Search Results: "Claire Messud"


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THE LAST LIFE by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A broad canvas, unflinching and clear eye for the truth, and a family tale that never fails to compel and that reverberates universally, as a fine saga should."
Messud returns (When the World Was Steady, 1995; not reviewed) capably indeed, with an intelligent coming-of-ager about a teenaged girl half-American and half—Algerian-French. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING GIRL by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Emotionally intense and quietly haunting."
Messud (The Woman Upstairs, 2013, etc.) investigates the fraught intricacies of friendship and adolescence as two girls grow up and grow apart in a small Massachusetts town. Read full book review >

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THE HUNTERS by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"As smart as they are affecting, these stories aren't novels: it's in their brevity that they loom so large."
Forgive Messud (The Last Life, 1999, etc.) for subtitling this set of novellas "two short novels," and reject the impulse to make sense of the juxtaposition of two beautiful tales of people contending with solitude: each story succeeds in standing alone. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2013

"Brilliant and terrifying."
A self-described "good girl" lifts her mask in Messud's scarifying new novel (The Emperor's Children, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE EMPEROR’S CHILDREN by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2006

"Intelligent, evocative and unsparing."
A stinging portrait of life among Manhattan's junior glitterati. Read full book review >

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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 >

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SMALL FLORENCE, PIGGY POP STAR by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Florence caught in the spotlight is alone worth 1,000 carefully crafted words. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alexander's book is a pleasure to gaze upon. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BIG GIRL by Claire Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Give to parents hoping to introduce kids to the joy and wonder of a new baby sibling with none of the mess. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The granddaughter of syndicated cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus) offers her own spin on family matters and new baby brothers. Read full book review >

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LORENZO, THE PIZZA-LOVING LOBSTER by Claire Lordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Look for stronger food and friendship books than this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Will involving kids in the cooking process help them try new foods? Lordon uses pizza-making to entice in this venture into new tastes. Read full book review >

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THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A thoroughgoing ickfest, elevated by vulnerable but resilient young characters and capped by a righteously ominous closing twist. (Horror fantasy. 11-13)"
A heartwarming friendship tale—played out amid carpets of chittering insects, torture both corporal and psychological, the odd bit of cannibalism and like ghoulish delights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A bibliography of books and websites for further exploration of each topic is included, as well as a selected list of the author's sources. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Taking as her starting point the world of water, from which life appeared on Earth, the author of this lively title traces the connections between early fossil records and modern examples of six water-connected species: segmented worms, cephalopods (squids, octopuses, and nautiluses), scorpions, platypus, whales and Canada geese. Read full book review >