Search Results: "A.L. Kennedy"


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WHAT BECOMES by A.L. Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2010

"Sensitively observed, elegantly written snapshots of the human condition, unsparing yet tender."
Connecting with other people is the only thing harder than being alone in this piercing collection from gifted Scottish novelist Kennedy (Day, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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SERIOUS SWEET by A.L. Kennedy
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"With sometimes-battering extremes of emotion and pain that ranges from personal injury to corrosive political nastiness, Kennedy's urban odyssey offers an unusual and often powerful love story."
Two people try desperately to make a connection in this angry, sad story of damaged lives and the personal and national politics that abet the problems. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE BOOK by A.L. Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2013

"With a ferocious and probing style, Kennedy examines love and pain and the whole damn thing."
On an ocean liner during a trans-Atlantic voyage, emotions are intensified as love relationships get tossed about. Read full book review >

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DAY by A.L. Kennedy
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Living within Day's consciousness can be a claustrophobic reading experience."
In a novel set in the years after World War II, occasional flights of poetry can't compensate for a lack of narrative momentum. Read full book review >

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PARADISE by A.L. Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2005

"It rambles, and it's a downer. But there's a real kick to it."
Good writing essentially redeems a potentially self-defeating subject in the Scottish author's absorbing fourth: a first-person chronicle of alcoholism that's equal parts despairing, funny, and intermittently tiresome. Read full book review >

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INDELIBLE ACTS by A.L. Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2003

"Uneven but often striking work from one of the UK's best younger writers."
The complications of loving and the pains of estrangement are explored with restrained wit and emotion in this new collection from the prizewinning Scottish author (Everything You Need, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED by A.L. Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2001

"Not Kennedy's shapeliest or subtlest book, but probably her best yet."
The life of the writer is subjected to intensive and scathing analysis in this highly interesting (if more than a little overextended) third novel by the young Scots author of Original Bliss (1999), etc. Read full book review >

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ORIGINAL BLISS by A.L. Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Beautiful, rare, and touching: Kennedy handles extremely volatile material with the greatest care, never once sinking into bathos or perversity. A small gem."
American debut by Scottish prizewinning novelist Kennedy: a strange, evocative tale of the unlikely romance between two troubled and lonely people. Read full book review >

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PRAYING TO A.L. by Judith Caseley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 31, 2000

"Though slow to start, it's a satisfying read. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Sierra's father has been sick for a long time, but his death still hits her, and her family, hard. Read full book review >

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THE KENNEDY CHRONICLES by Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 2013

"Mildly entertaining but superficial and unremarkable."
One of the original video jockeys waxes nostalgic on her time with the MTV network. Read full book review >

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JACK KENNEDY by Chris Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Matthews' admiration and gratitude for JFK trump his disapprobation."
Hardball host Matthews (Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success, 2007, etc.) blends tributes and chastisement in this highly personal account of John F. Kennedy's career.Read full book review >

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KICK KENNEDY by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Leaming doesn't present much new for Kennedy buffs, but the age of Downton Abbey offers fresh context for this story of American royalty and its more tradition-minded British counterpart."
A biography of the comparatively unheralded sister closest in age to John F. Kennedy strains to find something new to say about the Kennedy clan. Read full book review >