Search Results: "Maribeth Fischer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LANGUAGE OF GOOD-BYE by Maribeth Fischer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Well-intentioned, but far too strained to bring out the hankies."
A carefully plotted first novel self-consciously details the long reach of the past as foreign students struggle to forget what they have left behind, and their teacher, already married, falls in love with a married man. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE YOU LONGED FOR by Maribeth Fischer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"A dying child is the stuff of true tragedy, and indeed there is much crying, but the many discussions and deconstructions of grief somehow negate its impact."
A sad story about a dying child and an accused mother that too often veers into sentimentality. Read full book review >

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COLIN FISCHER by Ashley Edward Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"Entertaining, but confused about its point of view. (Fiction. 11-16)"
The subgenre combining sleuthing with characters who have Asperger syndrome gets a new entry offering humor and interesting historical and scientific connections—but the narrative viewpoint drifts unsettlingly. Read full book review >

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Released: March 2, 2004

"Mavens will mourn the dearth of move-by-move analysis, but general readers will savor a marvelous portrait of East against West, with perceived societal superiority as the real prize."
The BBC journalists who honed their skills in amassing minutiae with Wittgenstein's Poker (2001) re-create the furor surrounding a chess match that was also one of the Cold War's most bizarre confrontations. Read full book review >

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The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1980

"A few readers may be happy to seize on Greene's cynical and macabre leanings here, happy to construct webs of theme (Catholic and otherwise) around the Dr. F. deity; but most will merely tolerate all that while savoring the by-the-way Greene pleasures that are all the more apparent, and impressive in such a tiny, relaxed book."
Bizarre, minor, mini-Greene—an unsatisfying novella redeemed nonetheless by a master's storytelling expertise and by a dozen or more absolutely splendid coloring touches. Read full book review >

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THE PS BROTHERS by Maribeth Boelts
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Heartwarming yet full of gritty issues, this is a successful story for middle-grade readers who also like the works of Barbara O'Connor and Frances O'Roark Dowell. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Russell and best friend Shawn do everything together and share a dream of having a dog of their very own. Read full book review >

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WHEN IT’S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL by Maribeth Boelts
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Wakiyama's demonstrative, electric artwork conveys all of James high-octane promises in a story that radiates the lighter side—or anyway more rascally side—of schooling. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little jet fuel to prepare young readers for the last day of school. Read full book review >

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BEFORE YOU WERE MINE by Maribeth Boelts
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A note on adopting a shelter pet follows this unabashedly emotional offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Before you were mine . . . " wonders a little boy, "[d]id you live in a warm house with warm smells and a rug that was only yours? [Or were] you kept on a chain, with a dusty bowl and lonely sounds all around?" Read full book review >

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FALLING INTO GREEN by Cher Fischer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2012

"Fischer's debut may come off as preachy to all but the most avid friends of planet earth."
A nature lover turns amateur detective in a story that combines mystery with relentless do-gooding. Read full book review >

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THE THOUGHT GANG by Tibor Fischer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Clever, but not obnoxious like so many young Brit wits, Fischer captures a wild end of the millennium funkiness: He's a boss young writer with great stateside potential."
The second novel by the author of Under the Frog (1994, not reviewed) is a history of Western philosophy disguised as hard- boiled crime fiction, which may be the only way to do philosophy these days—slanted, skewed, and rude. Read full book review >