Search Results: "Francine Prose"


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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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MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2011

"Intelligence, wit and an engaging heroine can't quite disguise the fact that there's not much actually happening here."
Versatile novelist/essayist/biographer Prose (Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, 2009, etc.) views post-9/11 America through the sardonic eyes of an Albanian immigrant. 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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BULLYVILLE by Francine Prose
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Someday, this won't matter, but in the meantime, it's just one more flaw in a forced and artificial story. (Fiction. 11-14)"
When eighth-grader Bart Rangely wakes with a fever, his mother stays home from work. Read full book review >

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AFTER by Francine Prose
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Could have been even scarier if the administrative power had snowballed rather than possessing total control from the beginning, but still an unsettling piece for modern times. (Fiction. YA)"
A disturbing foray into a contemporary America where protection and safety have become labels for repression and murder. 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 >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

"Guided Tours of Hell''— exact, unsparing—is a superb, powerful work. (Author tour)"
Two startling novellas offering meticulous explorations of the power of self-delusion, and featuring some none-too-innocent Americans abroad in the confusing precincts of contemporary Europe. 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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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 >