Search Results: "Tracy Kidder"


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MY DETACHMENT by Tracy Kidder
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"A modest contribution compared to such classics such as Dispatches and A Rumor of War, but worthy of attention all the same."
A departure for Pulitzer Prize-winner Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains, 2003, etc.): a memoir recounting his time in Vietnam as a green lieutenant turned world-weary REMF. Read full book review >

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A TRUCK FULL OF MONEY by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"More engrossing work from a gifted practitioner of narrative nonfiction."
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner tells the story of a maverick software engineer and entrepreneur's remarkable life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Terrifying at turns, but tremendously inspiring—like Andrew Rice's The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget (2009), a key document in the growing literature devoted to postgenocidal justice."
A tale of ethnocide, exile and healing by a master of narrative nonfiction. Read full book review >

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MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being."
Full-immersion journalist Kidder (Home Town, 1999, etc.) tries valiantly to keep up with a front-line, muddy-and-bloody general in the war against infectious disease in Haiti and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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HOME TOWN by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"A microcosm of how the traditional American 'city on a hill' looks near the year 2000—all rendered in a classically graceful style as good as it gets. (First printing of 100,000; first serial to the Atlantic Monthly; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
With stroke-by-stroke miniature portraits and incantatory prose, Pulitzer Prize winner Kidder beautifully limns the characters and values that shape one New England town. Read full book review >

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OLD FRIENDS by Tracy Kidder
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Rich detail and true-to-the-ear dialogue let the brave and determined elderly speak for themselves—and for the continually surprising potential of the human spirit."
An eloquent account, neither bitter nor saccharine, of daily life in a nursing home. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 9, 2013

"An important story that feels like it breathes a dose of virtuous oxygen right into readers' heads. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The story of a doctor's quest to heal the sick in a poor Haitian community and beyond. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Other writing guides have more nuts-and-bolts advice, but few combine the verve and plainspokenness of this book, which exemplifies its title."
Legendary literary journalist Kidder (Strength in What Remains, 2009, etc.) and his longtime editor trade war stories and advice for the ambitious nonfiction writer. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1994 by Tracy Kidder
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 1994

"A solid addition to an annual series that has won many plaudits."
Volume nine strains a bit to achieve its predecessors' diversity by stretching the definition of ``essay.'' Take, for example, the two longest contributions. Read full book review >

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SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER by Jacqueline Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"By the end, Cam has still not come around—but readers may be too annoyed by Tracy's rude, aggressive character to care. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Wilson pushes so much pain between the lines of this portrait of a foster child with the personality of a steamroller that it comes off less a lightweight tribute to human resilience than a pathos-ridden tale of children acting out as they nurse profound inner wounds. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 2009

"The many indifferent, sophomoric essays here will give Tracy fans information about his early work; the best ones will give them reasons to see it."
The obscure, often deservedly so, early films in which Spencer Tracy forged his screen persona are dusted off in this uneven collection of essays from the New England Vintage Film Society. Read full book review >