Search Results: "Alison Lurie"


BOOK REVIEW

TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES by Alison Lurie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2005

"A tepid affair by an author capable of incandescence."
A once-happy marriage jumps the tracks when a charismatic writer accepts a fellowship at the small college in upstate New York where both husband and wife work. Read full book review >

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WOMEN AND GHOSTS by Alison Lurie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Crisp prose throughout, but the spook show gets in the way of character development. (Author tour)"
With her usual dry wit, Lurie (The Truth About Lorin Jones, 1988, etc.) makes the supernatural seem at first possible, and then inevitable, as this collection's gimmick loses its freshness. Read full book review >

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THE LAST RESORT by Alison Lurie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"No great revelations, but a strong story from a sharp observer of the American social scene. (First printing of 35,000; author tour)"
Beach reading with brains and bite from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of manners Lurie (Foreign Affairs, 1984; Women and Ghosts, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE OF HOUSES by Alison Lurie
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"In clear, patient prose, the author encourages us to stop and think about what has been in front of us our entire lives."
A noted novelist (Truth and Consequences, 2006, etc.) returns with a generally genial but sometimes-slicing analysis of our buildings and their interior spaces. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS, BOYFRIENDS, & OTHER CRIMINAL MINDS by April Lurie
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 12, 2007

"As a result, April's story, although full of incident, seems unlikely to stir much interest in contemporary teen readers. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Too much heavy-handed telling weakens this tale of 14-year-old April Lundquist's life in 1977 Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Anyone who would understand this remarkable journey must read Lurie's book."
There's no semblance or pretense of balance in this unauthorized biography of New York's scandal-plagued three-term senator, Alfonse D'Amato—a lack that is both the book's failing and the source of its fascination. Read full book review >

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THE LATENT POWERS OF DYLAN FONTAINE by April Lurie
FICTION
Released: May 13, 2008

"Nevertheless, Lurie has created a well-paced story about a teen guy who shoulders responsibility while becoming his own person. (Fiction. YA)"
Following his arrest for shoplifting, 15-year-old Dylan Fontaine figures out jail is not for him. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A flawed memoir, but an amazing story of wartime survival."
Los Angeles County Board of Education president Gilbert-Lurie teams with her mother in this occasionally unwieldy yet affecting memoir depicting how the deep psychological wounds from the Holocaust span three generations. Read full book review >

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THE LESS-DEAD by April Lurie
FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"At times the religious themes feel didactic, but when the author adds everything up, the results fall somewhere between a fun, campy, teen horror film and a better-than-average afterschool special. (Mystery. YA)"
When his new friend and two other gay homeless teens are murdered, Noah, a nearly burned-out musician with a penchant for partying and a radio evangelist for a dad, decides to investigate the case. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN THE STREETS OF BROOKLYN by April Lurie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"A competent debut that captures the time and place. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Exploring the life and times of a 13-year-old girl living in Brooklyn near the end of WWII, first-time novelist Lurie offers a story about Judy Strand, daughter of Norwegian immigrants living in the Bay Ridge section. Read full book review >

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QUICK KILLS by Lynn Lurie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A ghost story about the inner life of a girl who lives among monsters."
A teenager recounts an inappropriate relationship with a photographer and other unhealed wounds of youth. Read full book review >

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SWIM, DUCK, SWIM! by Susan Lurie
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"A childhood triumph portrayed just right. Both the archetypal challenge and the creative collaboration go swimmingly. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Standing in for any reluctant preschooler faced with a new experience, a duckling goes through stages of irritation at parental urging and then nervousness before finally taking a first plunge. Read full book review >