Search Results: "Jillian Becker"


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

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THE SEPTEMBER SISTERS by Jillian Cantor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Those with a fondness for problem novels will find the interminable details more satisfying than the banal resolution. (Fiction. YA)"
Abigail and her younger sister Becky seem to live in a '50s sitcom, until Becky disappears. Read full book review >

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The House of Baric Part Two by Jillian Bald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2016

"A continuation—and deepening—of a saga set in the Balkans in the early modern period."
In this second volume of a sweeping trilogy of 17th-century Croatia, the arrival of a baron's brother-in-law and his men disrupts castle life. Read full book review >

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SOME GIRLS by Jillian Lauren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 2010

"A gritty, melancholy memoir leavened by the author's amiable, engrossing narrative tenor."
The journey of a teenaged theater-school dropout enticed into traveling to Southeast Asia to be a "harem girl." Read full book review >

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THE LOST LETTER by Jillian Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Cantor has done her research thoroughly to produce another captivating historical novel. Excellent writing, unusual storytelling, and sympathetic characters make a winning combination."
Moving seamlessly between Austria in 1938 and Los Angeles in 1989, this novel connects a grim history to a more hopeful present. Read full book review >

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THE STELLOW PROJECT by Shari Becker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 23, 2015

"Rough spots in the plotting drag down picture-book author Becker's debut for teens. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A pair of teenagers uncovers familial secrets after environmental terrorists wreak havoc on New York City. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 16, 1996

"A manual of room arrangement and garden design combined with a view of a now-extinct lifestyle where newspapers were ironed for weekend guests that should capture students of design and history. (16 pages color photos, 150 b&w photos, not seen)"
Romantic family history meets interior design and gardening in this life of Virginia-born Nancy Lancaster, who gets credit here for creating the English Country style—homey chintz in baronial spaces. Read full book review >

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BLUESTOWN by Geoffrey Becker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"A superlative debut, from a writer of very great promise. (Author tour)"
A marvelous first novel about growing up confused and trying to adjust to the imperfections of people who are supposed to know better (like your parents), from the author of the story collection Dangerous Men (1995—not reviewed). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 2014

"First-rate reporting informs this thrilling narrative of hope."
A New York Times reporter delivers a gripping narrative about the recent court battles involving California's Proposition 8 (which outlawed gay marriage) and the Defense of Marriage Act. Read full book review >