Search Results: "William Deresiewicz"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2011

"Deresiewicz smartly finds the practical value of Austen's prose without degrading her novels into how-to manuals."
A literary critic confronts his callow youth and finds salvation in the pages of the English romantic novelist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An unquestionably provocative book that hopefully leads to productive debate."
An extended essay about how elite colleges and universities are failing to serve students and society. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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STANLEY THE FARMER by William Bee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Steady and bright, this will appeal to toddlers looking for comfort, not thrills. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cartoonlike hamster named Stanley and two other small mammals demonstrate the steps used to plant, maintain and harvest wheat at a typical commercial farm. Read full book review >

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MIGLOO'S DAY by William Bee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Whew. There's definitely a new 'Busytown' in town. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Doing Richard Scarry considerably more than one better, a peripatetic beagle sails through teeming cartoon seek-and-find scenes featuring over 65 named characters. Read full book review >

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GOLEMCHIK by William Exley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"Though this effort has some eerie moments, it's too abbreviated to offer more than sketches of plot or character. (Graphic short story. 7-9)"
A boy's dull summer turns exciting, to say the least, when he acquires a large and temperamental companion in this entry in a new series of graphic short stories. Read full book review >

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DAYTIME NIGHTTIME by William Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Calm and soothing—a nonthreatening backyard adventure. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An extremely simple text describes animals a rural child might see in the daytime and nighttime. Read full book review >

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STANLEY THE BUILDER by William Bee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Nonetheless, little listeners are sure to come back to Stanley over and over, as he explores jobs and uses equipment sure to pique their interest. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In Bee's new series, Stanley the hamster explores jobs. Read full book review >

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WHATEVER by William Bee
by William Bee, illustrated by William Bee
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Perfect for sharing with little ingrates, though the question begs to be asked: Why this and not the original when this is almost a carbon copy? (Picture book. 6-8)"
A remake of Maurice Sendak's Pierre (1962), with a more trenchant ending. Read full book review >

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THE WOLVES OF CURRUMPAW by William Grill
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"The stereotyping is a definite gaffe, but the illustrations convey an intensity of feeling in keeping with the profound way the experience changed at least one man's life. (resource lists) (Picture book. 8-10)"
The winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal offers an atmospheric retelling of a 19th-century tale that helped to spark the wildlife conservation movement in this country. Read full book review >

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THE SANDMAN by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The art makes a bigger impression than the story, but the overall tone is appropriately dreamy, and as for that creeping nightmare: 'you know it's not real.' (Picture book. 5-9)"
At the behest of the Man in the Moon, shooting-star captain Sanderson Mansnoozie takes on a new responsibility—guarding Earth's children from the evil Pitch and his Dream Pirates. Read full book review >