Search Results: "Deirdre Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

HIP CHECK by Deirdre  Martin
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A sexy, successful contemporary romance, with chemistry, heat and a feel-good, affecting happy-ever-after ending that its intended audience will approve."
Bad-boy pro-hockey player Esa Saari lives for hockey and not much else, and he doesn't see why becoming the guardian of his niece has to change things—no matter what the cute-but-demanding nanny has to say about it or how much she's getting under his skin. Read full book review >

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MARTIN WILSON
by Megan Labrise

YA author Martin Wilson’s sophomore novel has a gut-punch premise: One hot day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, an 11-year-old boy takes off on his bike and vanishes. Three years later, he returns, gravely changed.

“I’m trying to write stories that are honest and emotionally powerful,” says Wilson, author of We Now Return to Regular Life, based on a true story ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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BOOK REVIEW

OUTSIDE by Deirdre Gill
Kirkus Star
by Deirdre Gill, illustrated by Deirdre Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Readers will want to reread the simple but meaningful text and bask again in the glorious illustrations of this splendid debut. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little boy's imagination creates a beautiful, mysterious, snowy world outside his home. Read full book review >

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MY RUSSIAN by Deirdre McNamer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 1999

"McNamer's edgy, graveyard-witty, borderline-wisecracking voice has its charms, but this time out it's largely wasted on a character and a situation that are hard to care about."
A provocative character study of a —mad housewife— at odds with her family and community is the most interesting feature of this ambitious, flawed third novel from the Montana author of Rima in the Weeds (1991) and One Sweet Quarrel (1994). Read full book review >

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AL CAPONE by Deirdre Bair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A serviceable addition to the extensive existing scholarship. Though intelligent and thoughtfully documented, considering the source material and colorful subject, the book is a somewhat anemic read, lacking the narrative verve readers expect from Bair."
National Book Award winner Bair (Saul Steinberg, 2012, etc.) examines the life and legend of infamous crime boss Al Capone (1899-1947). Read full book review >

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ANAIS NIN by Deirdre Bair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 1995

"Bair's Nin emerges as the complex woman she was, a woman who inspired both wrath and passion in those whose paths crossed hers."
Though Bair can at times seem like a referee deciding which version of Nin's life is most accurate, this exhaustive account of the former feminist icon is impressive. Read full book review >

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LOVE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT by Deirdre Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2009

"Rises above the downbeat first half to offer a believable, honest and observant portrait of a woman who gets what she wants only after giving up what she thought she needed."
In former TV writer Shaw's debut, a series of connected stories with Los Angeles as a supporting character, a transplanted New Yorker finds herself adrift in La-La Land after her marriage goes south. Read full book review >

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DRAWING CONCLUSIONS by Deirdre Verne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"Verne's mystery is a winner, with plenty of twists and turns, an intriguing heroine and an ending that shocks in more ways than one."
A freegan and a cop make an oddly effective sleuthing team. Read full book review >

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SAUL STEINBERG by Deirdre Bair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Followers of the postwar art world will love this book but may be disappointed by the lack of examples of his work."
National Book Award winner Bair (Calling It Quits: Late-Life Divorce and Starting Over, 2007, etc.) exhaustively explores everything related to Steinberg. Read full book review >

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TIME PRESENT AND TIME PAST by Deirdre Madden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Almost poetic in its control and well-chosen details, this novel finds the universal and the unique in a deceptively unassuming look at one family."
Three generations of an Irish family confront key moments of the past in this eloquent, understated novella. Read full book review >

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DRAWING BLOOD by Deirdre Verne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"Familiarity with CeCe's debut (Drawing Conclusions, 2015) will help readers digest the complex back story. But her second case is every bit as twisty and surprising."
A dysfunctional family to die for. Read full book review >