Search Results: "Lawrence Venuti"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"A rich vein of wisdom runs through this highly entertaining, swashbuckling series debut. (1862 map of Virginia City, glossary) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old P.K. "Pinky" Pinkerton was born with a poker face—he can't show or read emotion—but it's not until he lands in Nevada Territory's silver-mining country that he comes to terms with the hand he's dealt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESCAPE BY SEA by L.S.  Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Although the end is abrupt, it will also give readers cause to hope for a sequel. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
The sheltered daughter of a wealthy merchant flees Roman forces and strikes out on her own in this invigorating historical adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE POLTERGOOSE by Michael Lawrence
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Fans of garbage and bathroom humor, who don't mind cardboard characters and contrived situations, will be in hog heaven with this series opener—the next installment of which, Killer Underpants, is due soon. (Fiction. 9-11)"
There's a dark edge to this slapstick import. Read full book review >