Search Results: "Elizabeth Benedict"


BOOK REVIEW

SAFE CONDUCT by Elizabeth Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Add to this the undercharacterized Mac and the glibness of Kate's premature bitterness, and you're left with half a loaf."
Benedict's uneven third novel (Slow Dancing, 1985; The Beginner's Book of Dreams, 1988) is about letting go emotionally and two very different women—one who can, and one who finds it all but impossible. Read full book review >

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ALMOST by Elizabeth Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2001

"If you're not tired of novelists trying to write novels about novelists trying to write anything, then here is an amusing ride through a mystery whose solution is that it isn't a mystery at all, but life as lived."
Benedict (Safe Conduct, 1993, etc.) returns with a pseudo-mystery about a ghostwriter chasing a ghost—and her guilt—through a story that is successful in spite of itself. Read full book review >

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ME, MY HAIR, AND I by Elizabeth Benedict
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Surprisingly engaging reading."
A distinguished novelist gathers together essays that attempt to untangle the complicated relationship of females to their hair. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"A mixture of pompous braying and insightful, quiet moments of magic."
Editor Benedict (The Practice of Deceit, 2005, etc.) presents a collection of 30 pieces by writers of varying ability, accomplishment and fame who recount "a moment when an authority figure saw talent in them, or when they came to believe they possessed it themselves." Read full book review >

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WHAT MY MOTHER GAVE ME by Elizabeth Benedict
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 2, 2013

"A winning collection—think of it as an extra slice of pie set aside for mom."
Thirty-one essays by mothers and daughters, refracting the light of motherhood in unusual and beautiful directions. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE HOUSE BY THE SEA by Benedict Blathwayt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"The two books make a nice pair. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Much as their details differ, this might be described as the British version of Albert's Alejandro's Gift (above). Read full book review >

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STORIES FROM FIREFLY ISLAND by Benedict Blathwayt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Dozens of intricately detailed b&w drawings are scattered throughout. (Fiction. 5-10)"
Tortoise, oldest and wisest of the animal inhabitants of an imaginary island, tells an assortment of ten pourquoi stories (why frogs croak at night), trickster stories (how the bully Wild Pig was humbled), and moral tales (how Badger, once a hero, became a tyrant). Read full book review >

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Positively, Big Mama by Wynter Benedict
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Indulgent in places but sensitive to the ways in which real life differs from our expectations.
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In a debut memoir, Benedict recounts lessons learned from a New Orleans Catholic childhood, three marriages, and a time of depression. Read full book review >

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SAND QUEEN by Helen Benedict
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A flawed but unforgettable testament."
This bleak novel explores the horrendous impact of the Iraq war on women, both soldiers and civilians. Read full book review >

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THE UNKNOWNS by Benedict Carey
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"By the third or fourth puzzle (they get progressively more difficult) things get a bit mathematically dense, but even reluctant mathematicians will enjoy this inheritor of The Westing Game. (Mystery. 10-14)"
On the circular island where the Folsom Nuclear Plant is located, there sits a trailer park called Folsom Adjacent; not surprisingly, many of its colorfully boring residents work at the plant. Read full book review >

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ADRENALINE by John Benedict
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 22, 2013

"Like a soap opera on fast-forward—a speedy plot, none of the sappy melodrama and all the juicy morsels intact."
A series of mishaps and an accidental death at a Pennsylvania hospital raise suspicions of sabotage in the author's debut medical thriller. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2011

"Spartan prose delivers a chilling, page-turning lesson in food safety."
Just in time for BBQ season, an investigative journalist traces the path of a devastating outbreak of food-borne illness linked to hamburger meat. Read full book review >