Search Results: "Diane Schoemperlen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Decorated by a glamorous roster of friends and acquaintances (from Andy Warhol to Queen Elizabeth II), this biography is direct and unpretentious, but essentially insubstantial—much like the wrap dress. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Build a better dress and they will come: this is the theme of this celebrity autobiography by designer/jet setter Von Furstenberg. Read full book review >

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IN THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE by Diane Schoemperlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Better in pieces than as a whole: bright shards from a promising writer who shouldn't be afraid to hammer together a real structure next time. (Author tour)"
Using the hundred simple words of a word-association test as starting points for its hundred chapters, Canadian Schoemperlen's debut novel demonstrates why it's probably better to avoid such gimmicks altogether—here, a hundred brilliantly written separate episodes turn into one long and sadly stagnant narrative. Read full book review >

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RED PLAID SHIRT by Diane Schoemperlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2003

"In all, smart and imaginative."
Tales both new and previously collected (this is the author's sixth story volume) that are almost universally one part Alice Munro, one part Donald Barthelme. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2001

"Ambitious and intelligent, but more a collection of fascinating essays than a fulfilling piece of fiction."
What would you do if the Virgin Mary came to visit for a week? Taking off from this entertaining premise, the author of In the Language of Love (1996) falls short, though not for want of trying. Read full book review >

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BY THE BOOK by Diane Schoemperlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An extremely clever and often graceful collection that rewards the curious reader but should not be approached with the expectation of traditional story."
A new collection by Schoemperlen (At a Loss for Words, 2008, etc.) offers stories that revel in unconventional forms and odd details, each one mining texts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in an exploration of collage and fragmentation.Read full book review >

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FORMS OF DEVOTION by Diane Schoemperlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"While there's no denying the author's considerable skill at turning a wry phrase, all the glitter here yields precious little substance. (144 b&w line drawings and half-tones) (Author tour)"
Echoing her first novel's artifice (In the Language of Love, 1996), Schoemperlen uses images culled largely from the 18th and 19th centuries as inspiration for her storytelling, winding up with a string of aborted experiments Read full book review >

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DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF GIANTS AND LITTLE PEOPLE by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a thoughtfully organized book, suitable for almost any folklore collection. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Like her previous efforts in this vein (Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories and Songs, 1992, etc.), Goode offers a diverse, accessible, and well-rounded collection of stories about people big and small, interspersing old favorites (``The Elves and the Shoemaker,'' ``Teeny Tiny,'' etc.) with more unusual gems: the West Indian ``Anansi and the Plantains,'' the Japanese ``Three Strong Women,'' and the wryly feminist ``Managing Molly.'' The book opens with a wise introduction and closes with Nancy Willard's ``Magic Story for Falling Asleep''just the right note. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF SILLY STORIES AND SONGS by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A perfect gift book that will also find many library uses. (Folklore. 4-10)"
Another attractive, well-planned volume in the style of The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs (1989). Read full book review >

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UNKNOWN REMAINS by Peter Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This multithread thriller is a weak Xerox of something that has been done with more distinction elsewhere."
A 9/11 widow discovers that her late husband was harboring a wealth of secrets in this unusual thriller. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY CHILD by Steena Holmes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"An intense psychological drama underpins this uneven novel."
Holmes (Sweet Memories, 2013) delves into the world of postpartum psychosis in this novel, which isn't what it might first appear to be. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN THE DARK by Mary Jane Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 2005

"Though the characters consist mainly of fashionable (or pointedly unfashionable) attitudes toward homosexuality, corporate crime and eating disorders, Clark pulls off a nice surprise at the close."
Diane Mayfield, the latest in a long line of KEY News correspondents (Hide Yourself Away, 2004, etc.) whose idea of sleuthing is imperiling her family, checks out a series of PG-rated kidnappings at the Jersey shore. Read full book review >