Search Results: "Julie Schumacher"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BODY IS WATER by Julie Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1995

"An uneven—and, resultingly, thin—debut from a writer with talent."
First-novelist Schumacher conveys the pain of family life in wonderful, muted, edgy prose, but her story, shaped around a swelling pregnancy, feels hollow in the middle. Read full book review >

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AN EXPLANATION FOR CHAOS by Julie Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"Tuning one moment into the frequency of Flannery O'Connor, another into that of J. D. Salinger, Schumacher nevertheless shows the rare true strength of a voice in fiction that could become its very own."
In spite of periodic slumps into the hyper-familiar, stories from novelist Schumacher (The Body is Water, 1995) are also capable of ascending to the unusually intelligent, confident, and moving. Read full book review >

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DEAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS by Julie Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Truth is stranger than fiction in this acid satire of the academic doldrums."
A disgruntled English professor pours out his hopes, affections and frustrations in an interconnected series of recommendation letters. Read full book review >

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THE CHAIN LETTER by Julie Schumacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2005

"A lively, enjoyable read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Do we make our own luck, good or bad? Read full book review >

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Released: May 8, 2012

"Smart and insightful. (Realistic fiction. 12 & up)"
In a novel tailor-made for literature teachers, four unwilling high-school girls and their mothers join a summer book club with both comic and tragic results. Read full book review >

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BLACK BOX by Julie Schumacher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Fittingly, the novel doesn't resolve neatly; although it ends on a note of healing and hope, its strength is in the way it allows readers to see the messy, ugly complexities of mental illness and witness the collateral damage it wreaks on the entire family. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Sisters Dora and Elena had been as close as "right and left hands laced tight together," but temperamentally they were completely different; Dora was the "storm on the horizon," while Elena was "the needle that always pointed to steady." Read full book review >

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GRASS ANGEL by Julie Schumacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2004

"A gentle, sweet story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Frances Cressen's mother tries on religions like some people try on clothes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 1999

"When it ends and the glazed eyes refocus, you're left with the unsettling realization you've just spent 500 pages on the man who directed One From the Heart. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The director of perhaps the finest film of the past 30 years is presented as erratic, grandiose, and mysteriously boring for so great an artist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Rings the doorbell on your heart, your brain, and your love of great verse. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Strong, wonderfully absorbing life of Beat bard Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926) that breaks new ground in its critical analyses of the poet's work; by Schumacher (Reasons to Believe, 1988—not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TATTERED BOX by Paul Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2016

"A well-crafted, if conventional, time-travel tale."
A teenager travels back to 1941 and encounters his grandfather in this YA debut. Read full book review >

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WILL EISNER by Michael Schumacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Engaging for both the curious and the ardent fan."
This biography of visionary pioneer Will Eisner (1917-2005) also includes a compact history of the progression from comic books to graphic novels. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF THE EARTH by Anna Schumacher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sequel that fulfills its predecessor's promises. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The buildup to and final culmination of prophecies from End Times (2014).Read full book review >