Search Results: "Francesca Kay"


BOOK REVIEW

KAY THOMPSON by Sam Irvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"An extremely entertaining chronicle of one of the most distinctive and absurdly gifted personalities in the history of show business."
Funny-faced girl makes good: the extraordinary career of Kay Thompson (1909-1998). Read full book review >

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KAY DARLING by Laura McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Delightful, funny, and real: The authors have managed to uncover the twisted and often hilarious souls of their characters without a hint of pretense or sentimentality."
A collaborative debut that follows the uneven journey of three young Canadians whose paths cross and join as they attempt to put their lives in some kind of adult order. Read full book review >

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THE LONG ROOM by Francesca Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Kay is consistently entertaining in this subtle, sad psychological thriller."
Here is le Carré writ small yet still tense in a quiet thriller set amid the less glamorous work of back-office surveillance for the British government. Read full book review >

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THE TRANSLATION OF THE BONES by Francesca Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Poignancy, lyricism and elegant spiritual debate characterize this impressive if slender novel."
Lonely souls, notably mothers and children in a diverse community, are scrutinized by a noted young British writer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 2014

"A well-written memoir that offers lessons on understanding and forgiving oneself."
A debut memoir and guidebook to help readers move beyond personal trauma toward self-acceptance. Read full book review >

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KAY BOYLE by Joan Mellen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Precise in detail, panoramic in scope, psychologically subtle, more than a literary biography, like Boyle herself, it is social and political history, a film waiting to be produced."
The prolific Mellen (Creative Writing/Film, Temple Univ.) brings a literary talent as well as cinematic eye to the family saga of Kay Boyle (1902-92), an epic life reflecting the great literary and political events of the century. Read full book review >

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AS FRANCESCA by Martha Baer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1997

"In the clear light of print, however, a mediocre style and increasingly flimsy plot distract from the clever premise, leaving a reader unfulfilled and underamused. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Baer's six-month serial for Wired's on-line magazine, Hotwired (where this first-time novelist is executive editor), loses some pizazz in its translation to print as heroine Elaine V. Botsch, corporate cog by day, on-line sex slave by night, travels compulsively back and forth between her mutually enriching worlds. Read full book review >

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SAVING FRANCESCA by Melina Marchetta
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Francesca's messy, credible array of emotions and problems will keep readers absorbed to the last, satisfying line. (Fiction. 13+)"
Sparkling dialogue and engaging characters make this Australian import a pleasure to read. Read full book review >

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KAY KAY'S ALPHABET SAFARI by Dana Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Kids will enjoy the silliness, and there's lots of potential for the classroom. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Themed alphabet books are like the Little Engine that Could—they just keep on comin'. Read full book review >

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THE ANNUNCIATION OF FRANCESCA DUNN by Janis Hallowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Though her story and characters are both sometimes labored and her writing stilted, there's a lot to admire in the complexity of the issues Hallowell raises—and in her lack of easy answers."
Ambitious first novel examines the power of faith—and its dangers. Read full book review >

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The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Cynicism and adult words stave off sappiness but don't remotely dampen the magical story's genuine charm."
In this fantasy debut, a wealthy but discontented businessman remembers his childhood journey through Chicago's hidden, enchanted side with creatures and anthropomorphic animals. Read full book review >

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LEFT-HANDED DREAMS by Francesca Duranti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"You may find yourself yawning in the company of Martina Satriano, but you'll want to hear more about Lobster Amoricaine."
The protagonist and narrator of this unfortunately tepid meditative novel is Martina Satriano, an Italian-American academic whose return journey to Rome (after many years away) for her mother's funeral occasions a series of dreamlike reminiscences of her years in both countries, former loves and occupations (in Italy, she had worked as a chef to support her family), and musings about the unlived lives she might have had. Read full book review >