Search Results: "Elizabeth McCracken"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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AVIATRIXES
by Leila Roy

Her birthday, the day she died, the day she first realized she wanted to fly—if we tried, I’m sure that we could make any day into Bessie Coleman day. But today is an especially good pick, because ninety-six years ago, on June 15, 1921, Bessie Coleman earned her pilot’s license—the first African American woman, as well as the first woman ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2014

"Solid research with wide appeal."
Intriguing exploration of how the Buddha's story was appropriated across languages and cultures into a legendary Christian saint. Read full book review >

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SPILL THE WINE AND TAKE THAT PEARL
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity #0.5) by Elizabeth Wein

Cover Story: Go On, Take The Money and Run
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: I Capture the Castle
Bonus Factors: Crumbling Aristocracy, Sweet Ride, History’s Mysteries
Relationship Status: It’s Like Being In Love, Discovering Your Best Friend

Cover Story: Go On, Take The ...


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NOTORIOUS DISSENSION
by Julie Danielson

Last night at a book club gathering of sorts, a friend of mine, who is the mother of two girls, was asking for picture book recommendations – picture books with a political bent, that is, which she can read to a five-year-old. More specifically, given that she’s nervous about a Trump administration, she wanted her daughter to see good picture ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HONEY SANDWICH by Elizabeth Honey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Though this collection clearly crosses over the boundaries of appropriateness and good taste in several instances, there are those children who will enjoy the humor, both sweet and tart. (Poetry. 7-10)"
This illustrated collection of 54 poems, about half of them rhyming, was originally published a decade ago in Australia. Read full book review >

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MARIE CURIE by Elizabeth MacLeod
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Although this offering may not inspire them, readers will discover plenty to appreciate in the subject. (chronology, list of museums, index) (Biography. 8-12)"
A fairly breathless biography delivers the facts in workmanlike style but without the spark of brilliance one might hope would be attached to the subject. Read full book review >