Search Results: "Lee Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRISTMAS LETTERS by Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1996

"A delight. (Author tour)"
With her typical easy wit and down-home charm, Smith (Saving Grace, 1995, etc.) fashions an epistolary novella from that most infamous of genres, the annual family letter that often arrives in Christmas cards. Read full book review >

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MRS. DARCY AND THE BLUE-EYED STRANGER by Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2010

"Always colorful, sometimes predictable and at its best profoundly moving."
Prolific novelist Smith (On Agate Hill, 2006, etc.) offers 14 stories, most circling issues of class in the contemporary South. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Smith could have smoothed his narrative into a more coherent story, but he offers a somewhat provocative look at an endlessly troubled region."
A view of what the "Arab street" has to say about current affairs—the only problem being, as the author notes, there's not any such thing. Read full book review >

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THE LAST GIRLS by Lee Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2002

"A bittersweet comedy with a fine sharp edge."
The contrasting virtues of Mary McCarthy's The Group and Eudora Welty's elegiac family reunion novel Losing Battles are neatly conjoined in this entertaining 11th from the popular North Carolina author (The Christmas Letters, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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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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JESS AND THE STINKY COWBOYS by Janice Lee Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Young readers will be seeking sequels. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Deputy Jess and her aunt Gussy have been left in charge of Snake Gulch by Jess's father, the Sheriff. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Festive but slight. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The children in Ms. D's third-grade class are thick into plans for their Christmas celebrations when a mysterious voice in their coatroom, which they believe to be that of the Christmas spirit, persuades them to rethink their greedy, grumpy ways. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

"One of Smith's best. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Adam Joshua finds that Valentine's Day is ``a whole lot scarier'' than Halloween. 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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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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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 >