Search Results: "Jamaica Kincaid"


BOOK REVIEW

MY GARDEN (BOOK) by Jamaica Kincaid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Kincaid has given her fellow gardeners something far more engrossing than seed catalogues to look forward to this winter."
A quirky, entertaining, and richly emotional look at the inner life of one particularly introspective and perceptive gardener. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An ingenious, varied, and pleasurable collection, certain to strike sparks of recognition in even the most modest gardener."
Kincaid (My Brother: A Memoir, 1997, etc.) has assembled an impressively varied collection of essays by writers living and dead concentrating on the plants that hold a special, often almost mystical, attraction for them. Read full book review >

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MY BROTHER by Jamaica Kincaid
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"These are my thoughts on his dying,'' and reveals the book's flaw: My Brother is a tirade of depression and confusion that fails to make sense of the maelstrom. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
The death of Kincaid's brother from AIDS results in a book that is lyrically beautiful and emotionally forceful, but lacking a deep examination of its many themes. Read full book review >

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SEE NOW THEN by Jamaica Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"It's not a total success: Without the tether of a firm plot, all the time-folding makes the narrative feel static, an artful set of complaints. Yet Kincaid's audaciousness is winning. She's taken some much-needed whacks at the conventional domestic novel."
A recursive and beguiling tale of a collapsing marriage by the veteran Kincaid (The Autobiography of My Mother, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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MR. POTTER by Jamaica Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Disappointingly, too labored and self-conscious to achieve its ends."
An ambitious but often sententious attempt to link the story of a tropical island Everyman to great events of the era. Read full book review >

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TALK STORIES by Jamaica Kincaid
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2001

"Some readers may wish Kincaid had occasionally turned her sharp eye on high culture, just to counterbalance all the pop coverage, but her admirers (and those of the magazine) will find this an enjoyable diversion."
Now better known as a fiction writer, Kincaid (My Garden, 1999, etc.) here collects "Talk of the Town" pieces written for The New Yorker between 1978 and 1983, offering a witty, quirky look at life in the Big Apple as seen through the eyes of a young, hip woman. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1995 by Jamaica Kincaid
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"On the evidence of this inconsistent tenth volume, however, such vaunted fin-de-siäcle magic seems to be failing for essays."
Solipsism, as much as skillfulness, is what the contributors to this year's collection seem to have most in common. ``A good essay for me is an essay that pleases me,'' guest editor Kincaid (Lucy, 1990, etc.) declares in her introduction, setting the pace for the overweening, self-indulgent egos that parade through the rest of the volume, coedited by series editor Atwan. Read full book review >

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY MOTHER by Jamaica Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Vintage, tough, cool Kincaid prose, though telling a story that ultimately chills and repels. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
Kincaid's ambitious new novel of Caribbean life (after Lucy, 1990, etc.) begins with the tantalizing promise of a memorable story about strong mothers and daughters—but then turns into a rhetorical riff on familiar ills of our time. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS HOME by Greg Kincaid
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Although rated for adults, Kincaid's writing level seems more compatible with young adult novels in both verbiage and complexity."
The latest in Kincaid's series about a developmentally challenged young man and his penchant for helping dogs is pleasant enough, but breaks no new ground. Read full book review >

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PRETENDING THE BED IS A RAFT by Nanci Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"Kincaid may well blossom into one of the better storytellers around."
An entertaining and occasionally dazzling first collection from Kincaid, the Florida-born author of the novel Crossing Blood (1992). Read full book review >

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AS HOT AS IT WAS YOU OUGHT TO THANK ME by Nanci Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Sometimes denser than a tangle of snakes, but Berry's story never fails to engage."
Feisty teenager copes with first love, glasses, disasters, and wayward adults in this fourth novel from Kincaid. (Verbena, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >