Search Results: "Julie Phillips"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"A compelling portrait of a conflicted feminist."
Finely detailed biography of a woman whose ascension as a cult figure writing as a man was the most visible facet of her fascinating and, in the end, tragic life. Read full book review >

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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

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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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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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 >

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JUDY & LIZA & ROBERT & FREDDIE & DAVID & SUE & ME... by Stevie Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"An unsparing look at the dark side of show business."
Adventures among the stars. Read full book review >

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NIGHTSHADE by Robert Phillips
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"For such, this is a useful collection; but aficionados may find they already own nearly half of its contents."
This successor to Phillips's successful 1989 collection, The Triumph of the Night, likewise fulfills critic Edmund Wilson's prescription for an anthology offering "stories by really first-rate modern writers" that favor psychological nuance over Gothic paraphernalia. Read full book review >

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TUSCALOOSA by Glasgow Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"A tightly controlled, masterful debut with a unique voice: this 24-year-old author's gift for character, drama, and ironic understatement should take him far."
A passive-aggressive southern boy puts his past to rest in this debut novel: a honey-voiced tale edged with pitch-black humor and simmering with intimations of violence. Read full book review >

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ON BALANCE by Adam Phillips
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Not quite a cohesive collection, but the author provides polished ponderables for all readers."
A set of beguiling essays from British psychoanalyst Phillips (Going Sane: Maps of Happiness, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOUDINI’S BOX by Adam Phillips
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2001

"No blinding insights here, but rather a scaffolding of Freudian interpretation that feels highly provisional when not downright rickety."
Tentative explorations into what it means to escape, from noted British psychoanalyst Phillips (The Beast in the Nursery, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Intense and enigmatic, tense and tender, this novel offers no easy answers—its deeper meanings may mystify—but it grabs you up, propels you along, and leaves you gasping, grasping, and ready to read it again."
In a novel that's part love story, part urban thriller, Phillips (And Yet They Were Happy, 2011, etc.) captures the way an isolating job and an indifferent city can stealthily steal our lives and erode our souls—and the protective, nourishing power of love.Read full book review >