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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
0375756817
Mar 2001
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up-British actor Mike McShane provides a superb portrayal of Mark Twain's classic characters, nailing the Mississippi drawl and cadence. For those who know and love the story or are following along with an unabridged edition, however, this production is marred somewhat by what the publisher has chosen to leave out. The more descriptive chapters are shortened or expurgated entirely, which is understandable in the interest of editing for time. Some of the more distasteful racial epithets are gone as well, although Injun Joe retains his moniker. Sid and Mary are also cut entirely, as well as references to smoking, slavery, most of Tom's ludicrously funny romantic notions about the violence inflicted by pirates and robbers, and even the naked figure in the schoolmaster's anatomy book. The result is a...


Stop-Time
Frank Conroy
0140044469
February 1977
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Body and Soul
Frank Conroy
038531986X
July 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
Conroy's debut novel, of a young and neglected musical prodigy who is taken in by a music-store owner, was named one of PW's best books of 1993. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
“Beautifully written, and hypnotically readable…the best story I know of in a long, long time.”
--Vanity Fair

“Full of enchantment…a precise conjuring of an exceptional child’s perceptions and feelings.”
--Entertainment Weekly

“A big, old-fashioned book as satisfying as a fine evening at the symphony.”
--Dallas Morning News

“A literary event…a grand saga…Body & Soul was written under the spell of Dickens, not to mention Stendhal, Tolstoy and the...


Frank Stitt's Southern Table: Recipes from the Highlands Bar and Grill
Frank Stitt
1579652468
August 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. "I have eaten at the Highlands Bar and Grill more than twenty times and have never had a single dish that was not superb," gushes novelist Conroy in his laudatory introduction to this sumptuous journey through one man's passion for fine food, dining pleasure and life's good stuff. The book bursts with mouthwatering recipes for Stitt's take on low country cooking seen through the lens of his Provençal training (he learned the latter at Alice Waters's legendary Chez Panisse in San Francisco). Throughout, Stitt, chef and owner of the Birmingham, Ala., eatery, preaches the gospel of using fresh ingredients. Exotic spices from Asia and the Middle East meet down home succotash and humble cornbread, bringing the food Stitt learned about at his mother's elbow firmly into the 21st century. Each main...


Writers on Writing, Volume 2: More Collected Essays from The New York Times
Produced by The New York Times
064165572X

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Isle of Palms: A Lowcountry Tale
Dorothea Benton Frank
042519549X
June 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Honey, you think you've got a dysfunctional family. Anna Lutz Abbot wants you to sit yourself down with a glass of sweet tea and hear all about why her family takes the pound cake. Momma dies in bed (amyl nitrate) with the wrong man when Anna is 10. Daddy is a tightwad who does a better job of looking after other people's kids (he's a pediatrician) than his own. Paternal grandmother Violet is a German martinet who blames Anna when Everett Fairchild drugs, beats, rapes and impregnates her after the prom. Jim Abbot, who gallantly insists on marrying her, is gay, which is fine with Anna except that he's gorgeous as well as perfect and she craves more from him. Toss in Jim's harridan mother and Anna's daughter, Emily, who makes her first appearance in full goth regalia. Frank's brilliant stroke is to give her...


Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket
Frank Conroy
0739308246
April 2004
Compact Disc
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From Booklist
Take a walk on the literary side with this ambling travelogue by acclaimed memoirist and longtime director of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. The latest in the Crown Journeys series that features well-known writers exploring a particular landscape, Conroy's prose excursion invites armchair travelers to savor the history and charm of this "small, relaxed oasis in the ocean." Blending memory and fact, the author's nuanced account traces the island's past, from its whaling days in the nineteenth century to its modern-day niche as a destination of the wealthy. Conroy, who first visited the Massachusetts island at the age of three, wanders among windswept moors, salt marshes, and cranberry bogs, reminiscing about the house he built on a tiny oceanfront plot; the jazz he played at the local bar bought with his friends; and time...


The Iowa Award
Frank Conroy
0877453330
Sept 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Each winner of the annual Iowa Writer's Workshop Short Fiction Award contributes a story to this diverse, skillful collection. Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
YA-- A collection of short fiction selected from the annual volumes of the Iowa Short Fiction Award winners. These stories have a wonderful variety of places and people, and the selections are usually so complete and compelling that readers will want to go on to more by the same author. One of the volume's strengths is that there is a statement of biography and a brief paragraph or two of critical information prior to each entry.Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket(Crown Journeys Series)
Frank Conroy
1400046599
April 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Take a walk on the literary side with this ambling travelogue by acclaimed memoirist and longtime director of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. The latest in the Crown Journeys series that features well-known writers exploring a particular landscape, Conroy's prose excursion invites armchair travelers to savor the history and charm of this "small, relaxed oasis in the ocean." Blending memory and fact, the author's nuanced account traces the island's past, from its whaling days in the nineteenth century to its modern-day niche as a destination of the wealthy. Conroy, who first visited the Massachusetts island at the age of three, wanders among windswept moors, salt marshes, and cranberry bogs, reminiscing about the house he built on a tiny oceanfront plot; the jazz he played at the local bar bought with his friends; and time...


Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On: Observations Then and Now
Frank Conroy
061815468X
April 2002
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Book Review
Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On: Observations Then and Now, Frank Conroy's first nonfiction work since his acclaimed memoir Stop-Time, contains thoughtful pieces on jazz, writing, his father, and fathering. In addition to directing the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Conroy is a jazz pianist of some skill, as he proudly notes in this collection, taken primarily from articles published in Esquire and GQ. Profiles of Keith Jarrett, Wynton Marsalis, and the Rolling Stones are complemented by pieces about Conroy's own musical background, including a wonderful story of the Harlem club where Conroy became a regular, and of playing piano at a club without his bass player, who was late, only to have Charles Mingus arise from dinner and sit in.

On writing, there are some useful pieces regarding the process itself, particularly in...



The Iowa Award
Frank Conroy
0877457859
Sept 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In the introduction to these 21 stories, Conroy, head of the Iowa Writers Workshop, states that the collection is "proof that serious writers exist, that they work to very high standards... and contribute to the forward movement of American literary high culture." This aptly attests to the ambitions of the writers, each the winner of a Writer's Workshop writing award, but perhaps also suggests an academic dryness; the aura of apprenticeship hovers over some of these tales. Still, there are a number of standouts. One of the most powerful, "The Oracle," by Elizabeth Oness, deals with a young college graduate manipulated into an affair by the teenaged daughter of the man his widowed mother plans to marry. He discovers too late that the girl's motivation is revenge. In "Hints of His Mortality," David Borofka tells of...


Modern American Memoirs
Annie Dillard
0060927631
September 1996
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From Library Journal
Annie Dillard and publisher Cort Conley have collected excerpts from the memoirs of 35 20th-century American authors. The selections represent the best in autobiographical writing published between 1917 and 1992. Included are nine women and 26 men, both black and white, some better known than others, all distinguished writers and wonderful storytellers. Chris Offutt's "The Same River Twice" tells about the author's stint working in the circus; Anne Moody's "Coming of Age in Mississippi" describes her participation in the 1963 Woolworth sit-in. The editors precede each entry with a biographical and contextual note. There's an opening essay on the art of the memoirist and an afterword listing additional classics in the genre. This rich collection serves as an introduction to the nation's best modern writers and a...


Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl: The True Story of Renee
Marguerite Sechehaye
0452011337
January 1968
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