Search Results: "Tom Piazza"


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BLUES UP AND DOWN by Tom Piazza
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"In fact, it is too slight a framework to call a book."
Piazza, whose short-story collection Blues and Trouble (1996) won the Michener Prize, looks again at his favorite music in this collection of occasional pieces. Read full book review >

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TOM by Daniel Torres
by Daniel Torres, translated by Julie Simmons-Lynch, illustrated by Daniel Torres
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Then again, this book is supposed to be about art, so maybe the words don't matter. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first book is a big tribute to New York City and a little satire about the superficiality of the public's taste in art, wrapped in a story about a dinosaur. Read full book review >

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TOM by Lyle Leverich
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Affectionate and affecting, dense with arresting detail, likely to be definitive. (50 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to the New Yorker)"
Artistically and psychologically acute biography of the great American poet-playwright. Read full book review >

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TOM by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"A delightfully offbeat vignette of boyish mischief reinforcing the bond between generations; dePaola's handsomely designed illustrations have unusual warmth here, subtly expressing the characters' affection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another autobiographical story from dePaola, this time about his grandfather, who ingenuously explains that "We're named after each other, Tommy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A grab bag, but a devil of a good one for the most part."
Diverse work about roots and catastrophe by the gifted essayist and novelist. Read full book review >

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CITY OF REFUGE by Tom Piazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2008

"The struggles of the two families depicted are not always well balanced, but Piazza's writing is so fresh and vital readers will feel, all over again, the outrage at the abandonment of this beloved city."
Piazza follows the cultural history of his adopted city (Why New Orleans Matters, 2005, etc.) with this powerfully empathetic second novel about Katrina's impact in 2005. Read full book review >

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MY COLD WAR by Tom Piazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Intelligent, sharply observed, often very funny—the portraits of various trendy academics are a scream—but never gets beyond generic Baby Boomer angst."
Michener Award-winning storywriter author Piazza (Blues and Trouble, 1996) delineates a historian's midlife crisis in his first novel, recipient of the Faulkner Society Medal. Read full book review >

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BLUES AND TROUBLE by Tom Piazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The desire for a brand-new start, the celebration of rootlessness, the coastal drifting: Piazza's American dreaming is lyrical and hard-earned, full of the kind of details and emotional realism that resonate long after you put the book down."
There's nothing arbitrary about Piazza's debut collection of 12 stories, arranged in imitation of a standard 12-bar blues. Read full book review >

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A FREE STATE by Tom Piazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A thoughtful examination of the intertwining of race and culture—as well as a truly scary portrait of a genuine psychopath."
A fugitive slave pursued by a vicious bounty hunter provides the fictional framework for novelist and music writer Piazza (Devil Sent the Rain, 2011, etc.) to ponder the contradictions of blackface minstrelsy. Read full book review >

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A HOUSE ON THE PIAZZA by Kenny Marotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A delight."
Marotta (a Piece of Earth, 1985) links seven stories and a novella to make up his debut collection—Italian diaspora tales that easily transcend their ethnic theme in time and place. Read full book review >

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THE BODY IN THE PIAZZA by Katherine Hall Page
Released: April 30, 2013

"Tuscany food markets, extra virgin olive oil and historic sites are all rendered with Page's typical gusto and charm (The Body in the Boudoir, 2012, etc.), but, again typically, the plot collapses since logic and reason remain missing ingredients."
The Fairchilds celebrate their 25th anniversary in a Tuscany cooking school complete with wine, olives, secretive companions and homicide. Read full book review >