Search Results: "Jillian Becker"


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JILLIAN by Halle Butler
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A novel that reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter in the face of outrageously painted everyday sadness."
In this wickedly disaffected, sometimes-funny debut novel, Butler creates a story of two exceedingly unhappy women, both sliding into a downward spiral shaped by everyday misery and petty hatreds. Read full book review >

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"An election-year must-read."
Becker's novel, republished from 1995, imagines an alternate political reality. Read full book review >

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GIVING UP by Jillian Becker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2003

"Thoughtful and intelligent: a welcome corrective to the legend."
A British writer with whom the poet spent her last weekend perceptively details her final days while offering her own insights into Plath's death, marriage, and ambitions. Read full book review >

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JILLIAN CADE by Jen Klein
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not a meal but an entertainingly tasty snack on the light side of the genre. (Paranormal romance. 12-15) "
With well-earned cynicism, high school junior Jillian is trying to carry on Umbra Investigations, her absent father's business and area of "expertise": he's a paranormal researcher, or, in Jillian's words, a trafficker "in bullshit." Read full book review >

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The Rise of Dirck Becker by Judith K. White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2016

"A satisfying trip back in time takes readers to the Dutch Republic in the 17th century."
In this concluding volume of a historical fiction trilogy set in the 1600s, a farm boy with a remarkable memory pursues a new life in Amsterdam while searching for a girl he encountered as a child. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Meticulous, squalidly atmospheric reconstruction of a landmark case."
A sensational 1912 murder dissected as a watershed event in the history of organized crime in New York City. Read full book review >

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SEX WITH SHAKESPEARE by Jillian Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A raunchy memoir revealing a visceral connection to the Bard."
With a fetish for being spanked, Keenan sees sex in nearly every Shakespearean play. Read full book review >

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THE HOURS COUNT by Jillian Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Plot twists tease the reader into wondering who's telling the truth, who's working for the KGB or the FBI, but despite its historical context, the book reads like a predictable, although engaging, love story."
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, caught by the Cold War. Read full book review >

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FORBIDDEN TO LOVE THE DUKE by Jillian Hunter
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A witty and warmhearted charmer with a fairy-tale romance aspect."
After a scandal, Lady Ivy Fenwick and her sisters have been living as recluses in their crumbling Tudor mansion. Facing destitution, Ivy comes out of hiding to apply for a job as a nanny for a neighboring duke—a duke she once kissed and never forgot. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"Though not unique in its revelations, the book offers inspiration for people who are taking those first rocky steps on the road to self-improvement."
The Biggest Loser's Michaels (Master Your Metabolism, 2009, etc.) crafts a guide to self-improvement and fulfillment. Read full book review >

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HISTORY OF FRANCE THROUGH ART by Jillian Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"This volume elicits little excitement for either France or its art; the coverage is perfunctory, never stirring. (chronology, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An entry in the History Through Art series, intended to trace the history of France by discussing its art, which at first seems like a natural way to recall the times before photography and film existed. Read full book review >