Search Results: "Elizabeth Strout"


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MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON by Elizabeth Strout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Fiction with the condensed power of poetry: Strout deepens her mastery with each new work, and her psychological acuity has never required improvement."
From Pulitzer Prize-winning Strout (The Burgess Boys, 2013, etc.), a short, stark novel about the ways we break and maintain the bonds of family.Read full book review >

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AMY AND ISABELLE by Elizabeth Strout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"But Strout demonstrates exceptional poise, and an uncommon ability to render complex emotions with clarity and a sympathetic intelligence, evoking comparisons with the work of Alice Munro and Anne Tyler. (Author tour)"
A lyrical, closely observant first novel, charting the complex, resilient relationship of a mother and daughter. Read full book review >

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THE BURGESS BOYS by Elizabeth Strout
Released: March 26, 2013

"A skilled but lackluster novel that dutifully ticks off the boxes of family strife, infidelity and ripped-from-the-headlines issues."
Two squabbling brothers confront their demons, their crumbling love lives and a hate crime case that thrusts them back to their Maine roots. Read full book review >

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ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Strout
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another powerful examination of painfully human ambiguities and ambivalences—this gifted writer just keeps getting better."
A radiant collection of stories linked to Strout's previous novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016, etc.), but moving beyond its first-person narration to limn small-town life from multiple perspectives. Read full book review >

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ABIDE WITH ME by Elizabeth Strout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2006

"A melancholy tale of faith lost and found and an unhappy look at small-town life."
The author of Amy and Isabelle (1999) returns with her second novel. Read full book review >

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OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2008

"A perfectly balanced portrait of the human condition, encompassing plenty of anger, cruelty and loss without ever losing sight of the equally powerful presences of tenderness, shared pursuits and lifelong loyalty."
The abrasive, vulnerable title character sometimes stands center stage, sometimes plays a supporting role in these 13 sharply observed dramas of small-town life from Strout (Abide with Me, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2013  by Elizabeth Strout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"As always, the Contributors' Notes on the stories are fascinating, and writers will be encouraged to learn that one of the best stories here—'Horned Men' by Karl Taro Greenfeld—was rejected by some 50 publications before making it to print."
Plenty of great stories, but lighter on discovery and revelation than some previous annuals. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED STORIES OF FREDERICK BUSCH by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2013

"Well-chosen and broadly representative: an ideal introduction to Busch for those new to him and a welcome anthology for those who already know his work."
Sterling collection of short fiction by a late master (1941-2006) of the short story form. 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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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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SQUARE CAT ABC by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Not as 'Ick'y as the spinach is in Eula's estimation but far from Mouse's opening observation of 'Amazing!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
An abecedary follow-up to Schoonmaker's debut, Square Cat (2011). Read full book review >