Search Results: "Madeleine Wickham"


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THE TENNIS PARTY by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Despite its contrivances, this featherweight comedy delivers a decided satisfaction: pleasingly humiliating comeuppances for all its odious characters."
A young English writer's debut assembles a nasty gang of upwardly mobile friends at a houseparty in the British countryside- -and lets them at one another's throats over tennis and cocktails. Read full book review >

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THE GATECRASHER by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

Fleur Daxeny has an ingratiating manner, a madonna's face, and a closet full of black designer suits—all of them weapons in her ceaseless effort to keep the wolf, and honest labor, from the door. Read full book review >

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THE GATECRASHER by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2000

Fleur Daxeny has an ingratiating manner, a madonna's face, and a closet full of black designer suits—all of them weapons in her ceaseless effort to keep the wolf, and honest labor, from the door. Read full book review >

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SWIMMING POOL SUNDAY by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"As before, Wickham is adept at creating a random mix of likable people, but the lack of substance and depth here makes it more guilty pleasure than literary treasure."
Once again, Wickham (A Desirable Residence, 1997, etc.) uses a favorite, and sometimes effective, formula: throw a large group of people together and see what mischief comes. Read full book review >

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THE WEDDING GIRL by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2009

"Wickham (Sleeping Arrangements, 2008, etc.) shines again."
A young British woman's storybook wedding to a rich man's son is jeopardized by a long-buried secret. 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: Feb. 1, 1996

"A good and useful anthology of voices not widely heard. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
Taking as his touchstone the words of H.L. Mencken, who once called for black leaders ``who can and will think black,'' USA Today columnist Wickham gathers original essays by writers who collectively ``give voice to the many joys and pains of black America.'' Of greatest concern to these columnists, most from medium-size papers east of the Mississippi, is the position of the African- American community in the larger society, and as a group, they tend to take liberal political positions. Read full book review >

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BILL CLINTON AND BLACK AMERICA by DeWayne Wickham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 4, 2002

"Better editing would have eliminated the excessive number of redundant comments, but this sampling feels honest as it offers both instinctive and intellectual appraisals of the Clinton appeal."
USA Today columnist Wickham (Woodholme, 1995, etc.) surveys a wide range of African-Americans to find out why so many of them were drawn to the Clinton presidency. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

PG-rated autobiography of a young man's coming-of-age in a black Baltimore ghetto. Read full book review >

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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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COLD PAWS, WARM HEART by Madeleine Floyd
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It's pretty clunky, but the watercolor, ink and pastel pictures fill the pages attractively, and some might find it hard to resist a bear in a red-and-yellow scarf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A goopy sentimental tale, ostensibly about friendship, but mostly just strange. Read full book review >