Search Results: "Kathryn Harrison"


BOOK REVIEW

TRUE CRIMES by Kathryn Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Given the autobiographical design of the collection, it may seem churlish to attack the book for going where the author so often has gone before; yet Harrison is self-aware to the point of self-absorption and self-effacing to a fault. However, the author's intelligence shines, and these ruminations may encourage some to confront their own anxieties."
Memoirist and novelist Harrison (Creative Writing/Hunter Coll.; Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, 2014, etc.) again taps the well of her personal life for a series of essays dealing with long-standing preoccupations and compulsive navel-gazing, the result being an alternately compelling and uncomfortable reading experience.Read full book review >

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ENVY by Kathryn Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2005

"An unsparing examination of the turbulent depths beneath an unsuspecting hero's most unexceptionable-seeming fantasies, and a life patently too normal to be true."
Compared to most of Harrison's heroes, Dr. William Moreland is statistically normal. But that doesn't protect him from the floodtide of psychosexual anguish that washes over them all. Read full book review >

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EXPOSURE by Kathryn Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Stark, brilliant, and original work."
A stunning second novel from Harrison (Thicker Than Water, 1991) details the fragmented and increasingly self-destructive life of a woman whose every secret moment has been played before a camera's eye. Read full book review >

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THE SEAL WIFE by Kathryn Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2002

"Leaden, pretentious, and dull: a Harlequin romance in writing-program prose."
The latest strange love tale from Harrison (The Binding Chair, 2000, etc.), who heads north to Alaska this time to follow the sorrows of a young weatherman. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO by Kathryn Harrison
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Lucid, readable prose but, as travelogue, neither transporting nor insightful. (map)"
A pilgrimage along an ancient road, from St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the site of a shrine to the Apostle James. Read full book review >

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THE MOTHER KNOT by Kathryn Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 2004

"Like the author's previous examination of her relationship with her father (The Kiss, 1997): a dark ride taken with terrible clarity into the heart of misery, scorched to a luster."
The time has come to let her mother go, realizes novelist Harrison (The Seal Wife, 2002, etc.), who here delineates, in very short form, her wrenching journey to that emotional, stabbing moment. Read full book review >

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POISON by Kathryn Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"A minutely detailed novel that captures the depravity as well as the beauty of a frightening era. (Author tour)"
Deft, archly mesmerizing phrasemaking distinguish this latest by Harrison (Thicker Than Water, 1991; Exposure, 1993): When the plot stumbles, the poetry picks it up. Read full book review >

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SEEKING RAPTURE by Kathryn Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2003

"Poignant glimpses into the life of a survivor."
From memoirist and novelist Harrison (The Seal Wife, 2002, etc.), a collection of personal essays on love, longing, loss, and childhood. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"A deft weaving together of sexuality and the macabre into a rich fictional tapestry."
An engrossing tale contrasting the lives of a young Caucasian and her Chinese stepaunt. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 2008

"Worthy enough, but nowhere near the level of such true-crime masterpieces as In Cold Blood."
Novelist and memoirist Harrison (Envy, 2005, etc.) revisits a 1984 killing. Read full book review >

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SAINT THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX by Kathryn Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"'Saints don't become saints by choosing paths of moderation and tolerance,' Harrison writes in this bright, sharp essay on the ever-difficult Thérèse."
An admirably even-tempered biography of Thérèse Martin, canonized as Saint Thérèse of Lisieux a scant 28 years after her early death. Read full book review >

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ENCHANTMENTS by Kathryn Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2012

"Harrison's rococo prose fits her subject matter, but she adds little to Romanov lore while Rasputin's story, written at arm's length, never comes to life."
Harrison (While They Slept, 2008, etc.) brings her trademark interest in twisted family relationships to bear in this historical fiction about Rasputin's daughter. Read full book review >