Search Results: "Elizabeth McCracken"


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THE GIANT'S HOUSE by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"A promising idea, ultimately disappointing in execution: McCracken's first novel lacks the one aspect vital to its success- -concern for the lovers. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
McCracken's eccentric debut tale of a prim librarian's secret passion for the town giant presents an intriguing premise—one that is finally muted, unfortunately, by the excessively restrained tone of the narrator. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2008

"Notable for its spare, intense prose and the author's self-deprecating frankness about her failures as well as those of her loved ones."
Novelist McCracken (Niagara Falls All Over Again, 2001, etc.) relates her struggle to deal with the tragedy of a stillborn son. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by Lisa Hilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Mildly revisionist, well-argued, and thoroughly satisfying."
There is no shortage of biographies of Britain's Elizabeth I (1533-1603), but readers should pay attention to this thoughtful, often ingenious account. Read full book review >

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THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"McCracken's skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume."
These nine stories from fiction and memoir author McCracken (An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, 2008, etc.) excavate unexplored permutations of loss and grief. Read full book review >

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NIAGARA FALLS ALL OVER AGAIN by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"A career-making book that bears interesting comparison with both Philip Roth's I Married a Communist (1998) and Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000). This one is going places."
McCracken just may strike it rich with this enchantingly detailed and immensely appealing follow-up to the NBA-nominated The Giant's House (1996). Read full book review >

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HERE'S YOUR HAT WHAT'S YOUR HURRY by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 1993

"An able apprentice Raymond Carver—interesting, but not to everyone's taste."
If the title of McCracken's first collection leads you to expect romantic comedy or even a light touch, forget it; this James A. Michener-award-winning author's characters are outcasts, and their lives are grim indeed. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by John Guy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"One of the best biographies of Elizabeth ever."
The Whitbread Award-winning author delivers an outstanding biography of Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603). Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Moloney says she found her voice through writing her memoir; readers, however, may not be able to follow what she's saying."
Ex-nun Moloney's debut memoir chronicles a life bound by the expectations of others, turned around with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jungian analysis and New Age spirituality. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by J. Randy Taraborrelli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2006

"Overly worshipful, but you'd have to be quite jaded to be bored by this chronicle of a miniseries life."
Veteran diva-disher Taraborrelli, who has written about Cher, Madonna and Princess Grace, turns his pen on the silver screen starlet of the century. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by David Starkey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2000

"Reveals a livelier Liz: lovely, clever, wise, and—like all the other Tudors—possessed of the 'besetting sin' of 'rapacity.' (16 pp. color photos and illustrations)"
In brisk, bracing prose, a freelance historian follows England's first Queen Elizabeth from birth to the early days of her reign. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by Sarah Bradford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1996

"No tabloid hype here, but this authoritative biography has enough revealing nuggets scattered through an otherwise flat narrative to keep a royal watcher enthralled. (17 color and 39 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
In the year of her 70th birthday, Elizabeth II of England comes under scrutiny as mother (not quite good enough), wife (better), and constitutional monarch (outstanding). Read full book review >

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The Sons of Silas McCracken by Dudley James Podbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2016

"Although simple in message and execution, this tale about three brothers turns into an addictive read."
Podbury (These Tumultuous Years, 2016) explores how the early influence of a hard, unloving Scottish father shapes the successes and failures of his three sons.Read full book review >