Search Results: "Jane Smiley"


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SMILEY by Joanne  George
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An appealing and upbeat biography of a winsome dog with a plucky and compassionate owner. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Smiley is a rescued, disabled golden retriever with such a mellow and kind disposition that he has become a highly effective therapy dog. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Engrossing. Smiley takes science history and injects it with a touch of noir and an exciting clash of vanities."
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Smiley (Private Life, 2010, etc.) looks at the curious personalities and tortured paths that led to the first computer(s). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 16, 2005

"Stimulating, provocative and unfailingly intelligent—in short, vintage Smiley."
Bracing literary criticism from a practitioner's point of view. Read full book review >

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THE ALL-TRUE TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES OF LIDIE NEWTON by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 1998

"Little else goes awry, though, in the richly entertaining saga of a woman who might have been well matched with Thomas Berger's 'Little Big Man,' and whom Huck Finn would have been proud to claim as his big sister."
Smiley (Moo, 1995, etc.) scales another peak with this bighearted and thoughtful picaresque novel set mostly in the Kansas Territory shortly before the Civil War. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1995 by Jane Smiley
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"A strong addition to the venerable series."
The eightieth anniversary issue of this annual series displays a catholicity of taste that's often been missing from previous volumes. Read full book review >

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MOO by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1995

"Not as intellectually or morally challenging as the Pulitzer Prize-winner can be at her best, but Smiley coasting is still more stimulating than most writers trying their hardest."
A comic novel proves an agreeable change of pace for the ordinarily serious-minded Smiley (A Thousand Acres, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2004

"The surety and glow of her prose fragrantly convey the author's sensuous and protective love for horses; she's the kind of mother any foal would be lucky to have."
Novelist Smiley (Good Faith, 2003, etc.) portrays her life with horses in a text full of quirks, neuroses, personal insights, theories, and lots of polished vignettes. Read full book review >

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HORSE HEAVEN by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2000

"If one named Jane Smiley ever shows up in the racing form, you might just want to bet the farm on her."
A fast-paced, fetchingly detailed, wide-angled view of the world of horse breeding-and-racing—and another lively illustration of Smiley's industrious literary work-ethic and gift for transmuting the products of her obviously extensive research into compelling fiction. Read full book review >

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ORDINARY LOVE AND GOOD WILL by Jane Smiley
Released: Nov. 9, 1989

"Smiley's best to date."
In these handsomely crafted novellas, as in The Age of Grief (1987) and other works, Smiley (The Greenlanders, 1988) sets within the fussy patterns of familial interaction the inexplicable—sudden, volcanic surfacings of rage or desire that transform a seemingly secure life into a new landscape of compromise and sad wisdom. Read full book review >

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THE GREENLANDERS by Jane Smiley
Released: April 18, 1988

"A bleak, stirring picture of the slow slouch towards the death of a civilization."
Smiley (Duplicate Keys, The Age of Grief, etc.) has produced a bulky, sometimes spectacular saga of 14th-century Greenland—a tapestry of hunger, revenge and the disintegration of social institutions. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 23, 1987

"Here, Smiley's words seem ultimately little more than lengthy captions for the book's 50 photographs."
A sentimental and disappointing portrait of the tribe of men and women who work with their hands. Read full book review >