Search Results: "William S. Butler"


BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM S. AND THE GREAT ESCAPE by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Nonetheless, it works thematically and will likely prompt readers to think about the connection between William's history and his attraction to the transformative world of the theater. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In this poignant adventure story, Jancy, William and their young siblings Trixie and Buddy decide to run away from the abusive home of their father and stepmother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 1993

"Early documents from the Godfather of Grunge."
The MTV generation's idea of an outlaw-writer, Burroughs finds himself a minor/grand old man of sorts—which is why, presumably, this book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S. by Slavenka Drakulic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"This one is more painful than most."
Justly acclaimed as a journalist and an essayist, Drakuli—chose the novel for her latest tale of the terrors of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

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S by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 1988

"Possible moral here: a rage for symmetry isn't always an artist's best friend."
A companion piece to Roger's Version, this is Updike updating Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter by having Hester Prynne—here, Sarah Worth—get her two cents in as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S. by J.J. Abrams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Beguiling. For fans of mysteries, postmodern fiction and fine bookmaking: a book that makes demands of its reader, but that amply entertains in return."
A delightful, endlessly unfolding fiction that is meta beyond meta, a sort of Da Vinci Code for smart people. Read full book review >

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THE BUTLER by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"Poignant and powerful."
A distinguished Washington Post journalist's account of the black White House butler who bore witness to eight presidential administrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HISS-S-S-S! by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"With a disappointing lack of emotion and humor, the story feels less like a boy's adventure with his first pet and more like a manual on how to (and how not to) care for a pet snake. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Ophidiophobes beware! Readers who aren't genuine snake lovers will likely find it difficult to sink their fangs into this tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"Not terribly scintillating, but many of the general readers for whom it's intended will find this a useful and interesting primer."
An exploration of the methodologies and social roles surrounding codes and privileged communications, from the grandiose to the minute, in peace and war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVEN THE BUTLER WAS POOR by Ron Goulart
Released: Dec. 7, 1990

A short, fast, breezy, comic caper in which H.J. (Helen Jeanne) Mavity arrives at the mall to be paid back $5000 by her former boyfriend, Rick Dell, and instead receives a dying message from his almost lifeless lips: "Ninety nine clop clop." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. S by George Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2003

"Deliciously gossipy, yet Sinatra is recalled with affection rather than spite."
As-told-to memoir of life with the famous crooner by his African-American Man Friday, lubricated with racy tales about the stars, the Kennedys, and the Mob. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S/Z by Roland Barthes
Released: Sept. 9, 1974

"Barthes has brought new life to a foundering literary aesthetics with this synthesis of science and imaginative humanism, for those familiar with the terminology."
In this essential application of structural linguistics to the problems of literary criticism, Roland Barthes—a disciple of Saussure and one of the cardinal spokesmen of semiology—opposes both the goals and methods of classic rhetoric. Read full book review >