Search Results: "Mason McCann Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STAINED GLASS VIRGIN by Mason McCann Smith
Released: Feb. 13, 2013

"Thoughtful, well-researched and passionate."
A fictionalized retelling of a famous murder in 16th-century Rome. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"This book's strong, sometimes-insightful focus on its protagonist makes it a definite improvement on the author's prior outing."
Benacre's (Easter, Smoke and Mirrors, 2014) short story collection trails an Irishman who's been training most of his life to carry out a planned terrorist strike in London.Read full book review >

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MASON by Thomas Pendleton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2008

"A suspenseful blend of realism and the supernatural, this compulsive read should appeal to a wide array of teens—just be sure to warn them not to make any plans for a couple of hours. (Suspense. YA)"
A startlingly edgy story about a developmentally disabled boy who possesses a terrifying power. Read full book review >

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SMITH by Leon Garfield
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"More Hogarth than Cruikshank, this lacks the gusto of Devil in the Fog (1966) but readers who respond to the author will follow him here."
"Smith. 'unted, 'ounded, 'omeless, and part gin-sodder. Smith. Read full book review >

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CARRYING MASON by Joyce Magnin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A quiet coming-of-age tale with heart offers a fresh look at mentally disabled adults. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Initially, all 13-year-old Luna asks is that she be allowed to be a pall bearer for her best friend, Mason. Read full book review >

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MASON & DIXON by Thomas Pynchon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 1997

"Reading Pynchon may be likened to what one of his characters says here about deciphering the 'equation' presented by the stars in their courses: 'A lonely, uncompensated, perhaps even impossible Task,—yet some of us must be ever seeking it, I suppose.'"
Ever since Gravity's Rainbow (1973), which shared a National Book Award and was given, then denied a Pulitzer Prize (on account of its "obscenity"), it's been obvious, even to much of the so-called literary establishment, that Thomas Pynchon is one of our contemporary classics: a true polymath, formidably learned and technically unparalleled, who understands as few of his readers can the essential symbiosis between C.P. Snow's "two cultures" of science and technology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGGIE SMITH by Michael Coveney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An authoritative and perceptive portrait."
The illustrious career of "a great stage actress in both comedy and tragedy, and an international film star." Read full book review >

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PATTI SMITH by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"But she and her many fans deserve better than this sometimes sensationalistic, second-hand account of her life."
Lou Reed and Keith Richards biographer Bockris offers the first full-length portrait of —70s rock icon Patti Smith, a woman whose charismatic live shows and uncompromising music earned her the moniker "The High Priestess of Punk." Read full book review >

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LORETTA MASON POTTS by Mary Chase
Released: Sept. 22, 1958

<p>Into the closet and over the bridge to a lilliputian land of elegant nobility go the perfectly normal Mason family. Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA SMITH by Stephanie Barden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2011

"Though the first-person narration sounds a little too close to the voice of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine, the richness of this new friendship and the gentle resolution will make readers hope for another installment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Cinderella Smith cannot keep track of her shoes. Read full book review >

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MASON DIXON:  BASKETBALL DISASTERS by Claudia Mills
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 12, 2012

"Altogether, this is an amusing if undemanding account of the typical fourth-grade problems the athletically ungifted face as they make their way through school. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Fourth grader Mason Dixon, in his third series outing, earnestly stumbles from one potential disaster to another, many involving his total basketball ineptitude. Read full book review >