Search Results: "Lynne Sharon Schwartz"


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TWO-PART INVENTIONS by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Schwartz seems to strain after a message, almost a moral, at the expense of the complexity of her subtle characterizations. This is a weakness in an otherwise vigorous fiction."
A novel based on a true story, a famous case of fraudulent classical music recordings. The story gives us people seamlessly grafting their flaws and growing into each other. Read full book review >

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NOT NOW, VOYAGER by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2009

"Charmingly idiosyncratic and peripatetic."
A veteran author of novels, poetry and essays examines her deep ambivalence about the value of travel—and connects it to the publication of her most recent novel (The Writing on the Wall, 2005). Read full book review >

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THE WRITING ON THE WALL by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"A valiant effort, but Schwartz doesn't quite pull it off."
Schwartz's tenth (after Referred Pain, 2004, etc.) may be her riskiest, as it intertwines her familiar fictional territory with the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Read full book review >

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RUINED BY READING by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 1996

"Best for an unsophisticated audience of book-lovers: The sophisticates may feel that they could have done it better."
We generally think of potboilers as knocked-off, hack novels meant to bring in some cash and attention (``keep the pot boiling'') until the author can come up with another ``real'' book. Read full book review >

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REFERRED PAIN by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"With echoes of Cheever, early Updike, even Shirley Jackson, Schwartz (In the Family Way, 1999, etc.) is master of stories that reflect an era's uneasy psyche: sad yet wryly comic, told at a slight remove yet deeply moving."
Elegant, elegiac stories about people whose lives—like everyone's—haven't worked out quite as planned. Read full book review >

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THIS IS WHERE WE CAME IN by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Although some pieces are slight, on the whole, reading Schwartz is like a pleasurable visit with a thoughtful and articulate friend."
A literary New Yorker shares her memories. Read full book review >

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THE FATIGUE ARTIST by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 1995

"Not action-packed, but an intriguing journey through the metaphors of a modern illness—and certainly written with intensive care. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
A ruminative story of illness and healing that Schwartz (Leaving Brooklyn, 1989; Disturbances in the Field, 1983, etc.) makes as deep as a fever dream—with that same fitfulness and moments of heightened clarity. Read full book review >

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IN THE FAMILY WAY by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Still, Schwartz's old-fashioned storytelling and vivid—if not necessarily deep—characterizations carry the day."
The author of The Fatigue Artist (1995), among several others, rings mischievous changes on the idea of "family values." Read full book review >

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LEAVING BROOKLYN by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Released: April 25, 1989

Audrey, 15, is a Brooklyn girl with dreams of being an actress. Read full book review >

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GERGIE LEE by Sharon Phillips Denslow
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"Country and city kids alike will grin over the trio's encounters with a haunted house, a neighborhood goat, a giant catfish, and a huge storm in this deceptively simple first chapter book. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Most main characters speak but in this delightfully charming story about J.D.'s summer on his Grandmother's farm, the title player moos—Georgie Lee is a cow, and a right smart one at that. Read full book review >

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IT’S DEEDS, NOT WORDS, THAT MAKE THEIR MARK
by Mandy Curtis

 

BOOK REPORT for A Mad, Wicked Follyby Sharon Biggs Waller

 

Cover Story:  Society Debut

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Talky Talk: Early-Century Modern

Bonus Factor: Suffragettes

Anti-Bonus Factors: Patty Chase Award for Awful Parents

Relationship Status: Sisters in the Cause

 

Cover Story: Society Debut

A woman in a gorgeous (although historically inaccurate) gown looks down ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FIRST COME THE ZEBRA by Lynne Barasch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A nice choice for classroom use and home reading. (map, author's note, glossary, source notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
After the rainy season, Kenya's animals work in concert, each type eating from a specific niche of the lush grasslands, shown here in appealing, expansive ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >