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The World Is the Home of Love and Death: Stories
Harold Brodkey
1402897715

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Runaway Soul
Harold Brodkey
0641510926

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True Adventures of the Rolling Stones
Stanley Booth
1556524005
May 2000
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Fat City
If you buy one book on the Rolling Stones, you'd be a fool if this wasn't it.

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Stanley Booth, a member of the Rolling Stones' inner circle, met the band just a few months before Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool in 1969. He lived with them throughout their 1969 American tour, staying up all night together listening to blues, talking about music, ingesting drugs, and consorting with groupies. His thrilling account culminates with their final concert at Altamont Speedway-a nightmare of beating, stabbing, and killing that would signal the end of a generation's dreams of peace and freedom. But while this book renders in fine detail the entire history of the Stones, paying special attention to the tragedy of Brian Jones, it is about much more than a writer and a rock...


Women and Angels
Harold Brodkey
0827602502
March 1985
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The World Is the Home of Love and Death: Stories
Harold Brodkey
0805055134
September 1997
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Book Review
The literary world waited a long time for Harold Brodkey's first novel, The Runaway Soul, and perhaps that 25-year wait raised expectations much too high; published in 1991, the 800-page book received mixed reviews. Though The Runaway Soul eventually came to an end, the life of its protagonist, Wiley Silenowicz, goes on in this posthumously published collection of short stories, The World Is the Home of Love and Death. All of Brodkey's considerable strengths and occasional weaknesses are on display in these stories: brilliant language and an acute understanding of character illuminate tales of orphaned Wiley and his adopted family, the Silenowiczes: his mercurial father, S.L.; seductive mother Ida; and vengeful sister Nonie. But if the writing and characterization are brilliant, Brodkey's penchant for dragging out...


The World Is the Home of Love and Death: Stories
Harold Brodkey
0765572168

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Profane Friendship
Harold Brodkey
0374529736
July 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Brodkey, who struggled so publicly for so long with his mammoth The Runaway Soul , seems to have broken his block, writing this full-length novel apparently in a matter of months--and to a commission, yet, from the city of Venice, where it is set. As in The Runaway Soul , there is misguided gigantism at work here. What could have been a touching, atmospheric novella about two boys growing up together in Venice has become a monstrously swollen, infinitely repetitious account of a partly homosexual relationship between youths who act and talk infinitely beyond their ages. Niles (Nino) O'Hara, the son of a successful American writer, meets Onni, scion of a rising Italian Fascist, at the English school in Venice before WW II. He goes back to America at the outbreak of war, picks up again with Onni in 1946 when they...


Head: Stories
William Tester
1889330485
January 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
In "Wet," this anxiety-prone collection's fine lead story, two teenage brothers struggle against nature and their overbearing stepfather in an odd, real estate-grabbing task: stretching barbed wire across a portion of Florida lake as a lightning storm sets in. Inauspicious as this scenario may seem for exploring troubled family dynamics or the acid reflux of fear, Tester (Darling) escalates the narrator's hungover awkwardness, his older brother Jim's competitiveness and their stepfather Lloyd's bullying to a fever pitch as their pointless labor becomes a struggle for power and survival. Some of the better stories here recount earlier incidents in this Florida cracker family album. "Cousins" features narrator Nim and Jim's adolescent competition for a pretty cousin, and the quietly sad "Floridita" evokes a unique...


Explore: Stories of Survival From Off The Map
Jennifer Schwamm Willis
1885408552
September 2000
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From Booklist
These 19 masterful adventure tales span five centuries of exploration. There is an excerpt from Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca's account of his sixteenth-century journey to the region north of the Gulf of Mexico, first published in Spain in 1542. There are stories of visits to the Liawep, a "lost tribe" living in the New Guinea jungle, and to the Ecuadorian Amazon, looking for a tribe of headhunters. Other exotic tales include a search for an ancient lost city once inhabited by the cliff-dwelling Anasazi in New Mexico and a search for the legendary capital city of the Inca civilization in Peru. An unsuccessful voyage to the North Pole in 1893 is matched with an expedition in 1932 in which two explorers climbed to more than 16,000 feet in East Africa's Ruwenzori mountains. And also appearing is an excerpt from the late...


First Hand
Linda Bierds
039915261X
April 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Bierds won national recognition and a 1998 MacArthur "genius" grant for elaborate yet accessible poems about technology and natural history; her compact seventh collection offers yet more supple work in that vein. A prose prologue and a set of short-lined poems named for liturgical hours ("Matins," "Vespers," etc.) introduce Gregor Mendel, the Moravian monk whose studies of peas laid the groundwork for modern genetics, and who surfaces throughout. Between moving depictions of Mendel's "grace and patience" come poems devoted to other sciences and other scientists: "the young Isaac Newton," the kite-flying Ben Franklin, Marie Curie, James Clerk Maxwell and the Scottish biologist who cloned Dolly the lamb. Many of these investigators, Bierds (The Seconds) suggests, seek not only the hidden link between mind and...

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