Search Results: "Joyce Maynard"


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THE BEST OF US by Joyce Maynard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A moving tribute to the evergreen lessons of the heart."
An acclaimed novelist recounts how a brief late-life marriage taught her the meaning of partnership. Read full book review >

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THE USUAL RULES by Joyce Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2003

"Profound, no, but sincere and heartfelt: could be the affirmative novel about 9/11 that a lot of readers are waiting for."
Maynard (Where Love Goes, 1995, etc.) rushes into the breach with the story of a 13-year-old girl whose mother is killed on September 11, 2001. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE by Joyce Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Maynard's (After Her, 2013, etc.) expert narration and plotting plant the seeds for the explosive events at the end of her tale."
With friends like these…. Read full book review >

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LABOR DAY by Joyce Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Maynard expertly tugs heartstrings in a tidy tale."
A pubescent boy learns about sorrow and regret during one blisteringly hot holiday weekend. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD DAUGHTERS by Joyce Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Simple, sentimental and symmetrical, this is a limited narrative stretched out over novel length."
Rural America cross-fertilizes with Bohemia in a story of tangled family ties. Read full book review >

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WHERE LOVE GOES by Joyce Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Older and wiser: Maynard's best yet. (First serial to Good Housekeeping and Redbook; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Maynard, long proclaimed by the media to be the spokesperson for the baby-boomer generation, may have finally grown into that role herein a novel about divorce, love, and raising children that hits home harder than anything she's pitched at us before (To Die For, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CLOUD CHAMBER by Joyce Maynard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2005

"Readers drawn to quiet, complex character stories will appreciate this emotionally true offering. (Fiction. 13-17)"
The school bus drops Nate off one afternoon, and everything has changed: Police cruisers are perched round his house, and an officer is leading Nate's father into an ambulance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Painful, intimate and blood-spattered: a gripping true-crime tale."
Novelist Maynard (The Cloud Chamber, 2005, etc.) examines a real-life murder for the nasty truths it reveals about a family of four torn apart by its pursuit of the American dream. Read full book review >

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AFTER HER by Joyce Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"There's fluency and insight here but also a shortage of subtlety, with the book's underpinnings too visible through its skin."
Cycling through big themes—love for a flawed father and a loyal sister; the pursuit of a serial killer; coming-of-age/receiving of family wisdom—Maynard's (The Good Daughters, 2010, etc.) latest starts strong but fades. Read full book review >

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TO DIE FOR by Joyce Maynard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A more penetrating writer could have a field day analyzing recent popular fiction's disavowal of the tawdry culture that continues to grip it as tightly as Suzanne holds Jimmy."
Perky, aspiring newscaster Suzanne Maretto persuades her teenaged lover and his buddy to kill her straight-arrow husband; just deserts follow for all. Read full book review >

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PONDFIRE by Bill Maynard
Released: March 1, 2000

"This fast-moving, predictable fare has some great action sequences, with appeal for mystery fans. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Maynard (Quiet, Wyatt!, 1999) makes fire the pivotal plot element in this short, episodic action novel. Read full book review >