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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EARLY WARNING by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Sags a bit, as trilogy middle sections often do, but strong storytelling and a judicious number of loose ends will keep most readers looking forward to the promised third volume."
Opening with the 1953 funeral of patriarch Walter, Smiley follows the Langdon family introduced in Some Luck (2014, etc.) through its second and third generations. Read full book review >

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TEN DAYS IN THE HILLS by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2007

"A couple of touching moments toward the end can't redeem this surprising misstep from one of our most gifted novelists."
Smiley, who won a Pulitzer for transplanting King Lear to 1970s Iowa (A Thousand Acres, 1991), sets her modern-day version of The Decameron in Hollywood. And it's no prize-winner. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Jane Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2002

"A successful attempt to deepen the way we read Dickens, with clues to finding him in his own characters and words."
Pulitzer-winning novelist Smiley (Horse Heaven, 2000, etc.) brings her fluid prose to a fresh and insightful look, through a psychological lens, at the life of Dickens. Read full book review >

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DUPLICATE KEYS by Jane Smiley
Released: March 1, 1983

"A blurry, ambitious cluster of themes, then, never coming into focus—or rising above the murder-melodrama format."
Smiley, a gifted novelist of family-relations (Born Blind, At Paradise Gate), goes murkily astray this time—in a Manhattan murder-mystery that probes, with talky stiffness, the inter-relations among an unappealing group of old Minnesota college friends, now all early-30s New Yorkers. Read full book review >

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BARN BLIND by Jane Smiley
Released: June 2, 1980

"A devastating probe of a woman sealed within that (to most of us) alien world of the track and paddock; special—but deep-driving."
In this unusual first novel Smiley, with flawless command of the shaky grandeurs and gritty drudgery which can absorb the equestrian fancy, matches the openended rigors of the discipline with one woman's tragically destructive obsession. Read full book review >

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PRIVATE LIFE by Jane Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Her most ferocious novel since the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres (1991) and every bit as good."
Smiley roars back from the disappointing Ten Days in the Hills (2007) with a scarifying tale of stifling marriage and traumatizing losses. Read full book review >