Search Results: "Karen Shepard"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CELESTIALS by Karen Shepard
Released: June 11, 2013

"Balancing cultural history with soap opera isn't easy, but Shepard manages to succeed on both counts."
Shepard's (An Empire of Women, 2000, etc.) latest novel is based on a true piece of labor history: In 1870, Calvin Sampson, who owned a shoe factory in North Adams, Mass., broke a strike by importing 75 Chinese immigrants who worked at reduced rates. Read full book review >

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AN EMPIRE OF WOMEN by Karen Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A cerebral study of self-absorbed women that never dares to question its own artistic pretensions."
A half-successful debut focusing on three very different women and the family ties that keep them together despite their outsider status in three different cultures: Chinese, French, and American. Read full book review >

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KISS ME SOMEONE by Karen Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Dark and sexually violent, Shepard's work can disturb—but her sharp prose and insights into the human psyche make it worth the read."
Women bear the dark consequences of infidelity, lies, and other betrayals. Read full book review >

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ELVIS HORNBILL, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BIRD by Steve Shepard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1991

A role-reversal for the 90's: the narrator and his wife, Americans living in Africa, adopt a hornbill and name him Elvis, hoping he'll become a rock star. Read full book review >

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YOU THINK THAT'S BAD by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2011

"The narrator of one story in this collection writes that, when the weather rages, communication is 'reduced to hand signals with mittens.' Some of this writing feels like that."
A story collection of expansive postmodernism that combines bursts of humor with flashes of tragedy. Read full book review >

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KAREN ENGLISH
by Megan Labrise

The inspiration for Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Karen English’s latest middle grade novel all comes down to one unforgettable quote.

“We had a housekeeper,” says English, who was born in 1954 and grew up in Los Angeles, “and she pulled me aside one day, when I was about nine, and told me that, if I ever went ...


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BOOK REVIEW

JUBILEE KING by Jesse Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Weak stories, artificial people, real horses."
First-timer Shepard writes here about people and horses: far more convincingly so with the horses. Read full book review >

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ETERNITY by Lucius Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2005

"Shepard's mastery of technique, surrealism and sheer spectacle blazes forth, but beneath the razzle-dazzle lies—nothing much."
Death and the afterlife are predominant themes in these seven tales from Shepard (Valentine, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2008

"Contains a number of intriguing, new details that diminish the standing of those who drove Nixon from office."
A Nixon White House staffer revisits Watergate and deems it principally "a highly partisan political maneuver led by, and for the benefit of, Teddy Kennedy." Read full book review >

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THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF THE LIGHT by Jim Shepard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shepard's ruminations occasionally get caught up in knots, but he finds new relevance in every movie he endeavors to explore."
Essays on a handful of contemporary classic films and what they reveal about American politics. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2008

"A readable account that gives a vivid taste of life in present-day India as well as a poignant glimpse of complicated family relations."
Documentary filmmaker Shepard searches for her history deep in the heart of India's tiny Jewish community. Read full book review >