Search Results: "Lauren Grodstein"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST OF ANIMALS by Lauren Grodstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 2002

"Spare and occasionally funny takes from a writer who hasn't yet found her voice."
A gaggle of New York guys and gals hunt for love and meaning in debut stories that occasionally tickle the fancy but leave little flavor. Read full book review >

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OUR SHORT HISTORY by Lauren Grodstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A poignant and realistic portrait of the struggles with ovarian cancer that chafes a bit against its frame."
This novel is posed as a book written by a mother with stage 4 ovarian cancer for her young son about her coming to terms with her mortality. Read full book review >

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THE EXPLANATION FOR EVERYTHING by Lauren Grodstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A rumination on love and loss, faith in reason and faith in the divine."
In her fourth novel, Grodstein (A Friend of the Family, 2009, etc.) writes of loss of love and belief. Read full book review >

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A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY by Lauren Grodstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Ambitious, often impressive but structurally flawed work."
The road to hell is paved with a father's good intentions. Read full book review >

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REPRODUCTION IS THE FLAW OF LOVE by Lauren Grodstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 2004

"Grodstein's collection (The Best of Animals, 2002) showed she had yet to find her voice, something still the case with her first novel."
One rainy night in Brooklyn, a youngish woman asks her live-in boyfriend to fetch a pregnancy test from the drugstore. Some banter ensues. Are we in for a comic novel with serious overtones, or a serious novel with a comic edge? Read full book review >

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THAT PESKY RAT by Lauren Child
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Readers may find themselves wondering if they want this delightfully spiky antihero to become just another house pet, but there is an undeniable appeal to his quest, and a twist at the end saves it from the treacle jar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A winsomely beady-eyed rat yearns for a loving home in this rather odd feel-good offering. Read full book review >

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BEWARE OF THE STORYBOOK WOLVES by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Don't miss the Little Wolf in heels, hairy legs, and party dress being dipped by the prince on the dance floor. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Child fractures a few fairy tales, and the wolves get it in the chops once again, in this story of a young boy and his bedtime worries. Read full book review >

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I AM NOT SLEEPY AND I WILL NOT GO TO BED by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An inventive, entertaining bedtime tale. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Charlie, the patient older brother, struggles to get his imaginative, stubborn sister Lola to bed. Read full book review >

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VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD by Lauren Sabel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"Good, escapist entertainment. (Thriller. 13-18)"
Thrills and action follow a teenage movie star as she tries to escape a shadowy figure who has threatened to kill her. Read full book review >

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REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 5, 2013

"A dystopian tour de force. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
Fraught with high-stakes action and gripping emotion, the final chapters of Lena Haloway's journey will have readers breathlessly turning the pages. Read full book review >

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RUBY REDFORT TAKE YOUR LAST BREATH by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A harmless, middle-grade mystery for budding sleuths. (Mystery. 9-14)"
Thirteen-year-old secret agent Ruby Redfort (Look Into My Eyes, 2012) barely has a week to breathe before finding herself in the middle of another dastardly evil plan—oh, there are also pirates, a sea monster, a mysterious stranger and a lost treasure, too. Read full book review >