Search Results: "Deborah McKinlay"


BOOK REVIEW

DEBORAH by Esther Singer Kreitman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Essentially a curiosity, of some documentary value, but only marginal literary interest."
Accusatory autobiographical fiction, first published in 1936 as The Devil's Dance, enumerates the frustrations of an intellectually curious woman denied opportunities for education and self-expression. Read full book review >

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THAT PART WAS TRUE by Deborah McKinlay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"While mousy Eve and sensitive Marlborough Man Jack never quite grab the reader's imagination, McKinlay wisely eschews easy romantic clichés."
British novelist McKinlay (The View from Here, 2011) offers a not-quite love affair through letters and emails between a wildly successful American writer and a lonely, well-to-do British woman. Read full book review >

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THE VIEW FROM HERE by Deborah McKinlay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A riveting novel in which the deceptively clear narrative voice offers no easy answers."
In British writer McKinlay's fiction debut, a carefully modulated morality play, a middle-aged woman who knows she is dying struggles with a basic dilemma—"whether a good deed cancels a bad one, whether evil is undone by penance." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An odd hybrid in which the personal and political awkwardly jostle one another and tend to get hopelessly mixed up in the fray."
Expressly following the feminist dictum that ``the personal is political,'' Pogrebin (Among Friends, 1986; Family Politics, 1983, etc.), a founding editor of Ms. magazine, mixes memoir with reportage to chart her dual commitment to Judaism and feminism. Read full book review >

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A SINGLE STONE by Meg McKinlay
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A beautiful, sparkling gem. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In an isolated mountain village, seven girls tunnel deep into the earth in order to provide for the well-being of all. Read full book review >

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BELOW by Meg McKinlay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A quietly intriguing meditation on history and truth. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old girl discovers a town secret hidden under thousands of gallons of water in this earnest, thematically rich exploration of the relationship between history and truth. Read full book review >

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FLABBY TABBY by Penny McKinlay
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Comically charming, Fit Kit and Flabby Tabby are a hit. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Anyone who has ever known or owned an overweight cat will grin at this oh-so-true tale. Read full book review >

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NO BEARS by Meg McKinlay
by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Young fans of David Wiesner's Three Pigs (2001) and other metafictive romps will be properly amused. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A storyteller spins a tale of her own devising—while the pictures tell a somewhat different one. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2002

"Unmarred by self-pity, an arresting story that women and men suffering from heart disease will find, well, heartening."
A commanding chronicle of a year in a woman's recovery from an unexpected and near-fatal heart attack. Read full book review >

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THE HUMMINGBIRD by Stephen P.  Kiernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2015

"Tackles but ultimately oversimplifies thorny issues."
A hospice nurse, baffled by her husband's drastic personality change after his third deployment to Iraq, gleans valuable lessons from a dying World War II historian. Read full book review >

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DESIGNATED DAUGHTERS by Margaret Maron
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Though Maron (The Buzzard Table, 2012, etc.) unearths more of Deborah's family history for long-term fans, the main story is often burdened by too many characters and their tangential relationships."
The unlikely murder of an elderly relative sends a judge and her husband scurrying to investigate family history in order to find out who stands to gain from an old woman's death. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK BORROWER by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A rich, textured exploration of misfortune and its consequences: a book that will reward any reader willing to go slowly and absorb its course."
Mattison's third novel (after Hilda and Pearl, 1995, etc.) is actually a successful graft of two tales: one written by a 1920s feminist and radical, the other about the woman who reads that "first book" in the late 20th century. Read full book review >