Search Results: "Alan Bennett"


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SMUT by Alan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Odd and oddly charming."
Kinky hijinks rattle teacups among the British bourgeoisie in the latest from Bennett (The Uncommon Reader, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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WRITING HOME by Alan Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Chatty, modest, and always entertaining. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This hefty volume of writings by one of the original Beyond the Fringe members reveals the contours and continuities in Bennett's seemingly haphazard subsequent career as a playwright and screenwriter (most recently for The Madness of King George). Read full book review >

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THE CLOTHES THEY STOOD UP IN by Alan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2001

"Short, pleasant, witty, and melancholy, though—á la Garrison Keillor—perhaps a richer treat for those who know and can hear the radio voice telling it."
A dryly amusing self-help parable—or shaggy-dog story—from English playwright (The Madness of George III) and scriptwriter Bennett, said to be "one of the most familiar voices on BBC radio." Read full book review >

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A LIFE LIKE OTHER PEOPLE’S by Alan Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

"Fans of Bennett know what to expect—bracingly good prose, a well-seeded laugh here and there and much food for thought."
A relentlessly self-aware memoir by Bennett (The Uncommon Reader, 2007, etc.), that most inward-searching of dramatists and autobiographers. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2001

"Deft, light, observant, and very funny indeed."
English scriptwriter and story-maker Bennett (The Clothes They Stood Up In, 2001; The Madness of George III) offers three stories about the foibles of being human. Read full book review >

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UNTOLD STORIES by Alan Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2006

"An informed mind and heart, a generous spirit—these are the human qualities that emerge on virtually every page of this splendid collection."
An eclectic, entertaining and shelf-bending collection of essays, memoirs, introductions, diaries and commentary from the noted English actor, playwright and art-lover. Read full book review >

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THE UNCOMMON READER by Alan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"If, as the Queen discovers, reading is 'a muscle' that she has 'seemingly developed,' this novella reads like light calisthenics rather than heavy lifting."
A royal fable celebrating the transformative properties (and a few of the unsettling consequences) of reading as an obsession. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Well-researched, briskly written, full-bodied, and flavorful. (50 halftones and line drawings)"
A savory and spirited cultural history of caffeine, with summaries of pertinent scientific and medical research on the properties and effects of the world's drug of choice. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE BOARDWALK
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Cover Story: On the Waterfront
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 9
Talky Talk: Some Like It Hot
Bonus Factors: Santa Cruz, Classic Movies, Vintage Fashion
Relationship Status: From Here To Eternity

Cover Story: On the Waterfront

Much like Jenn Bennett’s first YA book, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, I find the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SEPTEMBER GIRLS by Bennett Madison
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 21, 2013

"A not-mermaid story for boys. (Magical realism. 14 & up)"
A meditation on manhood takes a turn into magical realism in this mesmerizing novel. Read full book review >

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LIFE IN THE FAT LANE by Cherie Bennett
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"The book's aim is not high culture but high school culture, and it scores for pure entertainment value. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager who has it all—perfect body, perfect personality, perfect grades, perfect boyfriend—loses it when she gains a hundred pounds in this unsubtle but ultimately savvy problem novel that reads like an Alicia Silverstone vehicle waiting to happen. Read full book review >

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DRAWN AWAY by Holly Bennett
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A definite crowd-pleaser for fairy-tale enthusiasts and fantasy lovers. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
The Little Match Girl finds her way to modern-day Canada in this haunting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's bleakest fairy tale. Read full book review >