Search Results: "Alice Hoffman"


BOOK REVIEW

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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NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Enchanting. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
There's a monster in Sidwell, Massachusetts, that can only be seen at night or, as Twig reveals, if passersby are near her house. Read full book review >

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INCANTATION by Alice Hoffman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Echoes of the Holocaust reverberate through this 16th-century tale of a young Spanish woman who discovers through love, betrayal and tragedy that her family is secretly Jewish. Read full book review >

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THE FORETELLING by Alice Hoffman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Should appeal to teens with their own mythic quests. (Fiction. 12+)"
A young warrior questions her destiny and ultimately changes her future and the future of her tribe in this spare, compelling coming-of-age story. Read full book review >

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LOCAL GIRLS by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 1999

"Hoffman remains a major talent, but she's marking time here."
Ten disastrous years in the life of a family on Long Island, only partly redeemed by the shimmering prose we—ve come to expect from Hoffman (Here on Earth 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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PRACTICAL MAGIC by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 1995

"Too much hocus-pocus, not enough focus. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Part of Hoffman's great talent is her wonderful ability to sift some magic into unlikely places, such as a latter-day Levittown (Seventh Heaven, 1990) or a community of divorcÇes in Florida (Turtle Moon, 1992). Read full book review >

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FAITHFUL by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A novel full of people—flawed, scarred, scared—discovering how to punish themselves less and connect with others more."
Hoffman takes a break from writing about distant places and the distant past (Marriage of Opposites, 2015, etc.) to explore the psyche of a young Long Island woman afflicted by survivor guilt. Read full book review >

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GREEN WITCH by Alice Hoffman
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2010

"Just the thing for readers eager to be captured by a tale of sundered hearts rendered in lyrical prose. (Fantasy. YA)"
Also trancelike and infused with magical realism, this belated sequel to Green Angel (2003) brings Hoffman's tale of recovery from utter inner and outer devastation to a tidy close. Read full book review >

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SKYLIGHT CONFESSIONS by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2007

"Achingly beautiful and filled with heart-wrenchingly real characters: one of Hoffman's best."
A Yale senior loses his way on Long Island, and three generations suffer the consequences in this haunting latest from Hoffman (The Ice Queen, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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AQUAMARINE by Alice Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"An arch tone and a this-is-good-for-you air might irritate an alert reader, but others might just take the fantasy for what it's worth and enjoy. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A gossamer fable written by an adult author who illustrates some of the pitfalls awaiting those unused to writing for young people. Read full book review >