Search Results: "Claire Cook"


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Released: Sept. 19, 2008

"A satisfactory historical fiction novel that could use more edge and polish."
A sweeping yet compact saga that traces one woman's life from wealth and affluence to a Chicago brothel, as she learns to rely on herself in the face of numerous obstacles and challenges. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"All in all, a well-paced, nuanced contribution to the history of exploration."
A richly detailed life of perhaps the greatest maritime explorer in history. Read full book review >

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READY TO FALL by Claire Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"A modest first effort in need of greater depth to ballast the weight of its subject."
A lackluster debut, written in the form of e-mails, attempts drama but simply illustrates through its own flatness the detachment of online relationships. Read full book review >

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SEVEN YEAR SWITCH by Claire Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2010

"Hardly groundbreaking, but a beach tote couldn't ask for more."
Another female-empowering, feel-good novel from Cook, who in this seventh outing (The Wildwater Walking Club, 2009, etc.) cautions against the return of the bad husband. Read full book review >

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MULTIPLE CHOICE by Claire Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Mothers of 18-year-olds may smile in recognition occasionally, but this is really weak."
Second novel from the author of Ready to Fall (2000), this time a low-wattage domestic comedy about a woman adjusting to her first-born's freshman year in college. Read full book review >

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TIME FLIES by Claire Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2013

"Women will like this book."
The latest novel from Cook (Wallflower in Bloom, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM by Claire Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2012

"Amiable fluff for poolside."
Cook, author of the bestselling Must Love Dogs (2002), delivers a minor comedy featuring a trod-upon woman who finds herself a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.Read full book review >

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SUMMER BLOWOUT by Claire Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2008

"Intense beauty-product placement may be this novel's only selling point."
Cook's fifth (Life's a Beach, 2007, etc.), about a family of beauticians, falls as flat as a badly layered mullet. Read full book review >

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LIFE’S A BEACH by Claire Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2007

"Cook (Multiple Choice, 2004, etc.) ably catalogues the issues facing 40-something women, but the generic settings and tepid romances prevent this book from taking off."
Flakey younger sis tries to shake her inability to commit. Read full book review >

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THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB by Claire Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2009

"Predictable and blandly cozy."
Unremarkable sixth novel from Cook (Summer Blowout, 2008, etc.), who seems to specialize in stories of middle-aged women crossing the sandpits that are their lives. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE MARVEL by John Burnham Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Very precious, very trite-seeming. Love Story it's not."
An acutely sensitive love story, the sort in which feelings and psyches are so fragile that the normal ups and downs of true love become near-fatal wounds. Here, a thirtysomething man recalls his haunting love for an elusive and complex woman. Read full book review >

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RESCUING CLAIRE by Thomas Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 1991

"Still, Johnson pulls off this first novel, turning trite material into delightful muscular prose that makes him a writer to watch."
A clever, well-written trot through student life in 1960's Wisconsin. Read full book review >