Search Results: "Elizabeth Spencer"


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LANDSCAPES OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Spencer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"More than simply personal history, Spencer's self-portrait of her literary development dramatically personifies the high price the South paid for driving out its best and brightest. (photos, not seen)"
A literary memoir that's part paean to the golden-age South and part unstinting critique of that region's corrupting segregation and cultural rigidity. Read full book review >

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THE SOUTHERN WOMAN by Elizabeth Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"An excellent introduction to a substantial and distinctive oeuvre, and a welcome reminder of how good this often underrated writer can be."
A retrospective collection of 27 stories, written over a period of more than half a century, by a southern writer whose best fiction merits comparison with the work of Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT TRAVELLERS by Elizabeth Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Readable but thin."
Though the period and the themes are those of the Vietnam era, a more perennial and primordial war—that between a mother and daughter—dominates this latest novel from Spencer (Jack of Diamonds, etc.). Read full book review >

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STARTING OVER by Elizabeth Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"In Spencer's world, the emotional debt ceiling is always on the rise."
Spencer's elegant stories are more about what doesn't happen than what does. Read full book review >

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THE SWEETEST HEIST IN HISTORY by Octavia Spencer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"Good sleuthing fun supported by compelling character arcs. (spy tips, crafts, recipes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Deer Creek's middle school ninja detectives of The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (2013) take on crime in New York City. Read full book review >

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VEGETARIANISM by Colin Spencer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A capable blend of dietary, religious, and political history that will please like-minded readers—but perhaps prompt contrarians to cook up a cheeseburger, rare."
Would the world be a better place if humans stopped eating things with faces? Indubitably, asserts English food-writer Spencer in this lively if sometimes debatable treatise. Read full book review >

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THE FEDOROVICH FILE by Ross Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 1991

"Very strained, but old pro Spencer keeps it all moving with spurts of narrative gusto."
Leaden follow-up to the lighthearted, ebullient The Devereaux File (1990), which introduced Ohio p.i. Read full book review >

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THE TIPPING POINT OF OLIVER BASS by Larry Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2017

"A page-turning mystery with a frustrating protagonist from a veteran storyteller."
A pathologically arrogant, wealthy young man sets off on a journey of self-discovery, family tragedy, and sexual conquest in Spencer's modern California noir debut. Read full book review >

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A DEATH LEFT HANGING by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2003

"Spencer's latest is her best: an ingenious puzzle that goes straight to the heart."
Once again, Chief Inspector Charlie Woodend's superiors hand him a real career-buster: the 30-year-old bludgeoning of salesman Fred Dodds, for which his wife has already been hanged. Read full book review >

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THE SHIVERING TURN by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Although not quite the equal of her seasoned mentor, Spencer's Oxford grad gets full marks for persistence and ingenuity in her engaging debut."
Spencer kicks off a new franchise with the disappearance of a Thames Valley schoolgirl. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH MAKER by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"The dark secrets behind the bright flames make Spencer's latest a first-class chiller."
Still fascinated by fire, Spencer goes from Guy Fawkes revelry (The Enemy Within, 2003) to serious witch-burnings as Charlie Woodend finds a town so inbred even his stubborn cloggin-it can't make a dent. Read full book review >

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BLACKSTONE AND THE WOLF OF WALL STREET by Sally Spencer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The case of the banker in the bunker provides enough wit, puzzlement and class warfare to delight the most devoted Blackstone fan."
Marooned in the United States, Inspector Sam Blackstone investigates the kidnapping of a business tycoon. Read full book review >