Search Results: "Mary Pat Kelly"


BOOK REVIEW

GALWAY BAY by Mary Pat Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2009

"A satisfying tale, with few surprises for those who know the territory, but no false steps."
Historically accurate epic of the Irish potato famine veers into gothic romance territory but keeps its eye on the Fenian prize. Read full book review >

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SPECIAL INTENTIONS by Mary Pat Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 1998

"The result seems too light a take on a heavy subject."
First novel by an Irish-American former nun that's more a spirited reprise of the Roman Catholic Church's response to the spiritual and temporal changes of the 1960s than an engrossing tale of a young nun's growing disillusionment with convent life. Read full book review >

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OF IRISH BLOOD by Mary Pat Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"In a novel so awed by the great and near-great, ordinary human characters are outgunned."
An Irish-American from Chicago, fleeing an abusive relationship, moves to Paris on the eve of World War I. Read full book review >

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MARTIN SCORSESE by Mary Pat Kelly
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"That's exactly the sort of identity crisis this book suffers from—it aspires to critical seriousness but delivers mostly starlust."
Kelly's second book on the acclaimed director has the same patchwork quality as her Martin Scorsese: The First Decade (1980- -not reviewed). Read full book review >

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BEFORE WE EAT by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A warm celebration of both small farms and the idea that it takes a village to feed a child. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A simple poem thanking the people who grow, transport, sell and prepare our food is transformed by Azarian's bright woodcuts. Read full book review >

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ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE THREE LITTLE CHILDREN by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"An uneven effort at inclusion. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A multicultural spin on an old rhyme stops short of rehabilitating its problematic history. Read full book review >

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ANONYMOUS SOURCES by Mary Louise Kelly
Released: June 18, 2013

"A by-the-numbers spy thriller. The tale isn't terribly original but perfect for plane rides, vacations and to read while sitting in waiting rooms."
Kelly, a former NPR reporter, presents Boston-based newspaper reporter Alexandra James, who stumbles upon a complicated terrorist plot while chasing a trans-Atlantic story. Read full book review >

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HAVE YOU SEEN MY POTTY? by Mij Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"This is a sure winner for the toddler and preschool set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A stolen potty is a disaster for young Suzy Sue, "who had something very important to do." Read full book review >

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PACK UP THE MOON by Mary Anne Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"The self-indulgent, unedited ramblings of an unpersuasive narrator."
A romance novel recalling the early years of Claire Breslinsky, heroine of Kelly's mysteries (The Cordelia Squad, 2003, etc.), spent as a model in Europe and overland traveler to India. Read full book review >

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KEEPER OF THE MILL by Mary Anne Kelly
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A jumbled story with pretentious overtones."
Fortyish photographer Claire Breslinsky (Foxglove, 1992, etc.) lives in Queens with hard-drinking, underemployed husband Johnnie and two children. Read full book review >

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THE CORDELIA SQUAD by Mary Anne Kelly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"Lots of family bickering around the extended dinner table, adolescent temper tantrums, and divorced-wives' angst—but not much mystery."
Much gooey romance and a spark or two of arson befall newly divorced Claire Breslinsky (Keeper of the Mill, 1995, etc.) when she moves herself and her two teenagers, Anthony and Tree, into a mansion much in need of renovation in Richmond Hill, Queens, within shouting distance of her take-charge mom, her retired pop, and her sisters Zinnie, a cop, and Carmela, a sarcastic part-time beauty writer. Read full book review >