Search Results: "William S. Kerr"


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Released: Jan. 27, 2011

"A delightfully playful cross-genre novel whose science fiction is every bit as enjoyable as its historical fiction."
A French journalist encounters the American Civil War—and something even stranger—in 1861 Kentucky. 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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6 BOOKS FOR EARLY 2017
by Ana Grilo

Who’s excited that 2016 is coming to an end soon? I know I am, and I already started wish-listing all the awesome-looking 2017 releases and preparing my challenges and goals for 2017. One of them is to continue my Time Travel Project (in which I read as many books featuring time travel as I can, old and new) and the ...


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FREDERICK DOUGLASS by William S. McFeely
Released: Jan. 28, 1990

Univ. of Georgia history professor McFeely follows up his Pulitzer Prize-winning Grant (1981) with a more psychologically daunting and intriguing subject: Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), the fiery black orator and editor of the abolitionist newspaper North Star. Read full book review >

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INTERZONE by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1982

"In all, food for doubt that adds little to the Burroughs reputation."
Reading this collection of Burroughs' unpublished work from 1953 to 1958, "you are present at the beginning" of his career, as his editor gushes. Read full book review >

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THE LAST WORDS OF DUTCH SCHULTZ by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1975

This is Burroughs' most accessible, tightly knit work of fiction—a gruesome, hallucinatory exposition of the dying words of Prohibition mobster Dutch Schultz. Read full book review >

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VIENNA by William S. Kirby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Borrowing loosely from Conan Doyle, with Vienna's Holmes-ian mind and a plot similar to 'The Adventure of the Six Napoleons,' Kirby crafts an entertaining if sometimes-meandering tale."
A chance—or is it?—meeting in a Brussels club leads to a strange love affair between two women as the pair is plunged into a trans-European treasure hunt. Read full book review >

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EXTERMINATOR! by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 1973

"Burroughs is never going to write."
Another compendium of sci-fi, horror-erotica, and general culture-snuffing by America's richest ex-junkie. Read full book review >

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THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 1867

"The Ticket That Exploded, then, is another anti-utopian cry against the future of 'complete control,' the horror beyond the picture window, clownish surrealism which speaks louder than fact."
To produce an apocalyptic vision in the terms of a depraved Mack Sennett comedy, replete with vaudeville monologues on the absurd, is perhaps William Burroughs' thoroughly upsetting achievement, before which, to paraphrase Freud, any critic must lay down his arms. Read full book review >

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THE PLACE OF DEAD ROADS by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2001

"In sum, then: only for the coterie."
It becomes more and more difficult to believe that Burroughs can be seriously read by anyone much over 21, by anyone but a post-adolescent with a self-congratulatory streak of perversity. Read full book review >

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BLINK OF AN EYE by William S. Cohen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A novel that attempts to mine the post-9/11 era of unease as Seven Days in May and Fail Safe did the Cold War's."
The latest from Cohen (Dragon Fire, 2006, etc.), a former Republican senator and congressman who also served as President Clinton's secretary of defense. Read full book review >