Search Results: "Anthony Giardina"


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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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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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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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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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SAINTS AND VILLAINS by Denise Giardina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A big novel in every sense of the word, and a triumphant portrayal of one of the century's authentic heroes."
Giardina, whose previous novels Storming Heaven (1987) and The Unquiet Earth (1992) offered thoughtful, provocative considerations of the struggles of American labor, surpasses herself with this powerful re-creation of the life and martyrdom of German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (190645), who participated in a plot to kill Hitler and was executed at Buchenwald in the waning days of the war. 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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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 >