Search Results: "Ann Packer"


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SWIM BACK TO ME by Ann Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2011

"Touching, tender and true—short fiction nearly as rich and satisfying as Packer's two fine novels (Songs Without Words, 2007, etc.)."
A novella and five stories limn with acuity and empathy the intricate negotiations and painful losses of family life. Read full book review >

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SONGS WITHOUT WORDS by Ann Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2007

"A slight sophomore slump after a pitch-perfect debut, but commendably ambitious and ultimately rewarding."
Expanding her canvas from The Dive from Clausen's Pier (2001, etc.), Packer explores a friendship and a family wounded by a teenager's attempted suicide. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE by Ann Packer
Released: April 7, 2015

"When you read Packer, you'll know you're in the hands of a writer who knows what she's doing. A marvelously absorbing novel."

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THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN’S PIER by Ann Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Lucid prose limns complicated people whose dilemmas illuminate crucial moral choices, large and small. Very fine fiction indeed."
From short-story author Packer (Mendocino, 1994), a reflective and probing first novel about a young woman reassessing her life after her fiancé is crippled. Read full book review >

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MENDOCINO by Ann Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Still, often arresting, in spite of the bland surroundings."
Packer's debut collection of ten stories previously published in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Prize Stories 1992: The O. Henry Awards, etc., reveals a sharp eye for the myriad ways humans deceive themselves, though her humor can be smothered by her 30- ish, middle-class protagonists' very prosaic lives. Read full book review >

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CENTRAL SQUARE by George Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Packer's genuine artistry is most evident in his bringing characters to life; his ability to animate political issues, though, is less compelling."
Evocative rendering of life in a Boston community, although contemporary themes—race, poverty, class—become the tail of —issues— wagging the dog of character and plot. Read full book review >

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FLAGS OF CONVENIENCE by Bernard Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Philosophy, economics, history, social commentary—all are tucked in, pleasantly disguised as style."
Intelligence, cynicism, leadership, and a passion for an exceptionally healthy widow link opposing officers in a coup-ridden Latin American country. Read full book review >

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BLOOD OF THE LIBERALS by George Packer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A good argument soundly made, and useful reading in this strangely illiberal election year."
Liberals are born, not made. Read full book review >

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WOMEN OF WILL by Tina Packer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2015

"A sparkling, insightful exploration of Shakespeare's words and world."
How Shakespeare understood women. Read full book review >

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DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE by ZZ Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2003

"Highly personal yet socio-politically acute: a debut collection that cuts to the bone of human experience and packs a lasting wallop."
Race is less subject than context in these eight finely crafted tales, all consistently challenging readers' basic assumptions. Read full book review >

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INTO AFRICA by Craig Packer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"For both the general science reader and the armchair traveler, an informative and exciting safari. (13 color photos and 4 maps, not seen)"
Everything you wanted to know about the social behavior of lions, primates, naked mole rats, and more, in this engrossing East African saga by a noted field biologist. Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSINS’ GATE by George Packer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"As memorable as Michael Herr's Dispatches, and of surpassing immediacy."
"Iraq," observes New Yorker staff writer Packer (Blood of the Liberals, 2000, etc.), "is the Rashomon of wars." Read full book review >