Search Results: "Armistead Maupin"


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THE NIGHT LISTENER by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"The postmodern, what-is-real? theme highlights Maupin's intellectual shortcomings rather than his emotional strengths, but strong storytelling, punchy humor, and a warmhearted narrator carry the day."
A touching but rather facile meditation on the way artists manipulate facts in their quest for truth, by the author of Maybe the Moon (1992) and the popular Tales of the City series. Read full book review >

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LOGICAL FAMILY by Armistead Maupin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Engaging reminiscences from an ebullient storyteller."
Friends, lovers, and a few celebrities form the author's logical, though not biological, family. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL TOLLIVER LIVES by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2007

"Rueful but never regretful, warmhearted and witty: a treat for Maupin's many fans."
The central figure in Tales of the City returns two decades later and brings us up to date on most of the popular series' other characters as well. Read full book review >

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MARY ANN IN AUTUMN by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Agreeable entertainment until the ridiculous denouement."
Maupin continues his popular Tales of the City saga (Michael Tolliver Lives, 2007, etc.) with the return to San Francisco of Mary Ann Singleton after 20 years in the cushy Connecticut suburbs. Read full book review >

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THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Sweet, undemanding entertainment most suitable for longtime fans."
More "Tales of the City" (Mary Ann in Autumn, 2010, etc.), with the former residents of 28 Barbary Ln. still fluttering around their erstwhile landlady. Read full book review >

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MAYBE THE MOON by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A sad, funny tale that—although goodness may not always triumph in the world—will win readers' hearts."
Having published the final volume (Sure of You, 1989) of his popular Tales of the City series, Maupin leaves the San Francisco setting behind, turning his warmth and wit to the Hollywood scene; he remains equally adept at spotting trends and skewering social injustice. Read full book review >

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BEING HENRY DAVID by Cal Armistead
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2013

"This compelling, suspenseful debut, a tough-love riff on guilt, forgiveness and redemption, asks hard questions to which there are no easy answers. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
When Hank wakes up in Penn Station, the only clue to his identity is the book he's clutching, Walden, so he adopts Henry David Thoreau's name and iconic work to guide him on his journey to self-discovery. Read full book review >

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A HOMECOMING FOR MURDER by John Armistead
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Low-concept mystery-mongering mainly for fans of decent, overworked Bramlettand for Mississippi specialists."
Another deep-roots homicide for Sheriff Grover Bramlett of Mississippi's Chakchiuma County (A Legacy of Vengeance, 1994). Read full book review >

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CRUEL AS THE GRAVE by John Armistead
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Sheriff Bramlett's light is hidden under the bushel of Armistead's unsophisticated style."
This third Deep South procedural (A Homecoming for Murder, 1995, etc.) featuring Sheriff Grover Bramlett begins with a victim's-eye glimpse of a past murder. Read full book review >

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A LEGACY OF VENGEANCE by John Armistead
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1994

"Despite some effectively intense extended-family Mississippi atmosphere, the individual characters are colorless, and complications arrive far too late to breathe life into this earnest debut."
``Who would want to kill old Klansmen?'' wonders Sheriff Grover Bramlett, of Chakchiuma County, after somebody has shotgunned three locals—a preacher/house painter, a womanizing lawyer, and an inoffensive mechanic—and, just for variety, killed a fourth, an insurance salesman who had begged for police protection, with an automatic. Read full book review >

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LOST TIME by Susan Maupin Schmid
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"This stands alone but could engender sequels—which would be a good thing, as well-crafted interstellar tales for this audience are rare. (Science fiction/fantasy. 10-12)"
A promising SF/fantasy/mystery blend, Schmid's debut features an intrepid 12-year-old who picks up her parents' trail a year after they vanish at an archeological dig on planet Lindos. Read full book review >

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GHOST OF A CHANCE  by Susan Maupin Schmid
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Darling Dimple remains an underdog to cheer for. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The second book in the 100 Dresses series opens three months after Darling Dimple saved Princess Mariposa from disaster in If the Magic Fits (2016). Read full book review >