Search Results: "J. Courtney Sullivan"


BOOK REVIEW

MAINE by J. Courtney Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2011

"Mature, thoughtful, even meditative at times—but also quite entertaining."
Everyone has dark secrets. It's why God invented confession and booze, two balms frequently employed in Sullivan's well-wrought sophomore effort. Read full book review >

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THE ENGAGEMENTS by J. Courtney Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2013

"A modern update of The Spoils of Poynton elegant, assured, often moving and with a gentle moral lesson to boot."
Is a diamond really forever? So Sullivan (Maine, 2011, etc.) asks in her third novel, which explores the familiar territory of people who can't quite find the old connections but keep looking for them all the same. Read full book review >

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SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS by J. Courtney Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Sullivan often approaches melodrama, but she steers clear of the sentimentality that might easily have crept into this tale of regret and nostalgia."
Of Catholic guilt, silences, and secrets: an expertly spun family drama, a genre Sullivan (The Engagements, 2013, etc.) has staked out as her own. Read full book review >

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COMMENCEMENT by J. Courtney Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2009

"Readable, but dated and lackluster."
Four women meet at an all-female college and predictably remain constant allies as their lives unfold. Read full book review >

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AGE OF SWORDS by Michael J. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"This novel has a refreshing, if somewhat dated, feminist ethos: 'a handful of women and a few young girls' emerge as the newfound font of cultural strength in a changing society and are the heroes of this otherwise derivative tale."
Although Raithe the God-Killer had shown humanity that the magical Fhrey are mortal and not mythic gods, open conflict remains between the two nations; with the balance of power tipped toward the advanced weaponry of the Fhrey, Rhune chieftain Persephone must undertake a quest of wit and wisdom, rather than brawn, to give humanity a fighting chance to win. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 20, 1992

"Sullivan offers intelligent advice, but only team owners and managers need take time out to listen. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Nine innings' worth of baseball as Big Business, by Sullivan (The Minors, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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AGE OF MYTH by Michael J. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sullivan's world is richly detailed but emotionally threadbare since all the action, bloodshed, magic, and menace lead to a clichéd conclusion: the good ones win, and the evil ones lose."
In Elan's ancient past, men were called Rhunes and were treated as less than animals by the long-lived, magic-wielding Fhrey, whom the Rhunes believe to be immortal gods. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"While Sullivan is right to decry the gap in the current literature on Japan, he fails to stake out new territory here."
From Sullivan (Univ. of Washington Business School): a study that's part exploration of the role of Japanese corporations in American life, part critique of the current US-Japan dialogue, part how-to for Americans working for Japanese managers—and far too meandering and diffuse to offer a proper treatment of its many subjects. Read full book review >

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Technically, Males Are Dummies and Other Stories by Robert J. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2014

"A diverting little omnibus of sci-fi, fantasy and pulpy yarn-spinning."
Sullivan's anthology features tales of rampaging demons, a breakthrough in fashion technology with unintended consequences, and Sherlock Holmes facing a werewolf. Read full book review >

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HAROLD FINDS A VOICE by Courtney Dicmas
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Children will relate to Harold's struggle of growth and self-acceptance, but as a read-aloud, the sound effects will gleefully trump all. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Harold, a plucky parrot living in Paris, loves to imitate every sound that he hears—but can he find a voice of his own? Read full book review >

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THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers
Released: June 1, 2012

"Unusual and absorbing. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)"
A girl wants to commit suicide, but she's caught in the zombie apocalypse with a group that's trying to survive in this intriguing psychological thriller. Read full book review >

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CHLOE ON THE BRIGHT SIDE by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"On the bright side, maybe things will get better for Chloe and her readers in the next installment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Determined to find new best friends in her new school, fifth-grader Chloe Silver makes mistakes, but her essential kindness helps her out. Read full book review >