Search Results: "Madeleine George"


BOOK REVIEW

LOOKS by Madeleine George
FICTION
Released: June 12, 2008

"Luminous language places teens inside Meghan's and Aimee's struggling minds and bodies. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Even though Meghan is fat and Aimee is thin, they have a lot in common: Both use food to cauterize pain and both feel deeply wronged by the same girl. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2012

"While in the end there are some plotlines left untied in slice-of-life fashion, the bittersweet resolution of the main conflict is deeply satisfying. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A novel with alternating narrators takes an unusually interesting twist due to one of the character's habitual tendency toward self-delusion. Read full book review >

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GEORGE SAUNDERS
by David L. Ulin

George Saunders never meant to write a novel. Or maybe he had come to a certain acceptance about his work. “I had gotten to the place,” he admits, over the phone from Santa Cruz, California, where he is on book tour, “where I was all right with not writing a novel. You know, me and Alice Munro: we don’t ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CAPTAIN’S PURR by Madeleine Floyd
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"While there is a certain charm in Floyd's realistic watercolors and easy-to-read text, it's hard to envision any but the most die-hard cat fans wanting to repeat their journey on the river with Captain unless it's just to look at the pictures. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An unnamed narrator recounts a typical day for handsome Captain, a perfectly average black-and-white cat who mostly eats, grooms, and sleeps. Read full book review >

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ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Fans of 'found footage' horror will enjoy this familiar but visually creepy take on the haunted-institution setting. (Suspense. 14-18)"
Roux's first teen novel uses horror staples—spooky corridors, tight-lipped townspeople and convenient coincidences—to predictable but page-turning effect. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF FURIES by Madeleine Roux
Released: May 30, 2017

"Atmospheric, moody, and great fun. (Horror. 13-adult)"
A runaway works at a boardinghouse for the damned in late-Georgian-period England. Read full book review >

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DRAGONS IN THE WATERS by Madeleine L'Engle
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1976

"Deduct ten points at the beginning for self-importance and enjoy the rest for a lark."
The O'Keefe family from Arm of the Starfish (1965) are on hand to join Simon Bolivar Renier and his spooky Cousin Phair on a freighter voyage from Savannah to Venezuela which looks at the outset a bit like L'Engle's version of Ship of Fools. Read full book review >

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COCKTAILS FOR THREE by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Succeeds when it's silly, fails when it attempts dramatic weight."
Deliciously funny, if uneven sixth novel by Wickham (The Gatecrasher, 2000, etc.) follows three young British career women, just girlfriends at heart, as they bond, break-up, and come happily together again through tumultuous life changes. Read full book review >

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A DESIRABLE RESIDENCE by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"All in all, Wickham, though an observant and engaging storyteller, delivers a novel too melodramatic and lightweight to be particularly memorable."
Though it sours a bit by the end, this British novel of manners and mores from the author of The Tennis Party (p. 172) charms with its easy pace and likable characters. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1982

"With bland characters, all speaking in the same liturgical-paced cadences: an immense but serenely soaring mess—no livelier or crisper than L'Engle's last foray into adult fiction, The Other Side of the Sun."
Bother in the Cathedral—enervating bother—as veteran juvenile author L'Engle frogmarches her 70-ish protagonist through a talkathon of troubles and a marathon of acquaintanceships with bishops, deans, nuns, and others at an Episcopal church in upper Manhattan. Read full book review >

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TO THE NEW OWNERS by Madeleine Blais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"If not quite as funny as billed, there remains much gentle humor and a certain elegiac sweetness that more than compensates—that, and a touching coda."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author gives a familial face to the mystique of Martha's Vineyard in this unfailingly charming reminiscence of summers spent on the island. Read full book review >

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UPHILL WALKERS by Madeleine Blais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"An unfocused account that is intermittently moving but terribly unbalanced."
A disjointed memoir of an Irish-American childhood in rural Massachusetts during the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >