Search Results: "Joanna Scott"


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FOLLOW ME by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2009

"Scott's luminous prose, references to world events and hints of magical realism never quite coalesce, but Sally is a character of mythic proportions."
Scott (Everybody Loves Somebody, 2006, etc.) follows the life journey of an impoverished farm girl who repeatedly reinvents herself as she moves from town to town in northern Pennsylvania. Read full book review >

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LIBERATION by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Unequal to Scott's best work (The Manikin, 1996, etc.), but her voice remains one of contemporary fiction's most eloquent and essential."
Scott continues to swim against the literary mainstream with her seventh novel, set on the island of Elba and in the mind and memory of an elderly Italian-American woman. Read full book review >

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THE MANIKIN by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A richly atmospheric and literary gothic romp, with settings as realistic and perfectly rendered as Craxton's animals: a novel that splendidly reinforces Scott's reputation as an original and imaginative writer."
Like a consummate magician, Scott (Arrogance, 1990; Various Antidotes, 1994; etc.) conjures up a magic domain in rural New York where a large house, its strange contents, and a white Arctic owl enthrall—and then finally expel—the house's inhabitants. Read full book review >

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DE POTTER'S GRAND TOUR by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Scott has crafted an understated, atmospheric historical novel as well as an artful mystery set in an era of steamer ships and steam trains, when tourism was new and world travel was a glamorous and sometimes-perilous adventure."
A dilettante, scholar manqué and artifact collector who may or may not be a member of the Belgian aristocracy reinvents himself in late-19th-century New York, embarking on a career as an international tour guide with the assistance of his devoted American wife. Read full book review >

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TOURMALINE by Joanna Scott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 2002

"A book, this time, that in manner and method is in excess of the tale it's telling—a size-four story in a size-twelve suit."
The talented Scott (Make Believe, 2000, etc.) makes a big story out of a small one, resulting in a novel one moment compelling, the next in longueurs. Read full book review >

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MAKE BELIEVE by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2000

"Scott just keeps getting better."
An ingenious dramatization of the turbulent thoughts of a four-year-old boy makes something special of this otherwise somewhat contrived tale of the consequences of an interracial love affair—the fifth novel from the ambitious Scott (The Manikin, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2006

"One of America's most underrated, important writers, Scott gets better with every book. A must-read."
The prolific, protean Scott's latest is a collection of ten thematically linked stories that comprise an episodic history of love in the previous century. Read full book review >

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CAREERS FOR WOMEN by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Plenty of interesting material that this talented author should have developed more fully."
A Rona Jaffe-esque office drama mingles with an environmental morality tale à la Barbara Kingsolver in Scott's latest (De Potter's Grand Tour, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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VARIOUS ANTIDOTES by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Sensitively nuanced insights into the more macabre manifestations of human behavior, by a writer of admirable originality."
A first collection from Scott (Arrogance, 1990, etc.) explores, in luminous prose, the obdurate nature of obsession in real and imaginary characters. Read full book review >

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PRIMED AND READY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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Released: March 28, 1997

"A beautiful story, indebted both to Larry Brown's Dirty Work and Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato, but with a gentleness and compassion all its own."
A Vietnam novel that was inspired by Scott's nonfiction compilation, Indochina's Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam (1989, not reviewed). Read full book review >