Search Results: "Wallace Stegner"


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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 >

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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 >

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THE WOMEN ON THE WALL by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1949

"I'd suggest for sampling, to give you a flavor distinguishing these stories from the average collection, the following:- Beyond the Glass Mountain, the story of two one-time school chums meeting years later, when roles were reversed; Goin' To Town, a study of anticlimax; Two Rivers for contrast in mood; The Colt, a story of a boy's love for a colt- and the tragic aftermath; The Sweetness of the Twisted Apples for the flavor of rural life."
Stegner's versatility is already well proven, and this volume of wholly unstandardized short stories is but further evidence. Read full book review >

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ALL THE LITTLE LIVE THINGS by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 1967

"Probably for the same reason that that same generation feels as it does about what is happening in the novel today—and this book will be a very compatible compromise, certified by its Literary Guild selection for August."
Joe and Ruth Austin, sixtyish, retire, withdraw, in California after their son, an existentialist with whom Joe could never sympathize, dies. Read full book review >

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THE UNEASY CHAIR by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2001

"We wondered 'why Stegner cares so much,' but in retrospect, the answer seems clearer."
Novelist Stegner tends to identify with writers like himself: westerners who try to forge a literary identity far from the East Coast establishment. Read full book review >

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THE SPECTATOR BIRD by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1976

"It is just these qualities of recognition and participation which create a susceptible readership."
Stegner picks up some years later with Joe and Ruth Allson of All the Little Live Things and paraphrases some of the themes of that book as well as the later Angle of Repose. Read full book review >

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ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 1971

"The repose, however pleasant, becomes a kind of narcosis."
A late autumn retrospective, accomplished with a long lens, in which Lyman Ward, retired, ill and wheelchair-bound, attempts to affirm the continuity of the past and the "Doppler effect" of time by reconstructing his grandparents' lives. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN by Wallace Stegner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1943

"It is one of the important novels of the Fall season."
This is the most important book Wallace Stegner has done, and he has been marked as "a comer" ever since his memorable novelette, Remembering Laughter. 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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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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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 >