Search Results: "Daniel Handler"


BOOK REVIEW

WATCH YOUR MOUTH by Daniel Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2000

"Beneath all the busy trimmings, though, it's just another reworking of your basic self-reflexive parody incest opera mystery. About average for the genre."
Handler follows up his waggish debut (The Basic Eight, 1999) with an even more pungent fricassee: a summer's romance turned incestuous and murderous, cast in the form of an opera followed, naturally, by a 12-step recovery program. Read full book review >

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ALL THE DIRTY PARTS by Daniel Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A disarming cautionary tale that's just naughty enough to be kept from Handler's Lemony Snicket fans but real enough to spark genuine conversations about sex and its consequences."
A perpetually horny teenage boy learns the difference between a breakup and heartbreak. Read full book review >

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THE BASIC EIGHT by Daniel Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 1999

"Discuss."
An adult young-adult first novel set in a San Francisco high school. Read full book review >

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GIRLS STANDING ON LAWNS by Daniel Handler
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 6, 2014

"Terrific appetizer for discussion. (Poetry. 8 & up)"
This trim, clothbound first in a series from Kalman and Handler for the Museum of Modern Art offers an intriguing painting-and-prose response to a selection of photographs of, as the title indicates, girls and young women standing on lawns. Read full book review >

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WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Just the sort of thing to make grown-ups and teenagers alike want to unfurl the black flag."
Life is a confused and confusing mess—but it still offers plenty of room for mischief, as Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, informs us. Read full book review >

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ADVERBS by Daniel Handler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Experimental fiction is rarely this emotionally engaging."
The author of the popular Lemony Snicket series of children's books puts a playful spin on adult themes of love and lust, showing a narrative ingenuity that should delight readers interested in exploring the possibilities of fiction. Read full book review >

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WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler
FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"A poignant, exhilarating tale of a love affair gone to the dogs. (Romance. 14 & up)"
A toy truck, bottle caps, rose petals, a cookbook and a box full of other seemingly unobtrusive mementos are dumped on the doorstep of Ed Slaterton by his ex-girlfriend, Min. Their unlikely romance lasted just over a month. Read full book review >

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PHANTOM ANGEL by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Veteran Handler (The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb, 2014, etc.) has a knack for lively plots and quirky yet believable characters. Despite one hint too many about the murderer, Benji's second adventure is no exception."
A legendary Broadway producer's attempts to fund a musical ring down the curtain on his own life in a sequel to Runaway Man (2013).Read full book review >

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THE BRIGHT SILVER STAR by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"Not exactly a testimonial to marriage or a paean to suburban morality. Or to clever plotting either, but if you won't mind that the murderer is apparent very early on, a nicely delineated study of sins that are usually whispered about, at least in Connecticut."
Sex in the suburbs. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO NEVER GREW UP by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"An ebullient exposÇ of what you only wish were Steven Spielberg's private life."
Veteran ghostwriter Hoagy Hoag (The Woman Who Fell from Grace, etc.), bereft of his wife Merilee, is back in Hollywood to help Boy Wonder director Matthew Wax tell the story of his life—or his side of the story, since his wife Pennyroyal Brim, America's Sweetheart, has just filed for a messy divorce. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY MAN by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"So what if Handler, best known for his Berger and Mitry series (The Blood-Red Indian Summer, 2011, etc.), isn't the keenest plotter in the genre? He definitely knows his way around adorable, cute and schmaltzy."
Introducing private eye Benji Golden, part nebbish, part mensch, who's surrounded by women with bountiful racks and wriggly tushes. Read full book review >

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THE SHIMMERING BLOND SISTER by David Handler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Though you're not likely to share Des and Mitch's infatuation with each other, you might just learn not to take everyone at face value."
Even in toney Dorset, background checks are advisable. Read full book review >