Search Results: "Lawrence Venuti"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOODBYE KISS by Massimo Carlotto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

"A nasty, explosive little tome warmly recommended to fans of James M. Cain for its casually brutal amorality and truly astonishing speed."
The author of the dark adventures of blues singer-turned-shamus Alligator (The Master of Knots, not reviewed, etc.) offers an even bleaker look into the no-regrets career of a thoroughly modern picaro. Read full book review >

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100 STROKES OF THE BRUSH BEFORE BED by Melissa P.
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A junior-league Catherine M. bound to raise just as many eyebrows on this side of the Atlantic. One can only imagine where the author's literary career will take her next."
Just when you thought you were proof against sex scandals, the young Ms. P., reportedly 16 at the time of writing, obliges with a remarkable two-year sexual odyssey. Read full book review >

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DEATH’S DARK ABYSS by Massimo Carlotto
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Beneath the conventions of Continental noir is a remarkable study of corruption and redemption in a world where revenge is best served ice-cold."
Carlotto (The Goodbye Kiss, 2006) presents a battle of wits between a childless widower and the criminal who killed his wife and son. Read full book review >

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THE TEMPLE OF ICONOCLASTS by Juan Rodolfo Wilcock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"A deft, daft treasury of subversive wit (and, come to think of it, invention), beautifully translated and presented by the invaluable Venuti."
This 1972 story collection is the best-known work of an Argentinean native (1919-78) who fled Juan Peron's dictatorship and became a successful translator, sometime actor, and writer of fiction in the Italian language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"As in the first effort, the situations don't always live up to their full potential for hilarity but will, at times, leave readers amused. (Farce. 9-13)"
Introduced in Leaving the Bellweathers (2009), the comically dysfunctional family is back for another outing. Read full book review >

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LEAVING THE BELLWEATHERS by Kristin Clark Venuti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Debi Gliori's Pure Dead books do a better job of capturing the humor of a bizarre family situation, but as the pace quickens, the Bellweather family will, at very least, amuse and may make some laugh out loud. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Portraying the zany antics of the Bellweather family from the perspective of their staid butler, this first novel falls short of the situation's potential hilarity. Read full book review >

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LAWRENCE MILLMAN
by Gregory McNamee

In the winter of 1941, nine members of an Inuit community in a remote corner of the Hudson Bay died at the hands of three neighbors, one of whom proclaimed himself to be Jesus Christ returning at the end of days. The victims were presumed to be safe harbors for the devil, and one of the killers, a teenage girl ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE GIANT-SLAYER by Iain Lawrence
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Masterful. (author's note about the history of polio in North America, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 11 & up)"
The year is 1955, and 11-year-old Laurie Valentine is lonely. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The riddle the children try to solve is also real, and no one, even today, knows what it means. (glossary, historical note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Four young friends in ancient Rome, 79 C.E., and environs attempt to solve a riddle at a time of great historic import in this absorbing sequel to The Thieves of Ostia (2001). Read full book review >

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THE BUCCANEERS by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"Heavily scented with blood, gunpowder, and bracing sea air, this nautical episode makes riveting reading. (Fiction. 12-15)"
From glimpses of Captain Kidd's glittering hoard to an all-too-close encounter with a crew of cockroach-carpeted corpses, young John Spencer's new adventures, in the wake of The Wreckers (1998) and The Smugglers (1999), bring him to the edge of death and glory once again. Read full book review >