Search Results: "Walter Kirn"


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THUMBSUCKER by Walter Kirn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"One of the year's most charming books. Kirn has little to fear from fellow reviewers. Most of them should love Thumbsucker."
A funny and engagingly original portrayal of adolescence in eruption: an accomplished second novel from the author of My Hard Bargain (1990) and She Needed Me (1992) who has also made his mark as a prominent freelance reviewer. Read full book review >

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MY MOTHER'S BIBLE by Walter Kirn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2012

"If Kirn has continued reading the Bible, he should continue writing about it, for his responses to Job and the New Testament (as well as his mother's) might well be even pricklier than what he offers here."
In what reads like a Bible blog—a literary, layman's interpretation—the author comes to terms with the death of his mother and a whole lot more after discovering her biblical notes and annotations. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2009

"Ill-suited for a book-length work, Kirn's premise found more effective expression as a feature in The Atlantic."
Slapdash memoir from Time and GQ contributing editor Kirn (The Unbinding, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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WALTER by Barbara Wersba
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Funny and poignant by turns, here's a sweetly quirky love story of letters. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A small but very nearly perfect gem depicts the growing friendship between a literarily-minded rat and an aging author of children's books. Read full book review >

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MISSION TO AMERICA by Walter Kirn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"One of Kirn's characters is lauded for possessing, above all else, 'judiciousness.' It's a quality the author could take up."
Hatchet-man critic Kirn (Up in the Air, 2001, etc.) swings an ax at a goofy Mormon-like cult and the wacky Americans they proselytize. Read full book review >

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UP IN THE AIR by Walter Kirn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2001

"A mild treat from a stubbornly minor novelist still marking literary time somewhere between Don DeLillo and the authors of those fluffy confections readers inhale on summer beaches—or in airports."
Saturated with smart irony and ripe with a sense of dislocation, this third novel from the fiction editor of GQ (Thumbsucker, 1999, etc.) takes readers on a frenetic tour of Airworld, that in-flight zone of business travel where destinations bleed invisibly into connections, and connections become stations along a perpetual journey. Read full book review >

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BLOOD WILL OUT by Walter Kirn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2014

"A book that casts long-form narrative journalism in general, and Kirn's in particular, in an unflattering light."
The complicated, credulity-straining relationship between the author and his subject leaves the reader wondering about both of them. Read full book review >

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SHE NEEDED ME by Walter Kirn
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Its very simplicity also makes it a perfect candidate for the screen."
Kirn's first novel relies on the same plain style and midwestern sensibility that characterized his collection of stories, My Hard Bargain (1990). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2008

"Able tribute to a boundary-smashing activist."
Compact, insightful biography seeks to restore the historical importance of the energetic, light-skinned NAACP secretary whose leadership laid the groundwork for the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >

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WALTER WAS WORRIED by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Opportunities for read-aloud interaction abound here; children may enjoy spelling out the face-words or discussing how they feel in different climatic scenarios, from puzzling fog to shocking lightning to frightening thunder. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Moods can change as quickly as the weather, and this innovative concept book cleverly illustrates the range and volatility of both. Read full book review >

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WALTER LIPPMANN by Craufurd D. Goodwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Opening up new perspectives on past political debates, Goodwin delivers a finely limned portrait of a man whose career was based on standards and purposes that seem to have largely disappeared from public life."
An insightful biography of esteemed journalist and philosopher Walter Lippmann (1889-1974). Read full book review >

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WALTER FALLS by Steven Gillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Forced events and a lackluster cast undermine an otherwise entertaining first novel."
Sins of the father visit the son in paranoia, hubris, violence and corruption. Read full book review >