Search Results: "Matthew Pearl"


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THE POE SHADOW by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2006

"A few surprises aside, however, too little of substance happens, and Pearl's virtually bloodless characters never engage our interest. A disappointing successor to Pearl's terrific first novel."
The still-unexplained death of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) is the subject of the Cambridge, Mass., author's follow-up to his popular debut historical thriller, The Dante Club (2003). Read full book review >

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THE DANTE CLUB by Matthew Pearl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Great fun figuring out whodunit and why: a devil of a time."
Ingenious use of details and motifs from the Divine Comedy, and a lively picture of the literary culture of post-bellum New England, distinguish this juicy debut historical mystery. Read full book review >

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PEARL by Deirdre Riordan Hall
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2016

"A character-driven book for readers who like their fare on the intense side. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-18)"
The daughter of a drug-addicted rock star tries to change her life when her uncle sends her to an exclusive prep school. Read full book review >

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PEARL by Jo Knowles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 19, 2011

"Knowles' fine ear for dialogue and her sensitive, nuanced portrayal of ordinary people's mishandling of complex situations allow her to play with soap-opera conventions without being crushed under their clichéd weight. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A touching family melodrama about the corrosive nature of secrets and the cleansing power of honesty. Read full book review >

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PEARL by Mary Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2005

"Elegant prose, thought-provoking plot, mammoth themes—and sometimes slow-going."
An overly intense, multilayered tale about three characters facing a life-and-death situation, a state of affairs brought into being by religion, class, social consciousness, and political activism. Read full book review >

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THE TECHNOLOGISTS by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Of appeal to fans of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, as well as aficionados of a good adventure layered with batteries, transformers and navigational tools."
Brains and technology battle evil in Pearl's (The Last Dickens, 2009, etc.) latest, an improbable but entertaining yarn of weird science. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DICKENS by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2009

"A pleasing whodunit that resolves nicely, bookending Dan Simmons's novel Drood (2009) as an imaginative exercise in what might be called alternative literary history."
A rousing yarn of opium, book pirating, murder most foul, man-on-man biting and other shenanigans—and that's just for starters. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BOOKANEER by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Pearl is a smooth writer whose adoption of the ambling pace, digressions, and melodrama of an earlier literary era may not suit today's instant gratifiers, but he offers many of the charms and unrushed distractions of a favorite old bookstore."
An entertaining adventure tale steeped in literary history tells of rival book pirates seeking their biggest prize, the last novel of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). Read full book review >

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MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

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GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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PEARL JAM TWENTY by Pearl Jam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A fun, photo-filled day-in-the-life chronicle of one of America's hardest-working rock bands."
Grunge monsters Pearl Jam compile 20 years' worth of firsthand remembrances, photos and tour-related ephemera in this oversized career-encapsulating scrapbook. Read full book review >