Search Results: "Claire Cook"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

BLOG POST

CLAIRE DEDERER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Longtime critic and essayist Claire Dederer has always had a slight obsession with film director Roman Polanski. So in the summer of 2011, a year after the release of Poser, her gutsy, bestselling debut memoir about yoga and motherhood, she set out to write her next book with him in mind. “I was working on that book,” Dederer recalls ...


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EMILY MIDORIKAWA & EMMA CLAIRE SWEENEY
by Megan Labrise

Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney forged a friendship based on mutual admiration and the same aim: to become a (published) writer.

They met as English language teachers in rural Japan in the summer of 2001. Over the years, they workshopped one another’s stories, shared publishing opportunities, taught together, and encouraged one another to keep writing.

“We’d had some successes ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BACK TO FRONT AND UPSIDE DOWN by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"While Stan's improvement is a little too good to be true, Alexander's message is clear: 'We all have to ask for help sometimes.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little dog who has trouble with the mechanics of writing musters up the courage to ask his teacher for help. Read full book review >

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FOSSIL by Claire Ewart
by Claire Ewart, illustrated by Claire Ewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Beautifully illustrated science with a philosophical flavor. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The moving and graceful story of how a fossil comes to be. Read full book review >