Search Results: "Wallace Stegner"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Admirers of Stegner's work will find this a useful but uninspired companion. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thorough if somewhat detached life of the dean of Western American letters. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A shoddy piece of work full of self-satisfied platitudes that bespeak an absolutist worldview not open to debate."
Book reviews dressed up as essays; slipshod polemic dressed up as scholarly discourse. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Too many detours confuse this account of an inspiring achievement."
Sports Illustrated senior editor Gorant (Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption, 2010, etc.) recounts the tale of a rescue dog who became a world champion Frisbee dog and a mascot for pit bulls. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1992

"Absolutely worthwhile, but highly charged only here and there."
Western Americana and literary history by the Pulitzer-winning novelist. Read full book review >

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CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 1987

"In all, less moving as a whole piece than highly remarkable for the fine penetration and achievement of some of its moments."
Stegner takes a long look back—at four decades of a foursome's life—in a novel that at moments is beguiling, though at others it labors for its theme. Read full book review >

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SECOND GROWTH by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1947

"So well done that it will be enjoyed by an appreciative though not a large audience."
Stegner has proved himself adept in the field of the short novel; he has written one important novel, Big Rock Candy Mountain; now comes this book, neither novel nor short stories-but a book about a New Hampshire village that grows into a town during the vacation season when the visitors bring it to life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 1964

"Concerned with how the West—not how the Faith—was won, the author manages to reconstruct another historical chapter of the American Frontier story— undistinguished but interesting in its place."
The American West was settled by many hardy types, pioneers in search of freer land, economic betterment, or adventure; but it was only the Mormons who set out with the promise of eternal life. Read full book review >

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THE CITY OF THE LIVING by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1956

"Stegner makes an efficient- if not outstanding- use of this medium- seldom one to attract the full strength public of the full length book."
A sheaf of short stories, eight in all, are undercut by the realities of poverty, death, and acceptance of the immutable facts which only experience can teach, a moment of sudden recognition. Read full book review >

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ONE NATION by Wallace Stegner
Released: Sept. 25, 1945

"He treads on lots of toes — but — in the brevity of the book — may reach many hearts."
This is a Life on America prize winner, which may give it one boost over the hurdle that it is "another book about our minority problem". Read full book review >

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RECAPITULATION by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 1978

"But more than the memories themselves, which are basically undramatic and recessive, Stegner's cool-handed assurance—and his heightened visibility as a National Book Award winner—will reach out to those earnest readers who are able to derive substantial pleasure from mild, quiet, competent work."
Bruce Mason, a retired career diplomat, returns to the site of his boyhood, Salt Lake City, to bury an elderly aunt. Read full book review >

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FOUR PORTRAITS AND ONE SUBJECT by Wallace Stegner
Released: March 5, 1963

"Wallace Stegner are the four contributors and all write with great affection for the 'western wild man' and appraise his importance as a tough-minded social critic and indigenous historian (rather than novelist)."
In 1960, when the collected papers of Bernard De Voto were made available at Stanford University, four of his friends and admirers spoke at the ceremony and this collective tribute now appears here along with the bibliography of his writings. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1954

"An important facet of American growth is here given due consideration."
The thrilling record of the first expedition to descend the Green and Colorado Rivers makes a dramatic introduction to the life of John Wesley Powell, but actually his contribution to the opening West, and his permanent part in putting our government into scientific studies of the nation are the major claims to a fame, unjustly obscured. Read full book review >