Search Results: "J.M. Ledgard"


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GIRAFFE by J.M. Ledgard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"Elegant and carefully assembled, but hobbled by a persistent solemnity."
Based on actual events, Ledgard's somber first novel tells the story of a few dozen ill-fated giraffes brought from Africa into communist Czechoslovakia in 1973. Read full book review >

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SUBMERGENCE by J.M. Ledgard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2013

"While the nonlinear structure is initially frustrating, there are enough brutal and beautiful moments to make this book absorbing."
The second novel by British author and political journalist Ledgard (Giraffe, 2006) is a tangle of rich imagery, philosophical nuggets and factual anecdotes. And yes, there is also a plot, but one that the book abandons and rejoins at will. Read full book review >

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J.M. COETZEE AND THE LIFE OF WRITING by David Attwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Recent work receives comparatively short shrift, but Attwell provides a solid foundation for a literary appreciation."
A literary biography illuminating the development of the Nobel Prize-winning author's work. Read full book review >

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THE SNAKE PRINCE AND OTHER STORIES by Edna Ledgard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"A useful glossary and compact Chronology of Burmese History, as well as translator Ledgard's fascinating long introduction add to the several charms of another splendid entry in an invaluable series."
The latest volume in Interlink's International Folk Tale Series offers 25 lucid, lively tales grounded in the mythology and political history of the mountainous "Golden Land" long coveted by Western explorers and exploiters. Read full book review >

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ELSINORE CANYON by J.M.
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"An imperfect YA adaptation of a classic but a striking one nonetheless."
A debut novel that offers a modern, young-adult retelling of Hamlet with a female stand-in for Shakespeare's title character. Read full book review >

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SPEED OF LIFE by J.M. Kelly
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Feminist readers in particular will appreciate this strong young woman who doesn't conform to gender norms. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Crystal has always wanted to escape poverty, but she never thought her plan would involve vintage muscle cars and a baby. Read full book review >

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BACKHAND SMASH by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The competition to see who hated Fitton most overshadows any rivalry on Birch Fields' courts, and it's a sure bet that the final outcome of Gregson's solid procedural won't be 1-love."
A recently integrated tennis club is the scene of a murder. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This is an unconventional novel indeed, with inscrutable characters wandering through a bleak and tenebrous world."
Nobel Prize winner Coetzee delivers a deliberately paced and enigmatic novel about a strange child and his surrogate mother and father. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by J.M. Gregson
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Once again, Lambert and Hook tread ground already better trod by DCI Percy Peach in Gregson's alternative, slightly edgier series."
Chief Superintendent Lambert and Sgt. Bert Hook (Die Happy, 2011, etc.) investigate the death of a National Trust curator. Read full book review >

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MERELY PLAYERS by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"Another meat-and-potatoes procedural from the reliable Gregson."
The murder of a TV actor leaves too many suspects and too few clues to suit DCI Percy Peach (Wild Justice, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MARKET by J.M. Steele
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2008

"A lingering wrap-up is the only lag in this otherwise fun and chatty read. (Fiction. YA)"
Kate Winthrop, a senior at Millbank High School in New Jersey, accepts her role as a smart but geeky girl with a good heart—but c'mon, a ranking of 71 out of 140 girls in the Millbank Social Stock Market game? Read full book review >

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REMAINS TO BE SEEN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"A by-the-book procedural with too many loose ends to satisfy any but the most devoted Peach fans."
A drug bust turns into a murder investigation when a fire leaves a charred corpse on a dealer's posh Lancashire estate. Read full book review >