Search Results: "Carolyn Cooke"


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AMOR AND PSYCHO by Carolyn Cooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2013

"Cooke writes with passion, empathy and considerable humor as her characters face life-changing issues of divorce, illness, self-destruction and impending death."
Erotic, whimsical, profound—almost all of Cooke's stories illustrate what Matthew Arnold terms "the eternal note of sadness." Read full book review >

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THE BOSTONS by Carolyn Cooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2001

"Cooke's attractive voice alternately thrusts bluntly and lilts poetically, keeping the reader alive to the shifts of emotional texture and mood that enrich this promising debut."
A seductively written, engaging first collection organized around a family of "Bostons," the name native Maine residents assign vacationers from the south. Read full book review >

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HAYATI, MY LIFE by Miriam Cooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"The Palestinians deserve a larger fictional presence, but this agenda-driven tale, unfolded by paper-thin narrators and ranging over a period of more than six decades, is too eager to detail the horrors the principals suffer to do justice to a complex issue."
From a professor of Arabic literature, an elegantly written but programmatic debut novel attempts to illuminate the plight of the Palestinians in a tale of three generations of women caught in the crossfires of history. Read full book review >

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HER BRILLIANT CAREER by Rachel Cooke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Cooke's history of these uncelebrated heroines admirably fills in the gaps in the continuing story of women's role in the workplace."
British journalist Cooke recounts the stories of 10 women whose personal and professional lives shattered the common image of a repressed 1950s homemaker. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE BOOK OF SLOTH by Lucy Cooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"While Cooke's intentions are commendable, the main message she unintentionally conveys is that too much cuteness can be cloying—and counterproductive. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Children might enjoy the myriad pictures of cute critters in this photo essay set at the Aviarios del Caribe sloth sanctuary, but it's not likely they'll sit still long enough to listen to the text. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"Skillful, unsettling arguments that the world is headed toward nuclear disaster from two different directions."
Diligent history of nuclear proliferation and peaceful nuclear energy makes a good case that they are intimately connected and equally out of control. Read full book review >

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How to Game People Without Even Trying by Elizabeth Cooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2015

"A surprisingly tender story of a daughter devoted to knowing her father, even posthumously."
A woman's Paris trip is an opportunity to learn all she can about her wealthy, reticent father, whose sudden death may reveal more secrets in Cooke's (A Tale of Two Hotels, 2015, etc.) dramatic thriller. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE by Julia Cooke
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2014

"An excellent taste of Cuba today, without tourist plans or political agenda."
Following multiple trips to the island—organized by an unnamed friend, the "Communist fairy godfather"—first-time author Cooke (Writing/The New School) chronicles the lives of nine Cubans and their families in the years immediately after Raúl Castro replaced his brother as president. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL EATER by Bill Cooke
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"Reads like an introduction to something bigger; fans partial to epic apocalyptic thrillers should keep an eye out."
In Cooke's debut thriller, copycat murders that seem to be emulating the work of a serial killer culminate in lethal riots in the Texas Hill Country, leading the few survivors no choice but to fend for themselves. Read full book review >

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MELODY by Dan Cooke
Released: Dec. 5, 2008

"More entertaining than cathartic, but a hair-raising read to be sure."
Darkness has descended on Breight, N.J. Accidental fatalities in the surrounding county hover at abnormally high rates until the mysterious 1974 death of a local eight-year-old ushers in a two-decade lull in the mortality rate. Read full book review >