Search Results: "Doris Grumbach"


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FIFTY DAYS OF SOLITUDE by Doris Grumbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"If Grumbach went to the bottom of her soul during her lonely winter, she does not take the reader with her. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Graceful but essentially unsatisfying reflections on seven weeks spent alone in a house near the Maine coast. Read full book review >

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LIFE IN A DAY by Doris Grumbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"By reducing her framework—in this case, from a year to a day—Grumbach has produced a pungent essence of a long and flavorful life."
A diary of a day that encapsulates the memories, reflections, and yearnings of a lifetime as gracefully as a FabergÇ egg captures spring sunlight in its tiny interior. Read full book review >

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EXTRA INNINGS by Doris Grumbach
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Written with polish and erudition, here are some budding insights into—but no answers to—the questions of old age."
A meandering journal of novelist Grumbach's 74th year that chronicles a final move from Washington, D.C., to the coast of Maine, and that includes brief, often charming, reflections on such diverse topics as mayflies, oxymorons, authors, and death. Read full book review >

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COMING INTO THE END ZONE by Doris Grumbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Interesting content, badly in need of form."
Novelist/critic Grumbach (The Magician's Girl, 1987, etc.) confronts age and mortality in this rambling, if elegantly phrased, journal of the year following her 70th birthday. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 1998

A disjointed but provocative account of a spiritual journey. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE by Doris Grumbach
Released: June 1, 1995

"Immaculate in prose and tone: one of Grumbach's best."
One's sexual nature and expression, inextricably bound up with one's creative destiny, can, when denied, result in a death-in- life. Read full book review >

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HOMEFRONT by Doris Gwaltney
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"The language and dialogue evoke the setting beautifully, however, and overall this is a fine look at how WWII affected those left at home. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-grader Margaret Ann lives for the day her big sister Elizabeth leaves for the State Teacher's College; she shares a bedroom with her iron-fisted Grandmother and longs for a room of her own. Read full book review >

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NOBODIES AND SOMEBODIES by Doris Orgel
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1991

"Easily read, but not simplistic; a satisfying, carefully crafted story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Suddenly finding herself in a new school at midyear because of her dad's transfer, Laura's hopes of making friends are thwarted by her new fifth grade's competing cliques. Read full book review >

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OUT OF NOWHERE by Doris Mortman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Possibly Mortman's best plot in years—and set for a big promo."
Best-selling Mortman (The Lucky Ones, 1997, etc. ) opens with a strong hook as divorced bank executive Cynthia Stanton and her four-year-old daughter Erica are forced to go into lifelong hiding because Cynthia's given evidence about a Colombian drug cartel laundering cash in her Miami bank, a fact that has caused the death of her brother Ken, a DEA agent. Read full book review >

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AFRICAN STORIES by Doris Lessing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1965

"It is an impressive collection, confirming the stringent sympathies of this writer which consistently represent protest and commitment."
Doris Lessing spent most of her first thirty years in South Africa, the "tough, sunburnt, virile, positive country contemptuous of subtleties and sensibility" described thus on the first page of this 700 page collection of shorter and longer stories. Read full book review >

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Released: April 4, 1980

"But there is a sweetness and generosity about this work not quite like anything she has done; like the difficult but moving Shikasta, it seems to encompass and summarize dozens of her previous concerns with a sort of piercing magnanimity."
This brief fable, the second work in the science-fiction series begun with Shikasta (1979), is bound to be read as a return to the portrayals of sexual politics responsible for Lessing's initial vogue. Read full book review >

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ALFRED AND EMILY by Doris Lessing
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"At age 89, the author may be slowing down a trifle, but the best parts here are as bracing and engaging as anything she's written in the past 30 years."
In her first post-Nobel book, Lessing (The Cleft, 2007, etc.) imagines what her parents' life—and England—would have been like if World War I had never happened. Read full book review >