Search Results: "Allegra Goodman"


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THE COOKBOOK COLLECTOR by Allegra Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 2010

"A witty, warm and wise look at the human condition in the digital age."
Goodman (Intuition, 2006, etc.) shows two sisters grappling with romantic, professional and moral quandaries at the height of the dotcom boom. Read full book review >

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PARADISE PARK by Allegra Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2001

"Brilliantly crafted and pitched perfectly, which we expect from this author; but also challenging and deliberately uningratiating, which we might not."
Bestselling Goodman (Kaaterskill Falls, 1998, etc.) takes a bold step forward with this comic novel about a very serious spiritual quest undertaken by a narrator who's as often obnoxious as endearing. Read full book review >

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TOTAL IMMERSION by Allegra Goodman
Released: May 24, 1989

Goodman's debut book of stories prods at two unlikely venues for contemporary fiction: the world of the frum—the modern devout who follow the 600-plus laws and prohibitions of Torah Judaism—and, even more unusual, those same Orthodox who are living in colony in the improbable and very un-shtetl-like paradise of Oahu, Hawaii. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND by Allegra Goodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2008

A popular adult author tries her hand at a dystopian children's novel, with mixed results. Read full book review >

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INTUITION by Allegra Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"Top-notch in every respect. A superlative novel."
A scandal rocks a cancer-research laboratory, unsettles relationships and stimulates an impassioned inquiry into the issue of scientific freedom in Goodman's rich, intricate third novel (Paradise Park, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE FAMILY MARKOWITZ by Allegra Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A success for Goodman, offering a frank and funny depiction of the strains and intermittent but distinct joys of family relations."
With wit, panache, and genuine affection for her characters, Goodman (Total Immersion, 1989) offers a saga of an archetypal Jewish-American family. Read full book review >

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THE CHALK ARTIST by Allegra Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A very relevant love story with strong crossover possibilities for teen readers."
In Boston, an idealistic schoolteacher gets her artist boyfriend a job with her father's video game company even as she's losing a promising student to the addiction of gaming. Read full book review >

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KAATERSKILL FALLS by Allegra Goodman
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

"You don't read Goodman for thrills, but for rich characterizations and faultless evocation of a cloistered culture—pleasures in ample supply here."
Another absorbing, albeit low-key foray into the world of Orthodox Jews, by the author of two story collections: Total Immersion (1989) and The Family Markowitz (1996). Read full book review >

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WHO KILLED CHRISTOPHER GOODMAN? by Allan Wolf
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 14, 2017

"A heartfelt, intricate examination of what underlies human behavior. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
The day after a summer festival, two teenagers find the body of a schoolmate by the side of a road. Read full book review >

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THE TRIAL OF ABIGAIL GOODMAN by Howard Fast
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fast, in any event, is donating profits from the book to Planned Parenthood."
That robustly persistent booster of the cause of civil liberties and the brotherhood of man, and author of over 80 published works (most recently, Being Red, 1990), now takes on the cause of women's rights—specifically the right to choose abortion- -and produces a lively courtroom drama, set in an unnamed southern state. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid exploration of a resonant musical partnership at a historically significant moment in American music. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
This married author-illustrator team (Light in the Darkness, 2013, etc.) here highlights the innovative, barrier-breaking collaboration of African-American Wilson and Jewish-American Goodman. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1999

"Begiebing undoubtedly tried to do too much here, but readers who accept his story's eccentric pacing and unusual texture will be grateful for his efforts."
An American woman's awakening to her vocation as artist and freed spirit is the subject of this impressively researched and detailed, if undramatic, historical by the author of The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin (1991), etc. Begiebing's eponymous heroine and narrator begins her story "in captivity," in 1839, after she's been abducted by Joseph Dudley, the scapegrace son of a wealthy Massachusetts mill-owner who's commissioned the young widow, a gifted "traveling painter," to execute portraits of his family. Read full book review >