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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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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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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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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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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BAD ANGEL by Helen Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1996

"Ambitious and often insighful, but with the feeling of being too sparsely populated—its characters being asked to have, and comment on, perceptions not convincingly natural to them. (Literary Guild selection)"
Told in the voices of its own characters turn by turn, a stirring if somewhat artificially rendered ``lyrical'' second novel by Benedict (A World Like This, 1990), a Columbia journalism professor who's also written about the print media's handling of sex crimes (Virgin and Vamp, 1992). 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 29, 2009

"Capably presented account of a complex legal case that would have been even more compelling if it were shorter."
Investigative journalist Benedict (The Mormon Way of Doing Business: How Eight Western Boys Reached the Top of Corporate America, 2007, etc.) explores the drama behind a controversial Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain. Read full book review >