Search Results: "B.A. Shapiro"


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THE MURALIST by B.A. Shapiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Eleanor Roosevelt's deep, end-of-life regret that the United States barred thousands of Europe's Jewish refugees adds poignant color to this story, but Shapiro tries too hard to make her fiction into moral instruction."
A political artist disappears and, 70 years later, her great-niece determines to find out why. Read full book review >

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THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Despite a shaky premise, this is convincingly researched, engaging storytelling. Intelligent entertainment."
A cleverly plotted art-world thriller/romance with a murky moral core. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE, FRIENDS by B.A. Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 1993

"Two of these have been published in small literary magazines; the whole, however, is finally disappointing and merely competent- -neither original nor surprising enough to be quite ready for prime time."
The best of these 11 stories about contemporary women involve adolescent rebellion and resentment over the disposition of a will. Read full book review >

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STICKLEBACKS AND SNOW GLOBES by B.A. Goodjohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A cozy, richly written delight."
In this magical debut, working-class British council-estate life becomes a sort of quotidian wonderland starring children clever and strange and very real. Read full book review >

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Nevada by B.A. Mealer
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Before winding down, an ambiguous plot gives the story its nail-biting tension."
In Mealer's debut thriller, a woman's past relationship puts her in danger when dubious types target her to extract information they're sure she has. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 14, 2012

"An intriguing premise navigated by an affable heroine."
In this trilogy opener, Blackwood pulls readers into the world of fallen angels through the eyes of Ariel, a spunky college freshman. Read full book review >

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A.  Paris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An at times tense debut with a clever heroine caught in an overladen plot."
Behind the facade of a perfect English marriage, a woman is held prisoner by her dashing husband. Read full book review >

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THE BREAKDOWN by B.A.  Paris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Paranoid and claustrophobic but tries too many tricks for its own good."
A murder committed on a rainy night on a spooky backwoods road opens Paris' (Behind Closed Doors, 2016) second thriller. Read full book review >

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OBJECT OF VIRTUE by Nicholas B.A. Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2004

"Earnest exposition, didactic dialogue, preposterous plot: a dull debut."
Nicholson, a former specialist in Russian art at Christies, tries his hand at fiction but doesn't stray too far from his area of expertise. Read full book review >

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MAYA ANGELOU by Miles Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Oddly abbreviated chronology; further reading (mostly Angelou's books); index. (Biography. 11+)"
Closely following events the poet has described in her several autobiographical volumes (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1970, etc.), this entry in the Black Americans of Achievement series focuses on her youth and, with somewhat less detail, her early adulthood—the extraordinary range of successful careers, as cook, dancer, madam, singer, actress, poet, administrator, journalist, and professor, for none of which she trained formally (again and again, she landed a job in an untried field and carried it off with panache). Read full book review >