Search Results: "Anna Summers"


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Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Think Chekhov writing from a female perspective, burnished by the ennui of a soulless collectivist state, contemplating the influence of culture and politics on love and relationships."
Petrushevskaya's (There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby, 2009) short stories transform the mundane into the near surreal, pausing only to wink at the absurdity of it all. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL FROM THE METROPOL HOTEL by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A terse, spirited memoir that reads like a picaresque novel."
Autobiography of an acclaimed Russian writer who grew up "hungrier, dirtier, and colder than everyone else." Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Infernal, haunting monologues."
Three deceptively simple tales explore the dark terrain of the greedy human soul. Read full book review >

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FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An unusual, bold effort that deserves attention. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A once-famous photographer has committed suicide, and 17-year-old Eddie, his only daughter, desperately wants to know why. Read full book review >

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CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Issue-laden and overwrought, Summers's debut will make forgettable fodder for the insatiable readers of Gossip Girl (and her many series clones) but is bound to leave teens who like a little more lit in their chick lit cold. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
High-school senior Parker Fadley used to be the most popular girl at her Catholic school. Read full book review >

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TEXTROVERT by Lindsey Summers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Blandly engaging. (Romance. 12-16)"
A text-messaging accident leads to romance. Read full book review >

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Albert Pendergast's Peculiar Parcel by K.G. Summers
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A sweet story for bullied kids but one that's far too text-heavy."
In Summers' debut picture book, a bully's classmates devise a plan to change his actions forever. Read full book review >

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THE RIDDLE HORSE by Mark Summers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A nostalgic piece that, however beautiful, seems wasted on this age group. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A nostalgic riddle: what horse is this? Read full book review >

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THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers
Released: June 1, 2012

"Unusual and absorbing. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)"
A girl wants to commit suicide, but she's caught in the zombie apocalypse with a group that's trying to survive in this intriguing psychological thriller. Read full book review >

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DESPERATE MEASURES by Laura Summers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Their page-turning trek across the countryside sags a bit at the end, but readers will most definitely hang on to find out what happens in the credible and happy ending. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Three parentless children strike out on their own in order to stay together. Read full book review >

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HELEN and THE GIRLS by Hollis Summers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"Welcome grace notes to an accomplished writer's life."
Subtle evocations of lives shadowed by sadness and disappointment but saved by love—in two novellas by the late Summers (Standing Room, 1984, etc.). ``I walk a tightrope,'' asserts Ben Adams (in ``Helen'') as he begins to type his story at his lakeside cabin. ``I suppose every man walks a tightrope between sanity and depression, or perhaps desperation is a kind of sanity.'' Ben, an admitted Victorian, feels that he's been drowning in the stifling order of his monogrammed life—``A.V.A. the percale sheets say, Our lives monogrammed.'' Married to the exhaustingly capable Anita, whose favorite response is ``beautiful,'' Ben feels alienated as well from his relentlessly cheerful family, scarred by an unhappy childhood, and bored by his work—certainly not the stuff of tragedy, these smaller griefs of everyday life, though no less wearing in their effects. Read full book review >