Search Results: "Charlotte Rogan"


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THE LIFEBOAT by Charlotte Rogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2012

"The lifeboat becomes a compelling, if almost overly crafted, microcosm of a dangerous larger world in which only the strong survive."
First-time novelist Rogan's architectural background shows in the precision with which she structures the edifice of moral ambiguity surrounding a young woman's survival during three weeks in a crowded lifeboat adrift in the Atlantic in 1914. Read full book review >

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NOW AND AGAIN by Charlotte Rogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Rogan ends up trumpeting her politics so loudly that she drowns out the emotional response from readers, even those sharing her views."
After The Lifeboat (2012), a tightly focused first novel with a morally ambiguous narrator, Rogan takes an opposite approach in this outraged tale of a number of characters impacted by America's military-industrial juggernaut. Read full book review >

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THE ARABS by Eugene Rogan
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A sweeping history that dwells on political rather than artistic or cultural developments within diverse Arab countries."
A straightforward, careful primer on Arab political history from the rise of the Ottoman Empire to the forging of modern fundamentalist Islamic entities. Read full book review >

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SYMPHONY OF DREAMS by Cynthia Rogan
Released: June 13, 2012

"A novel brimming with authenticity that continually sparks the imagination."
Most people wish their dreams came true; one girl wishes hers didn't. Read full book review >

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SUSPICION by Barbara Rogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Du Maurier, however, could pull off her climax without gun or knife."
Rogan's (Rowing to Eden, 1996, etc.) best so far goes strictly commercial in a winning, flat-out all-nighter. Read full book review >

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SAVING GRACE by Barbara Rogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1991

"One cannot believe in these theatric people, who seem to have only one stance and one dimension."
A noisy domestic drama—set in the environs of New York City and Israel—in which a family is torn apart by the father's political ruin. Read full book review >

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A DANGEROUS FICTION by Barbara Rogan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 29, 2013

"Rogan, who has never recouped the fame brought on by Suspicion (1999) with any of the titles that followed, clearly knows the publishing milieu very well, from authors' egos to Manhattan lunch places. But a smidgen less romance and a dollop of suspense would have been welcome."
A literary agent discovers that dealing with authors can be murder. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF THE OTTOMANS by Eugene Rogan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2015

"An illuminating work that offers new understanding to the troubled history of this key geopolitical region."
Rogan (Modern History of the Middle East/St. Antony's Coll., Oxford Univ.; The Arabs: A History, 2009, etc.) corrects Western assumptions about the "sick man of Europe."Read full book review >

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HINDSIGHT by Barbara Rogan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Sluggish pace and colorless prose don't add up to much of a mystery, in this seventh novel from the author of Suspicion (1999), etc."
What if a happy gang of teenagers take a vow in 1972 to reunite twenty years later, and one of them seems to have vanished? Read full book review >

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VAN MORRISON by Johnny Rogan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"Sprightly despite its amplitude, a narrative of propulsive drive that is also a reflective, associative piece of social history."
Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. Read full book review >

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ROWING IN EDEN by Barbara Rogan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Mawkish and overblown: Despite some good characters and a smooth voice, the sentiments are obvious to the point of caricature."
The fifth novel by Rogan (A Heartbeat Away, 1993, etc.) takes us down a familiar road and into a thicket of blighted lives whose fortunes hinge upon a timely touch from the finger of God. Read full book review >

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A HEARTBEAT AWAY by Barbara Rogan
Released: May 20, 1993

"A soggy but essentially cheerful novel, cinema-bound. (Film rights to MGM)"
Rogan's fourth novel (Saving Grace, 1991; Cafe Nevo, 1987, etc.)—a comforting story set in a hospital and surrounds in a Manhattan ghetto neighborhood—comes with plenty of ER action, a slow-fuse courtship between a head doctor and a cleaning lady, a young nurse who crosses a racial barrier (the brotherhood beat is worthy if unsubtle as a bass drum, Howard Fast-style), and even a ghost. Read full book review >