Search Results: "William McCauley"


BOOK REVIEW

ADULTERIES, HOT TUBS & SUCH LIKE MATTERS by William McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The characters are more shallow than the hot tubs they inhabit."
Short stories whose two main themes are announced in the title. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADULTERIES, HOT TUBS & SUCH LIKE MATTERS by William McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The characters are more shallow than the hot tubs they inhabit."
Short stories whose two main themes are announced in the title. Read full book review >

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NEED by William McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Dark stories that are better at evoking than illuminating."
Nine stories explore the dark years of the late '80s in Sierra Leone (where the author was a Peace Corps volunteer), when corruption flourished, the government broke down, and the country imploded. Read full book review >

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THE TURNING OVER by William McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Strong as reportage, but the storytelling itself—together with sketchy, not-always-credible characters—follows weakly along."
A first novel that vividly evokes the depressing decay and corruption of a place—West Africa—where things have so fallen apart that revolution becomes palpably imminent, while romance (in this case, between two expat Americans) remains less than compelling. Read full book review >

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TELL-ALL by Chuck Palahniuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2010

"Those who aren't sure what they're in for with Palahniuk won't want to start here."
Beneath the glamour of Hollywood lies an ineffable sadness, a commonplace notion that this occasionally amusing novel both belabors and mocks. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM WYLER by Gabriel Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2013

"A welcome addition to the literature of filmmaking."
Comprehensive biography of the pioneering Hollywood director, whose oeuvre included such diverse films as Wuthering Heights (1939), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Funny Girl (1968). Read full book review >

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WILLIAM MCKINLEY by Kevin Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An instructive, graceful look at a neglected presidency."
An engaging life of the stoical Buckeye politician, whom Phillips (Wealth and Democracy, 2002, etc.) reckons to be "an upright and effective president of the solid second rank." Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 21, 1999

"A first-rate biography of a towering medical influence."
A well-told, enjoyable, enlightening—and much needed—biography of a giant of medical practice and education. Read full book review >

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CIRCLE WILLIAM by Bill Harlow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 1999

"Though some of his characters are engaging and the Beltway stuff interesting, what should be gripping never is."
Libya plots a chemical weapons attack in this novice entry in the Tom Clancy Stakes. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM STYRON by James L.W. West
Released: April 1, 1998

"A masterful achievement. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This meticulously crafted, well-paced biography should go a long way toward burnishing Styron's reputation. Read full book review >

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Released: May 25, 1981

"Otherwise, this is more a portrait of others' need for Burroughs to be an elder Great than of the more modest (and more engaging) actuality."
After the resounding thud made by Burroughs' last novel, Cities of the Red Night, these transcriptions of table-talk serve some rehabilitative purpose, presenting a picture of an aging, conservative, serious man who, with his best work perhaps now behind him, admits himself that he may have come to sound "like some sort of great nineteenth-century crank who thought that brown sugar was the answer to everything and was practicing something he called brain breathing." Read full book review >

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WILLIAM GOLDING by John Carey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2010

"A tendentious but relentlessly thorough, historically important treatment."
With the cooperation of his subject's daughter, Sunday Times chief book reviewer Carey (What Good Are the Arts?, 2006, etc.) produces the first major biography of Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Golding (1911-1993). Read full book review >