Search Results: "Verlyn Klinkenborg"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 8, 2006

"Timothy the tortoise is a splendid social critic, a keen-eyed anthropologist who sees far beyond his shell."
A dazzling riff on human beings and their weird ways "written" by an 18th-century tortoise that lived for years in the garden of English naturalist/curate Gilbert White and appeared in White's The Natural History of Selborne (1789). Read full book review >

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THE LAST FINE TIME by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

The unremarkable history of a tavern in Buffalo, N.Y., masquerading as parable. Read full book review >

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SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING by Verlyn Klinkenborg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify."
A New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm. Read full book review >

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THE RURAL LIFE by Verlyn Klinkenborg
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 2002

"Nonfiction storytelling at its highest: unflaggingly lovely, with scope, profundity, and power achieved through a mastering of the delicate."
From the New York Times writer (The Last Fine Time, 1990) and editorial-board member, a gathering of pieces that have appeared over the years (mainly in the Times) quilted into a single year, a chapter a month. Result: captivating, subtle, and splendid. Read full book review >

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PIG TALE by Verlyn Flieger
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"An intriguing first novel from an academic who specializes in mythology. (Fiction. YA)"
Mokie's name means pig girl, and her life is completely wretched except when in the company of the pigs she cares for. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF KULLERVO by J.R.R. Tolkien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Tolkien compleatists will want to have this, of course, but serious students of his work and of world folklore will appreciate this more than will general readers."
Hobbitmeister Tolkien's first effort at fantasy, surrounded by scholarly scaffolding. Read full book review >