Search Results: "Whitney Otto"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PASSION DREAM BOOK by Whitney Otto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 1997

"Better as a grand tour than as a celebration of art and love. ($75,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Otto (Now You See Her, 1994, etc.) follows a pair of lovers as they migrate through several of the 20th-century's most exotic artistic movements. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOW YOU SEE HER by Whitney Otto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Otto's first novel, a bestseller, was titled How to Make An American Quilt (1991), but this is the book that, despite, some wonderful writing, reads like patchwork."
In Otto's engaging but strangely disjointed second novel, a woman takes stock of her life as she approaches her fortieth birthday and discovers that she's, literally, not all there. Read full book review >

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A COLLECTION OF BEAUTIES AT THE HEIGHT OF THEIR POPULARITY by Whitney Otto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2002

"Beautifully conceived and executed: a small gem."
As elaborate as origami, this elegant fourth from Otto (The Passion Dream Book, 1997, etc.) follows the lives of San Franciscans in search of love and pleasure. Read full book review >

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EIGHT GIRLS TAKING PICTURES by Whitney Otto
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Although overly schematic, Otto makes these eight women and the differing lenses through which they view the 20th century hard to forget."
Otto (A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity, 2002, etc.) combines a paean to the art form with an argument for women's rights in these interlocking stories of eight fictional woman photographers, clearly inspired by actual photographers, over the course of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE VAMPIRE ARCHIVES by Otto Penzler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"We're on the edge of our seats."
"Rubbish, Watson, rubbish! What have we to do with walking corpses who can only be held in their grave by stakes driven through their hearts? Read full book review >

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'WHEN YOU WERE HERE' BREAKING MY HEART
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

 Cover Story: Obscured Big Face

BFF Charm: Aww, Screw It—Love!

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Talky Talk: Devastatingly Beautiful

Bonus Factors: Mother-Son Relationship, Loyal Pet, Tokyo

Relationship Status: My Grieving Boyfriend

Cover Story: Obscured Big Face

(To be fair, this is more like Mostly Big Chest. But Big Face is ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PIONEER CHURCH by Carolyn Otto
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"By capturing such particulars, from the archaic sound of people's names to the creeping suburban sprawl, Otto and Lloyd create a record of the larger picture of transformation in the landscape. (Picture book. 6-10)"
This fictional history of a church records not just the architectural changes it underwent over the years, but the links and connections with both the congregation that built the church and the culture that spawned it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2009

"For all its ups and downs, well worth having for both its treasures from the past and the demonstration of how much vitality this neglected vein of crime fiction reveals."
Truth in labeling alert: Though all 15 stories veteran anthologist Penzler has collected are by African-American writers, most wouldn't count as noir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Part reference, part guilty pleasure, part doorstop."
Veteran anthologist Penzler, who's had highly variable results commissioning new stories (Dead Man's Hand: Crime Fiction at the Poker Table, 2007, etc.), turns back to the sure-fire past. Read full book review >