Search Results: "William S. Kerr"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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QUEERIES
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Set in the early 1980s, London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories celebrates the residents of the Finsbury Park neighborhood in northern London. Ian Young’s collection of stories reveals a generous community of all sorts—launderettes, working-class gay lads, punks, stoners, stamp collectors, scavengers, revolutionaries in exile, and criminals. Our reviewer said Young creates “an impressive and tactile sense of ...


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BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"With an eloquent storyteller's charm, he chronicles the love affair between our civilization and increasingly versatile glass."
Glass, like the articles Ellis has written for National Geographic, contains his reflections on a wonderful journey. Read full book review >

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THE CAT INSIDE by William S. Burroughs
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The hipster's (and hepcat's) answer to Cleveland Amory."
The septuagenarian beatnik would seem to be the least likely author of a cat book, but Burroughs has clearly mellowed some and here celebrates his favorite "psychic companions." Read full book review >

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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 >

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SAPELO'S PEOPLE by William S. McFeely
Released: June 13, 1994

"Highly recommended. (Author tour)"
McFeely, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of President Grant (1981) and acclaim for his more recent biography of Frederick Douglass (1991), offers a slender ``meditation on race'' in this resonant study of the people of Sapelo Island. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT by William S. McFeely
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 20, 2006

"The narrative moves along smoothly enough, though the author's obsession with his subject's sex life becomes tedious. The generous amount of illustrations best capture the artist's elusive essence."
Pulitzer-winning historian McFeely (Proximity to Death, 1999, etc.) offers a sturdy, well-written consideration of the eccentric artist who may or may not have been a homosexual. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"A no-nonsense audit that puts a consequential dilemma in disturbing perspective."
As good and thoughtful a case as has been made for a US industrial policy—defined by businessman Dietrich as the state's purposeful allocation of resources to high-tech enterprises with the capacity to add substantive value. Read full book review >

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CITIES OF THE RED NIGHT by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2001

"Kirkus's view still holds: 'a dry schist of pornographic semi-moralism so flavorlessly numbing that we can't really imagine it offending' anyone, puritans or plain-old readers."
As long as the Beat Generation continues to engage self-styled hipsters, counter-culturalists, and transgressors, the work of the late Burroughs (1914-97) will continue to waste precious wood pulp. Read full book review >