Search Results: "Anthony Giardina"


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RECENT HISTORY by Anthony Giardina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2001

"A gracefully written literary novel that perceptively examines one family's struggles with the desire for social, sexual, and economic success."
A young boy grows into manhood under the weight of his Italian-American family's ambition and repressed sexuality: an emotionally piercing, quietly beautiful third novel by the author of The Country of Marriage (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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WHITE GUYS by Anthony Giardina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"An ambitious novel that touches nimbly on issues of race and class while charting expertly the minefield of family life."
A bond formed in adolescence threatens, years later, to tear apart a family as Giardina's latest novel (Recent History, 2001, etc.), meaty and multi-faceted, evolves into a loose-knit murder mystery. Read full book review >

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NORUMBEGA PARK by Anthony Giardina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"This is a superb novel on every level, for Giardina fully fleshes out his characters as he scrutinizes their personal, family and social lives."
A graceful novel of an American family struggling to find identity and spiritual meaning in an age resistant—and even hostile—to their fumbling attempts. Read full book review >

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THE UNQUIET EARTH by Denise Giardina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Lives of not-so-quiet desperation luminously described, but despite a great subject and setting, the major characters who should hold it all together never do."
A disappointingly unaffecting saga from West Virginia novelist Giardina (Good King Harry, 1984, Storming Heaven, 1987) about the deathwatch of a once-vibrant Appalachian mining community. Read full book review >

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EMILY’S GHOST by Denise Giardina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 27, 2009

"Something less than the definitive portrait of a frustratingly elusive great writer, but an agreeable read nonetheless, and a good bet for reading groups."
Giardina turns from socially conscious historical novels (Fallam's Secret, 2003, etc.) to a fictionalized biography of sui generis poet and novelist Emily Brontë. Read full book review >

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FALLAM’S SECRET by Denise Giardina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"A pleasant diversion a feel for the period and some neat surprises, though things drag toward the end and dawdle to the finish line."
Giardina (Saints and Villains, 1998, etc.) time-travels to Puritan England. Read full book review >

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HOW DO YOU FEEL? by Anthony Browne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"For a younger audience than Browne's brilliantly dark, subtle pieces, this is a hearty, cheerful offering that appropriately refrains from undermining the non-cheerful emotions. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Emotions are so critical to childhood that there's always room for a bright new book about them. Read full book review >

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VOICES IN THE PARK by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Browne's artwork is deft and kaleidoscopic, with sidelong imagery and a nod to RenÇ Magritte that heighten the surreal aspects of the story. (Picture book. 5-11)"
Browne's exceptional out-of-time story—about a visit to the neighborhood park by his familiar gorillas—is told from four perspectives. Read full book review >

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INTO THE FOREST by Anthony Browne
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Not as whole, perhaps, as Outside Over There, but a fine, unsettling evocation of emotion nevertheless. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little boy's anxieties over his absent father channel themselves into a deeply metaphorical journey through a fairy-tale forest to Grandma's. Read full book review >

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WILLY'S STORIES by Anthony Browne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"This chimp is a worthwhile companion; young readers will no doubt answer his call. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ten classic tales serve as backdrops for one primate's book-hopping adventures at a local library. Read full book review >

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ME AND YOU by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"Clever, thought-provoking and unsettling. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Goldilocks hits the big city in this nuanced take on the old favorite. Read full book review >

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MY MOM by Anthony Browne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2005

"Although the theme is familiar, the sentiment is so pure that this tale will be a beloved addition to a family's repertoire of stories to treasure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Browne crafts a heart-warming testimony to mothers, as told from a child's perspective. Read full book review >