Search Results: "Julia Phillips Smith"


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BOUND BY DRAGONSFYRE by Julia Phillips Smith
Released: June 21, 2012

"A fantasy novel with an overdramatic hero, set in an overly vague fantasy world."
In Smith's (Saint Sanguinus, 2011) fantasy novel, a falconer's apprentice braves political intrigue—and dragons. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 5, 2001

"A clever premise inadequately executed, shedding little light on either Greene or the places he explored."
London journalist Smith takes a superficial look at several of the countries that inspired Graham Greene. Read full book review >

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JULIA GLASS
by Kerri Arsenault

Julia Glass, author of A House Among the Trees, speaks to me wearing sweaty badminton clothes. Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she lives, operates one of the few remaining private badminton clubs—Gut‘n Feathers—in the United States. “If I have a routine, it’s not writing; it’s playing badminton as often as I can,” she says. Her love of the sport mirrors the ...


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HOT NEW RELEASES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

This week I’m wishing desperately to be at BEA, but since I can’t manage that, I’m immersing myself in some great reads. You too?

Over the past month, I was lucky enough to get my hands (and ears) on a few new releases from some favorite authors.

If you’ve had the chance to read any of these, I’d ...


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GIN PHILLIPS
by Megan Labrise

Gin Phillips had no intention of writing summer’s most scintillating literary thriller.

“I wanted to write a book about motherhood,” Phillips says of Fierce Kingdom, the story of a mother and four-year-old son trapped in their local zoo by an active shooter event.

“I was aware it was a faster plot than I normally focus on,” she says ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE RIVER BELOW by Francois Cheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The River Below has its moments—quite a few, actually—as an account of its protagonist's education and as a symbolic orchestration of its several controlling themes, but it isn't much of a novel."
An ambitious and eloquent, though unfortunately sluggish, novel of ideas—the first from a distinguished art and literary critic—arrives here bearing France's 1998 Prix Femina, among other effusive accolades. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Phillips's rebirth is a beautiful thing to behold, fresh air rushing through a scarred system."
A hard-bitten, working-class childhood on the fringes of decaying Buffalo, New York, goes a long way toward rendering freelancer Phillips's memoir into a plaint, an extended ache that finds its way right into the reader's heart. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH DRAMA by Debra Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"A tiresome attempt at contemporary romance."
Set in the gated communities of Los Angeles, studded with luxury goods of all kinds, an ostensibly comic romance recounts one very spoiled young woman's journey to the altar. Read full book review >

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THE ARTIST’S WIFE by Max Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2001

"Unlike his high-minded heroine, Phillips (Snakebite Sonnet, 1998) scrupulously avoids any worship at the shrine of art: the result, thankfully, is highly entertaining."
An inventive, vividly written fictional autobiography of Alma Mahler (1879-1964). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 1996

This hit parade of psychological and mythical views of a basic family bond teems with good intentions but fails to spark with originality or humanistic warmth. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2001

"Intellectually stimulating and refreshingly unbiased."
In his new collection of essays, Phillips (The Beast in the Nursery, 1998, etc.), former principal child psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, attempts to wed his first love (literature) with his second (psychoanalysis). Read full book review >

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HIGH HAND by Gary Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Here's hoping Phillips buffs up his prose, because Chainey's too good to give up."
Even Ross Macdonald produced occasional howlers like "prone on her back," but in this series icebreaker by the creator of Ivan Monk (Bad Night Is Falling, 1998, etc.), a veritable fusillade of solecisms ("looking for an egress into the Apex building" is merely the most egregious) mars the otherwise brilliant debut of Martha Chainey. Read full book review >