Search Results: "Elizabeth Benedict"


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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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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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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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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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THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE by Helen Benedict
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Mature language and realistic life situations lend verisimilitude to this compelling drama of a young woman's brave stand against abuse and intolerance. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
A biracial teen living in a Pennsylvania town makes a difference by fostering an abandoned Hispanic child. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"Lacks both the juice of genre thrillers and the penetration of literary fiction."
A Faustian pact that might have been made by the Count of Monte Cristo plays out in present-day Cincinnati. Read full book review >

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ISABELLA MOON by Laura Benedict
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Full of ghosts and gore, sure, but only a good read for the gullible."
A debut novel about a small town's murderous secrets and the woman who leads to their unraveling. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1997

A sports sociologist's provocative, sometimes sensationalistic study of a phenomenon that's gaining increasing public attention. Read full book review >

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DOGS OF GOD by Pinckney Benedict
Released: Jan. 6, 1994

"Which is particularly annoying in a novel that nevertheless manages to suck you into its wild intrigue."
The first novel by storywriter Benedict (Town Smokes, 1987; The Wrecking Yard, 1992) barely resembles his measured and lyrical short fiction. Read full book review >