Search Results: "Linda Spalding"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PAPER WIFE by Linda Spalding
Released: April 15, 1996

"Unfortunately, though, she overshadows these elements with her hectic plot—one that in the end brings us no closer to understanding the characters she so nicely crafts."
Despite an intriguing start full of psychologically complex relationships and ambiguous connections, Spalding's second novel (after Daughters of Captain Cook, 1989) pales halfway through without ever regaining its initial vibrancy. Read full book review >

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A DARK PLACE IN THE JUNGLE by Linda Spalding
NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 1999

"The picture here of Galdikas's activities is unremittingly distressing and raises serious questions to which she will have to respond."
Bad press for primatologist BirutÇ Galdikas and her work with the orangutans of Borneo, from novelist Spalding (The Paper Wife, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHO NAMED THE KNIFE by Linda Spalding
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A literary tapestry of true crime, memoir and personal essay that simultaneously enthralls and disturbs."
A stint as a juror leads, many years later, to a relationship with a convicted killer. Read full book review >

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THE PURCHASE by Linda Spalding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Too slow-paced and dark for the casual reader, but a serious, probing look at the interaction of character and environment during a seminal period in American history."
A displaced Pennsylvanian acquires a slave, with disastrous consequences, in Spalding's (Who Named the Knife, 2007, etc.) brooding latest. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"Fantasy fans who prefer knowing what to expect will scoop this up and be eager for the next episode. (maps, afterword) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Four modern children find the second of four hidden talismans to bolster the magical forces of Light in this conventional but smoothly plotted import. Read full book review >

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THE REECE MALCOLM LIST by Amy Spalding
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Good for theater junkies who don't mind some spare drama. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
If this novel was a musical, it'd get average reviews and see a modest run. Read full book review >

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IT'S A SLIPPERY SLOPE by Spalding Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This snow job should shake the devotion of even Gray's most steadfast fans."
An avalanche of shallow solipsisms as the veteran monologist takes to the slopes and learns to ski. Read full book review >

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LIFE INTERRUPTED by Spalding Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Readers shouldn't be blamed for feeling misled and slightly cheated by a book marketed as a Spalding Gray title, when only a fraction consists of his own words."
The late monologist's last work, heavily reliant on eulogies delivered by friends and family at two memorial services conducted after his 2004 suicide. Read full book review >

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DUNCAN GRANT by Frances Spalding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The only thing missing from these hundreds of exhaustively researched pages is Duncan Grant. (8 pages color, 16 pages b&w illustrations)"
A full-bodied but strangely affectless biography of the minor English painter and decorative artist. Read full book review >

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THE NEW GUY (AND OTHER SENIOR YEAR DISTRACTIONS) by Amy Spalding
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 5, 2016

"Far too little kissing. Far too much fussing. (Fiction. 13-16)"
For years, every minute in Jules McAllister-Morgan's day has been carefully scheduled and committed to a single cause: getting accepted at Brown University. Read full book review >

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IMPOSSIBLE VACATION by Spalding Gray
Released: May 14, 1992

"Although it fails as a novel, this sui generis work has some of the best writing about sex since Henry Miller and some of the best writing about a breakdown since Sylvia Plath; its eccentric charm should enlarge Gray's already considerable following."
So here it is at last, the ostensible subject of Gray's latest stage (and, come the spring, screen) monologue Monster in a Box: a first novel that reads like an existential autobiography and has his mother's suicide (a longtime Gray subject) as its core. Read full book review >

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KISSING TED CALLAHAN (AND OTHER GUYS) by Amy Spalding
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 14, 2015

"A not-so-fluffy chick-lit offering rife with angst, rock 'n' roll and lots of kissing. (Romance. 13-18)"
So many boys, so little time; what's a rock girl to do? Read full book review >