for power on the part of colonies that had experienced a significant but incomplete degree of economic and political self-determination. Read full book review >