Search Results: "Alice Hoffman"


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ABBIE HOFFMAN by Marty Jezer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Hoffman—and a whole doomed, inspired era—emerges vividly in this cleareyed, richly detailed work. (Photographs—24 pages b&w- -not seen.)"
A thoughtful, solidly researched biography of the wildly creative and iconoclastic yippie, portraying Hoffman as a fresh force in American political culture—and as a man ultimately sabotaged by bipolar disorder (manic-depression), which drove him to extremes and probably led to his suicide. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

"A rigorous portrait of a woman of strong opinions who surely should have run for office herself. Promises to revive the old dame's reputation."
Frank, thoroughgoing life of Teddy Roosevelt's oldest daughter, wife of the Speaker of the House, witty Washington hostess and blistering critic of FDR. Read full book review >

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ALICE by Hugo Vickers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2002

"Sympathetic yet free of pathos, Vickers's life celebrates an unusual and fascinating woman."
A well-crafted life of the late mother-in-law of the present queen of England. Read full book review >

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THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Hoffman displays an obvious affection for the city, as well as for those society would deem freaks, but readers looking for an evocative, magical take on the immigrant experience would be better served by Helene Wecker's The Golem and Jinni (2013)."
A young woman grows up in her father's eponymous Coney Island museum at the turn of the 20th century in Hoffman's (TheDovekeepers, 2011, etc.) novel. Read full book review >

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SURVIVAL LESSONS by Alice Hoffman
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A lightweight but heartening book."
A how-to guide to facing death and living life by the popular novelist and cancer survivor. Read full book review >

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THE THIRD ANGEL by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Some moving material about love and loss, swamped by authorial excess."
A ghost in a down-at-the-heels London hotel ties together three tragic romances in Hoffman's latest (Skylight Confessions, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE ICE QUEEN by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2005

"Far from perfect, but Hoffman's more adventurous fans will appreciate this interesting effort."
The veteran, bestselling author (Blackbird House, 2004, etc.) takes risks—most of which pay off—in her dark tale of a woman literally struck by lightning. Read full book review >

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BLUE DIARY by Alice Hoffman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A welcome return to top form by a gifted, popular author."
A small-town hero with a criminal past raises unsettling questions about guilt and trust, in this unsparing new novel by Hoffman (The River King, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RIVER KING by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2000

"A host of complex, well-drawn characters and a strong story make up for a slight tendency to overdo the magic realism in a novel sure to please Hoffman's many fans."
Hoffman, a gifted writer who's been treading water lately (Local Girls, 1997, etc.), is in much better form with this compelling portrait of class tensions and personal longings in the small-town Massachusetts. Read full book review >

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THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Lilting prose, beautifully meted out folklore and historical references, and Hoffman's deep conviction in her characters (especially those 'willing to do anything for love') make reading this 'contes du temps passé' a total pleasure."
A ghost wife, a stolen child, wandering eyes, hidden ledgers—and more—bind the 19th-century Jewish community on a paradisiacal island in the West Indies. Read full book review >

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THE PROBABLE FUTURE by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2003

"Enough stylish invention here for several novels, but this one's center cannot hold. Maybe next time."
A teenaged girl's prophetic powers constitute the eye of several storms brewed up in the magical-realist's overstuffed, ungainly, improbably absorbing 16th novel. Read full book review >

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SCRIBNER'S BEST OF THE FICTION WORKSHOPS 1997 by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"If really a foretaste of literary trends, to be read while weeping."
A rather depressing glimpse of things to come, culled from the rising talents of some 20 writing programs nationwide by Hoffman (Practical Magic, 1995, etc.), who blithely and somewhat terrifyingly informs us that ``what's in these pages is only the start.'' All the standard criticisms of writing-program prose—its flatness, dullness, lack of depth—are well-illustrated by the selections found here. Read full book review >