Search Results: "Alice LaPlante"


BOOK REVIEW

TURN OF MIND by Alice LaPlante
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2011

"A haunting story masterfully told."
LaPlante's literary novel explores uncharted territory, imagining herself into a mind, one slipping, fading, spinning away from her protagonist, a woman who may have murdered her best friend. Dr. Jennifer White lives in the dark, shadowy forest of forgetfulness. Read full book review >

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A CIRCLE OF WIVES by Alice LaPlante
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Love, passion and marriage reflected in a mystery's fun-house mirror."
LaPlante (Turn of Mind, 2011, etc.) returns with a character study as murder mystery. Read full book review >

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COMING OF AGE AT THE END OF DAYS by Alice LaPlante
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"With a satirist's eye and fleet, insightful prose, LaPlante delivers gratifying if somewhat foreseeable twists in one girl's search for salvation."
Quirky mystery writer LaPlante (Circle of Wives, 2014, etc.) switches things up in her latest tale, a spin on teen dystopian fiction with a decidedly grown-up kick. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A well-done study. (Line drawings—not seen)"
What did Moses, Van Gogh, Lewis Carroll, and Dostoyevsky have in common? Read full book review >

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DEADLY INTENT by Lynda LaPlante
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2009

"The criminal conspiracy is menacing, even monstrous, but no more interesting than the authentically tedious interrogations."
The killing of an ex-cop in a drug squat sends DI Anna Travis searching for the most wanted dealer in England. Read full book review >

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MY HEART IS BOUNDLESS by Eve LaPlante
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A compelling documentary portrait of the real Marmee, whose life provided the impetus for Little Women and who emerges here as a noteworthy woman in her own right."
This revealing collection of Abigail May Alcott's writings provides previously unknown details of the life of a 19th-century daughter, sister, wife and mother who associated with transcendental luminaries, suppressed her own dreams to provide for her family, inspired her famous daughter Louisa, and remained an ardent reformer for abolition and women's rights. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Thoroughly researched and moving—will appeal particularly to 19th-century women's history buffs, Alcott fans and Little Women aficionados."
Revisionist dual biography shows just how much iconic children's author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) "was her mother's daughter." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A reformative, assenting spin on Salem's hellfire and brimstone history."
LaPlante (American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans, 2004, etc.) again plumbs her family lineage to reanimate the life of the only contrite Salem Witch Trial judge to make amends. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2004

"Hutchinson's courage is beyond question, but LaPlante never manages to make her any more sympathetic than her Puritan opponents."
An attempt to place Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) as an early feminist, after being expelled from Massachusetts Bay colony in 1638 on charges of heresy and sedition. Read full book review >

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ALICE MCDERMOTT
by Megan Labrise

The unsung nuns of early-20th-century Brooklyn—the Little Sisters of the Sick, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and company—are the worthy subjects of Alice McDermott’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour.  

“There’s something beautiful and humble about the language that those orders chose, juxtaposed with their ambition: ‘We’re not going to sit here and knit socks, we’re going to go ...


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BOOK REVIEW

KISS, KISS by Jennifer  Couëlle
by Jennifer Couëlle, illustrated by Jacques Laplante, translated by Karen Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 10, 2015

"'Because a day without kissing / has something missing.' (Picture book. 2-6)"
A rhyming celebration of kisses of all kinds. Read full book review >

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MURPHY by Alice Provensen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"There is so little story that readers who do not share the author's evident enthusiasm for dog psychology may well be unimpressed; dog lovers, however, should lap this up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Not a whole lot happens in Murphy's day beyond scavenging for food, a trip to the vet, and a flurry of late-night barking, but that's not really the point. Read full book review >