Search Results: "Andrew Hoffman"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"While Hoffman doesn't capture the full spectrum of his subject's achievements and disasters, he does convincingly picture Samuel Clemens's personality: a character interesting not least for his powerful ambivalence towards his astoundingly successful public alter ego."
This brisk double profile ably traces the career of America's greatest literary celebrity, ark Twain, while drawing a full portrait of his progenitor, Samuel Clemens. Read full book review >

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MAKING UP HISTORY (BUT MAKING IT FEEL REAL)
by Claiborne Smith

When debut authors talk about their struggles to get published, their stories usually boil down to a dramatic tale of numbers, despite the literary context: X number of writing workshops they attended, X number of years spent working on the debut, X number of rejections from agents or publishers. Andrew Hilleman, whose electric, compelling debut novel, World, Chase Me Down ...


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STRAVAGANZA by Mary Hoffman
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2005

"Bonus: Fans should flock to the history section to investigate the fascinating setting. (Fantasy. 11+)"
A crackerjack conclusion to a superior historical fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >

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STRAVAGANZA by Mary Hoffman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The tidy resolution seems to leave little room for sequels; still, some intriguing minor characters and glimpses of other cities hint at a richer world than so far revealed. (Fantasy. 11+)"
Political intrigue unfolds against the glittering backdrop of an alternative Venice, in the first of a promised trilogy. Read full book review >

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TIME by Eva Hoffman
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"A lucid essay with which to while away a couple hours."
A slender meditation on the ticking clock by memoirist and novelist Hoffman (Appassionata, 2009, etc.), a self-confessed "chronophobiac." Read full book review >

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WILD THORN by William Hoffman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"A bit heavy on the backwoods caricatures, but a good read all the same: fast, and as fresh and unvarnished as a newly whittled stick."
Hoffman's latest excursion into the backwoods of Appalachia (Blood and Guile, 2000, etc.) continues the adventures of Charley LeBlanc, black sheep of a First Family of Virginia. Read full book review >

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LIES by William Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Hoffman conveys the stink of poverty and the shame it can cause, but not much else."
Scenes from a dirt-poor childhood in Depression-era Virginia. 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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SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT by Beth Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Humor, wish-fulfillment and buckets of sentiment bulk out an innocent, innovation-free debut that would work well for teenage readers."
Sunshine enters an unhappy child's life in a Southern getting-of-wisdom novel as uncomplicatedly sweet as one of Oletta's famous cinnamon rolls. 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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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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LOOKING FOR ME by Beth Hoffman
Released: May 28, 2013

"The romance resolves predictably, yet the mystery leaves far too many loose threads."
Self-taught furniture restorer and successful business owner Teddi Overman has built a good life. Yet a mystery from her past lingers. Read full book review >