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 >

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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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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 >

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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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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THE MAN OF THE HOUSE by Stephen McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1996

"Without losing his refreshingly frank voice or off-center characters, he's created a lament for the way a winner-take-all society can distort and impoverish the fates of real people trying to break the downward trajectory of their lives. (Author tour)"
A wry and melancholy comedy of modern manners (and the lack thereof) in which a gay man briefly becomes the center of things in the lives of his mostly straight friends. Read full book review >

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INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS by Stephen McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"A novel with pithy observations, lightness of touch and generosity of spirit."
A breezily funny, affecting tale by the author of the novel-turned-film The Object of My Affection, about the entanglements of a gay Bostonian facing a midlife crisis. Read full book review >

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A CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS by Terrence McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"McCauley's third account of the University (A Murder of Crows, 2016, etc.) boasts tech savvy, international settings, nail-biting action, and an arsenal of twists."
A clandestine spy team refuses to buckle under to the CIA, causing its members to find themselves under siege from all sides. Read full book review >

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CHEESIE MACK IS COOL IN A DUEL by Steve Cotler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"The promise of volume three on the way will have readers cheering. Wind-WHOOP! (Fiction. 9-12)"
Can Cheesie Mack keep his cool and survive a summer in the Big Guys' cabin? Read full book review >

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OH NO, NOT GHOSTS! by Richard Michelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A straightforward, humorous tale, perfect for Halloween. (Picture book. 4-6)"
It's a dark and creepy night, and a boy and girl are supposed to sleeping. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A delightfully fun summer vacation book for young readers."
In this fast-moving middle-grade novel, a tomboy spends her summer working for a witchy woman, searching for treasure in an old house and trying to track down her missing bicycle, all while making new friends and learning valuable lessons. Read full book review >