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Dan Barrett
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I am a freelance writer and teacher who lives in New York.


Reviews

Tuesday, July 29 2014

'Fourth of July Creek' Doesn't Live up to Its Janet Maslin Review

This story carries a huge load of ambition, and carries it with intermittent grace and conviction, but its doesn't carry the children well.


Sunday, June 29 2014

Amy Bloom's 'Lucky Us' Tells the Tale of (Several) American Hustles

Nothing is quite what it seems to be in Lucky Us, a story of survival in '40s-era America.


Tuesday, June 24 2014

Stephen King, 'Mr. Mercedes', and Our Love of Literary Junk Food

Why can't a reader enjoy both Stephen King and Alice McDermott? Fancy Michelin critics have been known to go wild for Shake Shack, after all.


Wednesday, June 4 2014

In 'The Possibilities', a Young Visitor Upends Several Lives

Kaui Hart Hemmings is like a wise alien, gleefully pointing out the bizarre ways in which people in America behave.


Tuesday, May 27 2014

Always Having Options Is Very Important in Joshua Ferris' 'To Rise Again at a Decent Hour'

This novel has naysayers, but the literary world could use a few more brainy risk-takers like Joshua Ferris.


Blogs

Wednesday, March 12 2014

Is Laura Wilder's 'Little House' Series Right for Kids These Days?

Should the fact of Laura Wilder's dated prejudices lead us to abandon Little House and its sequels?


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