Search Results: "Alan Hollinghurst"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LINE OF BEAUTY by Alan Hollinghurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A beautifully realized portrait of a decade and a social class, but without a well-developed emotional core."
Britisher Hollinghurst (The Spell, 1998, etc.) isn't shy: At 400-plus pages sprinkled with references to Henry James, his fourth outing aspires to the status of an epic about sex, politics, money, and high society. Read full book review >

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THE SPELL by Alan Hollinghurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 1999

"A near miss: Hollinghurst can do better. (Book-of-the-Month selection)"
Like The Swimming Pool Library (1988) and The Folding Star (1994), Hollinghurst's third attempts an ambitious exploration of gay male experiences and relationships. Read full book review >

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THE FOLDING STAR by Alan Hollinghurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"As in his debut, Hollinghurst seeks thematic richness by counterpointing lives from different eras, but here his weakness as a storyteller is even more marked. (Author tour)"
Sensibility overwhelms narrative in this story of homoerotic obsession, a second novel from the British Hollinghurst (The Swimming-Pool Library, 1988). Read full book review >

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THE STRANGER'S CHILD by Alan Hollinghurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2011

"But yes, it matters, and such is the stuff of biography. How do we know the truth about anyone's life? Hollinghurst's carefully written, philosophically charged novel invites us to consider that question."
Lives tangle and untangle in a literate, literary mystery at the heart of World War I by Man Booker Prize winner Hollinghurst (The Line of Beauty, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A fine nonfiction collection, marred only by its rather odd title. (bibliography) (Nonfiction/collective biography. 9-14)"
Each of the five people profiled in this fascinating collection has won a National Heritage Fellowship, but young readers probably won't care about that. Read full book review >

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ALAN BURDICK
by Gregory McNamee

Time is fleeting. Time flies. There’s never enough of it. With apologies to Irma Thomas, the greatest interpreter of the song “Time Is On My Side,” it’s really not.

We modern humans are bound to clocks, to having to be particular places at particular moments, to occupying certain points of the space-time continuum at, well, certain points. But thus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT HUNGER by Alan Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Reads like preteen-authored Twilight fanfic; only worth it for its intended purpose. (Horror. 11-17)"
Cursed with a ravenous nighttime appetite, will John hurt the ones he loves? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TILT by Alan Cumyn
CLASSICS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"The comedy and drama are both mild, but the two eminently likable teens at the center of it look capable of keeping heads and hearts in balance in a world subject to sudden tilts. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Almost despite himself, 16-year-old Stan emerges with flying colors from a week of sweet confusion, domestic turmoil and momentous tests of character. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CASSIE LOVES BEETHOVEN by Alan Arkin
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Whether readers' acquaintance with great music is intimate or just nodding, this epiphanic episode is sure to incite laughter and deeper thoughts. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Never has music wrought more profound change than in this engaging bucolic tale from the author of Some Fine Grampa! (1995). Read full book review >

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SAMURAI SHORTSTOP by Alan Gratz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"The graphic opening chapter makes this for older readers, who will find it an unusual take on the American (and Japanese) pastime. (author's notes, bibliography) (Fiction. 14+)"
Commodore Perry sailed into Yokohama harbor in 1853, and only a few years later, in 1870, baseball was introduced into Japan, along with many other Western influences. Read full book review >