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BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING RED by Jennifer Gilmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"A very adult, mildly flawed domestic drama."
A Jewish family struggles with the politics of desire during the tumultuous Reagan '80s. Read full book review >

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THE MOTHERS by Jennifer Gilmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2013

"Heartbreak occasionally spiced with hilarity characterizes this persuasive docu-novel that scrutinizes mothers with limited sentimentality."
The low-key yet wrenching story of a Brooklyn couple who, after cancer and failed fertility treatment, endure more, different pain in their fixation to achieve parenthood. Read full book review >

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WE WERE NEVER HERE by Jennifer Gilmore
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 14, 2016

"The romance is so-so, but the dual portrayal of friendship and adjustment to a rarely discussed condition is sensitive and insightful. (Romance. 14-18)"
After 16-year-old Lizzie doubles over at summer camp, she enters the hospital and a "horror movie" of pain, tests, and vulnerability. Read full book review >

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GOLDEN COUNTRY by Jennifer Gilmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"In an overstuffed plot studded with historical minutiae, the story's small domestic and internal moments are what ring true."
Gilmore debuts with a familiar yet evocative multigenerational epic intertwining the lives of Jewish immigrants as they rise from humble beginnings in Brooklyn to positions of power in science, business and the theater. Read full book review >

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A GROUP OF ONE by Rachna Gilmore
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Development of some minor characters is weak (Raj, the father, never comes to life), but Tara, Rohini, and Naniji are strong women who fight back against the tone of didacticism that sometimes floats to the surface. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Irreverent and sassy, Tara-My-Stara (as her hip mom calls her) is determined to be a "regular Canadian," not a hyphenated one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 1998

"Not an essential volume, but Gilmore's angles are consistently provocative."
Essays on pop culture by longtime Rolling Stone contributor Gilmore, steeped in the same sensitivity to moral and emotional darkness that made his memoir, Shot in the Heart (1994), a classic American horror story. Read full book review >

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THE EXCHANGE STUDENT by Kate Gilmore
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Gilmore shows that Earth might end, not with a bang, but without a bleat, meow, bark, or chirp. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Budding zoologist Daria lives in 2094, 70 years after an environmental crash; the near-extinction of many species of animals puts her in the enviable position of helping replenish Earth by raising creatures in a home zoo. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Though Gilmore offers insights into the star's troubled life, this book is mainly for Dean fans and devotees of celebrity sex. (b&w photos, not seen)"
In a coarse memoir, a longtime friend of the 1950s movie idol recalls his rise to fame, obsession with death, and—in exasperatingly great detail—his bisexual exploits. Read full book review >

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Manhattan Beach is not the novel Jennifer Egan set out to write, in large part because Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winner, doesn’t write by following plans. “I don’t really know what I’m going to do before I do it,” she tells me over salads—she recommends the arugula, “if you’re in a salad-y mood, it’s very salad-y”—at Olea in her ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"For Americans who believe the modern civil-rights movement began with the Montgomery bus boycott, Gilmore ably readjusts the record."
Gilmore (History/Yale Univ.; Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920, 1996) reconstructs the battle of radical Southern activists against Jim Crow in the three decades preceding Brown v. Board of Education. Read full book review >

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THE IMPROPER LIFE OF BEZELLIA GROVE by Susan Gregg Gilmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"An off-putting mix of stereotypes and platitudes in an unconvincing plot."
Gilmore (Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, 2008) concocts a poor-little-rich-girl story set in civil-rights-era Nashville. Read full book review >