Search Results: "Jean Adair Shriver"


BOOK REVIEW

MAYFLOWER MAN by Jean Adair Shriver
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

Caleb Brewster, 14, has been raised by his grandmother to ignore his widowed mother and cling to his heritage, embodied by the family farm in Massachusetts, which dates back to the 1600s. Read full book review >

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Not for the faint-hearted or those contemplating parenthood."
The bad seed/nurture vs. nature theme updated as a teenaged sniper's mother tries to understand the why behind her son's criminality, in a series of letters to her not so mysteriously absent husband. Read full book review >

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THOMAS ALVA EDISON by Gene Adair
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"This foray into the workshops of a gifted and prolific inventor is fascinating. (b&w photos, reproductions, diagrams, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12+)"
The latest entry in the Oxford Portraits in Science series chronicles the life of ``the wizard of Menlo Park'' from his beginnings as a budding telegrapher and troublemaker, through his major inventions, and up to his death in 1931, a wealthy, self-made American hero. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

An offbeat, engaging footnote to a standard-bearer of "gay literature, of what might whimsically be defined as ‘homotextuality.' " When Thomas Mann laid eyes on the seraphic Wladyslaw Moes, a young aristocratic Pole vacationing in Venice, it was as though this vision of youth—"this sailor-suited ephebe," writes novelist Adair (Love and Death on Long Island, not reviewed, etc.)—delivered intact the entire narrative of Death in Venice to Mann. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2001

"An honest, moving account of family life gone haywire."
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Lara turns to memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE HEAT by Cherry Adair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2007

"A predictable love story."
Pheromones—of the hate him, love him, hate him, live happily ever after variety—cloud the heroine's judgment in Adair's (Edge of Darkness, 2006, etc.) latest romantic suspense novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"For anyone concerned with the continual cycles of vengeance and retaliation in our world, Shriver's book offers a well-argued vision of hope."
A compelling case for forgiveness—traditionally thought of as the way to heal disputes between persons—as the route to better relations between peoples. Read full book review >

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FULLY ALIVE by Timothy Shriver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Sincere, profound and deeply satisfying."
A Kennedy family scion's moving story of how working on behalf of the socially marginalized and intellectually disabled opened his heart to new ways of understanding himself and others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SO MUCH FOR THAT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2010

"An overly schematic but powerful study of both marriage and medical care."
The American health-care system decimates the emotions and finances of one well-meaning citizen in the latest novel by the provocative Shriver (The Post-Birthday World, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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DOUBLE FAULT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A persistently melodramatic tone doesn't disguise the tragedy in this moving, resonant tale of two sparkling careers and two decent people unable to live in harmony."
Fully using the strongest part of her game—psychological insight—Shriver (The Bleeding Heart, 1990, etc.) tracks the fleeting joy and prolonged despair of a young couple, both rising tennis stars, who find their love imperiled by one another's fierce urge to win. ``Love me, love my game,'' says petite, 23-year-old Willy to lanky Eric on their second meeting, after a first encounter in Manhattan's Riverside Park in which Willy cleaned his clock. Read full book review >

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THE MANDIBLES by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An imperfect but savvy commingling of apocalyptic and polemic."
Shriver, nobody's idea of an optimist about the present day, delivers a dire vision of near-future America. Read full book review >