Search Results: "Jean McGarry"


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NO HARM DONE by Jean McGarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2017

"McGarry at her best pushes the envelope just past realism in a way that can be comic, creepy, and poignant, putting her in the school of Lorrie Moore and George Saunders."
Short stories dominated by postwar Irish-American families and marked by an entertainingly strange sensibility. Read full book review >

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GALLAGHER'S TRAVELS by Jean McGarry
Released: July 31, 1997

A fictional account of a young woman's struggles to become an investigative journalist in the early '70s is informative at its best, plodding and colorless at its worst. Read full book review >

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DREAM DATE by Jean McGarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2002

"Reading McGarry's stories (Home at Last<\I>, 1994, etc.) is to be surprised and delighted."
After a second novel (Gallagher's Travels, 1997), McGarry returns to her strength, the short story, with a knockout fourth collection of wonderfully honed, superbly quirky tales exploring the modern-day crises of relationship-weary men and women. Read full book review >

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THE COURAGE OF GIRLS by Jean McGarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 1992

"Cyrs, almost completely."
After two books of linked short stories about Irish Catholics in Providence, Rhode Island, McGarry uses her first novel to track another Providence native, a dÇclassÇ lapsed Catholic who moves to New York. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 26, 1986

"All told, a welcome and important addition to the Rhys canon."
What may be the comprehensive Rhys short-story collection: a republication of the stories included in The Left Bank (1927); Tigers are Better-Looking (1969), and Sleep it Off, Lady (1976) as well as three stories that have not been previously issued in book form. Read full book review >

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JEAN RHYS by Carole Angier
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 1991

"Perhaps Angier's exhaustive but unsorted research will be of value to some future biographer who will do justice to Rhys, a fine writer."
This detailed study of the author of Quartet and Wide Sargasso Sea seems not so much a biography as a collection of annotated note cards and unedited lecture notes. Read full book review >

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JEAN COCTEAU by Claude Arnaud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Arnaud's biography provides a useful corrective and will inspire renewed interest in Cocteau's work."
The first substantial life of the French surrealist writer and artist to appear in English since 1970. Read full book review >

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PETIT JEAN by William B. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The intense regional focus means the book will appeal mainly to visitors to the area and teachers of Arkansas history. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 7-11)"
A young Frenchwoman masquerades as a boy in order to accompany her fiance to the New World in 1732. Read full book review >

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JEAN LAFFITE by Susan Goldman Rubin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, this will suffice as an introduction for die-hard pirate fans and add an interesting, quirky footnote to American history. (author's note, bibliography, index) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
Who knew that some pirates in the old days were Jewish and fought on the side of the good guys? Mateys, meet Jean Laffite, a real pirate of the Caribbean. Read full book review >

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JEAN-CHRISTOPHE by Romain Rolland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"But persistence and concentration do pay off: Rolland's artist-hero is explored with an empathetic thoroughness that is rare in fiction, and readers who truly apply themselves to this frustrating masterwork may well feel that they have, in so doing, experienced something very like an education."
Romain Rolland (18661944), who won the 1915 Nobel Prize for Literature, was a versatile and indefatigable man of letters, best remembered today for this massive roman-fleuve (published in three volumes, between 1902 and 1912), which may best be described as the history of a great musician's sensibility, the growth of his art, and the realization of his goal—roughly, the expression of man's moral nature through the creation of art. Read full book review >

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JEAN RENOIR by Ronald Bergan
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 1994

"A charming work that successfully and lovingly evokes the world of one of the cinema's true giants."
Film historian Bergan (The United Artists Story, not reviewed) contributes a warm and intelligent new biography of the great French filmmaker to the celebration of the centennial of his birth this fall. Read full book review >

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PRACTICAL JEAN by Trevor Cole
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A shudder-inducing satire that meditates more on the dysfunctions of the living than on the tragedies of the dead."
A mourning suburban daughter takes out her grief via murder. Read full book review >