Search Results: "Tom De Haven"


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DERBY DUGAN'S DEPRESSION FUNNIES by Tom De Haven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 1996

"Not nearly as much fun as it promised to be, and should have been. (First printing of 25,000; $30,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A good-natured romp through the New York newspaper world of the 1930s, by the whimsical author of such unconventional comic fiction as Freaks' Amour (1979)—and a previous novel about the joys and sorrows of the cartoonist's life, Funny Papers (1985). Read full book review >

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Released: July 26, 1991

"There's little intellectual depth here, then, but the exuberance, good humor, and technical skill make this an interesting and intelligent diversion."
De Haven continues his Chronicles of the King's Tramp series. Read full book review >

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DUGAN UNDER GROUND by Tom De Haven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"A shame, too, since Dugan Under Ground positively rattles with energy, invention, and roughhouse wit. It's chaotic—and quite wonderful."
The enigmatic life of a renegade cartoonist is and isn't revealed by the testimony of those who knew, loved, and hated him: a fascinating, frustrating partial sequel to De Haven's Funny Papers (1985) and Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies (1996). Read full book review >

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IT’S SUPERMAN! by Tom De Haven
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Comic noir with a super-keen edge, in De Haven's best book yet."
The formative years of the Man of Steel, in a rib-tickling melodrama set in Depression-era America. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN'S TENT by Tom De Haven
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Bing's few black-and-white illustrations add a sense of menace to the story, an incredible and entertaining adventure that never falters in its realistic portrayal of young people, with all their flaws and strengths in focus. (Fiction. 12+)"
De Haven (for adults, Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies, p. 549, etc.) makes a quirky gang of New Jersey rock and rollers the unlikely heroes of this hilarious adventure. Read full book review >

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SOLDIER OF LIGHT by John De Lancie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Astonishingly inventive, brimming with dazzling concepts—but, sadly, without plot and propellant."
Transcendental SF from actor De Lancie (Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation, etc.) and ex-Navy Panama resident Cool (Secret Realms, 1998). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2001

"Not the weightiest of tomes, but quite delightful and very amusing."
Fresh and funny memoirs of a childhood in America's heartland, written by one who was born there in 1965 and can still remember the way a child experienced it. Read full book review >

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THE SOLACE OF LEAVING EARLY by Haven Kimmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

Several quests for religious certainty and personal fulfillment intersect melodramatically in this overwrought debut novel from the Indiana author of the memoir A Girl Named Zippy (2001). Read full book review >

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SOMETHING RISING (LIGHT AND SWIFT) by Haven Kimmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"A bit too lugubrious for an elegy, a bit too lighthearted for a caper: still, a serviceable account of a young woman finding her own way in a twilit world of regret and loss."
Second-novelist Kimmel (The Solace of Leaving Early, 2002, etc.) describes a young pool hustler's coming of age in rural 1980s Indiana. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"Fans will find this go-round less zippy (forgive the pun), but more honest."
In Kimmel's follow-up to her well-received memoir about growing up in a tiny Indiana town (A Girl Named Zippy, 2001), the "She" of the title is Kimmel's mother, whose mid-life decision to attend college in the early 1970s disrupted her family's equilibrium. Read full book review >

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THE USED WORLD by Haven Kimmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Although Kimmel can write with real charm, the characters feel manufactured in this overly schematic plot."
Kimmel returns to the rural, small-town Indiana landscape of her memoirs (She Got Up Off the Couch, 2006, etc.) and her first novel (The Solace of Leaving Early, 2002), as well as to some favorite themes—beloved mothers; absent fathers; and what it means to be a Christian today. Read full book review >

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IODINE by Haven Kimmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Overwritten, lugubrious and self-consciously oblique."
Kimmel (The Used World, 2007, etc.) tells the story of an unbalanced Indiana college girl who may have been abused in childhood. Read full book review >