Search Results: "Laura Lee Smith"


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HEART OF PALM by Laura Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2013

"In the end, Smith overlaps territory John Sayles explored in Sunshine State, but with a more generous sense of our foibles. It's a promising start—and a lot of fun."
Amiable debut novel of life in the nonglitzy part of Florida, the swampy confines of the Georgia borderlands. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2006

"Mostly superficial bathroom reading for weather-trivia buffs."
A breezy, almanac-like entry in the well-worn meteorology-and-history genre. Read full book review >

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NEWS OF THE SPIRIT by Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"As always, lively, salty, and inviting. (Author tour)"
All six of the stories in Smith's third collection (Cakewalk, 1981; Me and My Baby View the Eclipse, 1990) have been previously published, so serious students of southern fiction will find much that's familiar here, though none the less enjoyable. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL'S DREAM by Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"A real treat- -and an education."
A thoroughly entertaining eighth novel from Smith (Fair and Tender Ladies, 1988, etc.) traces the roots of an extended, country-western ``singing'' family from 1830's hollow to contemporary Nashville. Read full book review >

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ON AGATE HILL by Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"One of those books you can either roam contentedly around in for days, or devour at once, in a rush of pure pleasure. Take your pick."
The story of a self-described "ghost girl" who survives the Civil War devastation that claims her family is told in the North Carolina author's rich, complex 12th novel (after The Last Girls, 2002). Read full book review >

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SAVING GRACE by Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1995

"Though Virgil Shepherd descends from Hazel Motes, there's none of Flannery O'Connor's biting humor here: Smith treats her characters with more sympathy than theological vigor, which makes for a heartrending book."
Smith's 11th work of fiction (The Devil's Dream, 1992, etc.) is a straightforward, amiable narrative of Christian faith and redemption—a cautionary tale of innocence, disbelief, debauchery, and witness. Read full book review >

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DIMESTORE by Lee Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A warm, poignant memoir from a reliably smooth voice."
Award-winning novelist Smith (Guests on Earth, 2013, etc.) recalls growing up in a small Virginia coal town and the indelible influence that background had on her adult life.Read full book review >

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GUESTS ON EARTH by Lee Smith
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Smith brings to life the world of Highland Hospital, where the line between staff and 'guests' often blurs, but Evalina is a mishmash of clichés, while Zelda remains a rehash."
Smith (Mrs. Darcy and the Blue Eyed Stranger, 2010, etc.) jumps on the bandwagon of recent interest in Zelda Fitzgerald, bringing to fictional life Asheville's Highland Hospital, where Zelda and eight other patients died in a fire in 1948. Read full book review >

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PAGE BY PAIGE by Laura Lee Gulledge
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2011

"Teens are sure to relate to this wallflower who blooms—gloriously. (Graphic fiction. 13 & up)"
A sweet coming-of-age graphic novel about an artistic introvert. Read full book review >

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WILL & WHIT by Laura Lee Gulledge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 7, 2013

"Quirky, clever and insightful; a must-read for fans of Raina Telgemeier. (Graphic fiction. 12 & up)"
After the untimely death of her parents, an artistic girl living with her aunt must face her fears. Read full book review >

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CATCH A FALLING HEIRESS by Laura Lee Guhrke
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A sexy, smart romance with a unique arc that's enhanced by its upper-class old New York social setting."
An impoverished English aristocrat is determined to protect an American heiress from an unscrupulous fortune hunter but, in doing so, compromises her himself, then finds he's falling for her—even though she won't give him the time of day. Read full book review >