Search Results: "Francine Prose"


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FRANCINE by John Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A dramatically taut tale propelled by artful characterization and political relevance."
A corporate novel chronicles a young woman's meteoric rise at a coal mining company. Read full book review >

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THE TURNING by Francine Prose
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Not enough scare there. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Henry James' The Turn of the Screw is the inspiration for this epistolary novel by Francine Prose. Read full book review >

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BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES 2005 by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"As promised, promising voices."
Seventeen stories or novel excerpts, chosen by guest editor Prose from, presumably, the most talented among the nation's university writing programs. Read full book review >

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GLUTTONY by Francine Prose
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Pretty meager fare, even for a canapé."
A collection of lectures by novelist Prose (Blue Angel, 2000, etc.), part of a series on the Seven Deadly Sins commissioned by the New York Public Library and Oxford Univ. Press (see Joseph Epstein's Envy, p. 892). Read full book review >

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CARAVAGGIO by Francine Prose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"A fine biography—and a study of why revolutionary art can be reviled in its own time and revered in another."
The life of the 17th-century "sinner-saint" artist Caravaggio. Read full book review >

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BLUE ANGEL by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2000

"An academic comedy of manners as engaging as Richard Russo's Straight Man: Prose once again proves herself one of our great cultural satirists. (Author tour)"
Prose (Guided Tours of Hell . . ., 1997, etc.) returns with a characteristically sly and biting send-up of academia and the political correctness that plagues our days. Read full book review >

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PRIMITIVE PEOPLE by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Another winner by a writer who has hit her stride."
Prose's seventh novel (Bigfoot Dreams, 1986, etc.) inspires many a giggle as it relates the odd and fascinating adventures of a Haitian au pair in an eccentric upper-class Hudson Valley household—social satire at its slyest and best. Read full book review >

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MISTER MONKEY by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Wickedly funny and sharply observant, in the author's vintage manner, with a warmth that softens the satire just enough."
With her customary sure hand, veteran novelist Prose (Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, 2014, etc.) trains various points of view on the shabby dramatization of a popular children's book. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A graceful tribute and a touching act of gratitude."
An articulate statement of the enduring power of Anne Frank's original work joined with a brief biography, an analysis of the 1955 play and 1959 film based on the diary, some attacks on Holocaust deniers and a few thoughts on approaches to teaching the work. Read full book review >

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TOUCH by Prose Francine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2009

"Maisie's role as a victim, her blame from the students and administration and her hypocritical stepmother's ethics are rich fodder for discussion, but her plot-driven rehashing of the events turns the story into an 'issue book' that fails to spark any emotional attachment in readers. (Fiction. YA)"
After a trial living arrangement with her unstable mother and her mother's self-obsessed boyfriend, ninth grader Maisie returns home to her father and their blended family—with new "gigantic mega-boobs." Read full book review >

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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM by Francine Prose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An adroit and lively portrait."
The latest in the Jewish Lives series focuses on a flamboyant champion of modern art. Read full book review >