Search Results: "Fanny Merkin"


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FIFTY SHAMES OF EARL GREY by Fanny Merkin
Released: July 31, 2012

"Anna may learn to laugh with, instead of at, Grey, but the constant lampooning leaves the reader numb."
Can a young, preternaturally successful corporate executive overcome his 50 shameful secrets to find true love? Read full book review >

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SAVING HISTORY by Fanny Howe
Released: June 1, 1993

"Provocative subject but ultimately too disjointed, as ideas and insights proliferate without any coherent connection."
As usual from Howe (Famous Questions, 1989; The Deep North, 1988, etc.), a brilliant, often lyrical novel driven by a strong moral imperative in a gritty, surreal setting—but ultimately overwhelmed by a narrative that tries to hard, and ends too easily. Read full book review >

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MR. FINE, PORCUPINE by Fanny Joly
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Vignettes and design details abound, so there is always something to look at, even when the text and its free-spirited rhymes begin to grow heavy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The sweet sentiments of this tale are sharpened by the prickly quills of a porcupine. Mr. Fine knows how hard it is to be spikey; people ``holler'' and ``scream'' when he rides into town on his ten-speed bike because, as he puts it, ``My hair was a problem.'' He covers his quills, decorates them, but nothing helps until he meets someone special: ``I was not the only one in the world who looked like I do! . . . Read full book review >

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INDIVISIBLE by Fanny Howe
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A badly muddled novel of ideas that goes nowhere at some length."
Howe's latest (after Saving History, 1993, etc.), another in the Native Agents series ("new American writings in the mostly-female first-person that turns a public ‘I' out onto the world"): here, middle-aged narrator Henny has locked her husband McCool in a closet. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essays that go down like candy but nourish like health food."
A veteran essayist for the New Yorker and numerous other significant publications returns with an eclectic collection of pieces, all of which feature her unique style and voice. Read full book review >

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DREAMING OF HITLER by Daphne Merkin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 1997

"Pungent observations tempered by graceful interpretation—and some very sharp wit."
A collection of essays and articles that startle, charm, challenge, amuse, and elucidate. Read full book review >

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THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY by Daphne Merkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"It's hard to find much solace within the relentless gloom—however insightfully explored—of one writer's depression."
A writer reflects on her unceasing struggle with clinical depression. Read full book review >

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SELECTED POEMS by Fanny Howe
Released: April 1, 2000

"Howe's poetry is fabricated from questions rather than certainties and arises, like the revelations of more conventional mystics, from contemplation in solitude."
Howe is the author of more than 20 books, encompassing both fiction and poetry, most of which have been published by small presses (the most recent in 1997). This marks her first collection of Read full book review >

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SEÑORA HONEYCOMB by Fanny Buitrago
Released: Feb. 28, 1996

"Vivaciously translated, Buitrago's novel occasionally veers into bad taste, but this sassy, lighthearted romp is well worth reading: a celebration of love and lust, innocence and sensuality, from a colorful, powerfully female perspective."
Colombian author Buitrago's second novel—her first to be published in translation—is a bawdy, hilarious soap opera of unrequited love and the magical power of sexuality. Read full book review >

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THE NEEDLE'S EYE by Fanny Howe
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A slim volume that roams across continents, genres, and centuries to convey that which is so difficult to express."
An allusive and elusive collection of meditations on being and becoming, rites of passage, boys and the men they become. Read full book review >

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UP DOG by Hazel Hutchins
by Hazel Hutchins, illustrated by Fanny
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"This little pooch's up-and-down antics charm. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
Though he earns a stint in the doghouse, this little dog is one endearing pet. Read full book review >