Search Results: "Maureen Howard"


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NATURAL HISTORY by Maureen Howard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Puzzlingly self-defeating."
James Bray, a Hollywood actor looking for some kind of meaningful resurrection, is drawn back to his Bridgeport, Connecticut, home in search of animating memories of his hard-working detective father and a frustrating murder case he lost during the war—a case involving a socialite and a soldier. Read full book review >

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THE SILVER SCREEN by Maureen Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2004

"Meticulous and graceful, though some may find the allusions, dense sentences, and sometimes-opaque narrative a touch rarefied."
A woman renounces a promising film career to raise two children, their life journeys weaving a gossamer tale of transitions and death. Read full book review >

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BIG AS LIFE by Maureen Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2001

"Howard's abundant career has been notable for its inventive amplitude—a feature that her most recent gathering demonstrates with powerful, if occasionally allusive, storytelling."
A trio of tales in the second of Howard's novels (after A Lover's Almanac, 1998) planned for each of the seasons. Spring, in her sophisticated vision, is a time of imaginative generosity, generative creation, and the bright moment when human finitude is brought into relief. Read full book review >

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A LOVER'S ALMANAC by Maureen Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A worthy gathering—sometimes Dos Passos, sometimes Faulkner, sometimes Howard—that would have offered greater pleasures, as almanac and otherwise, at, say, two thirds its length."
The attempt here—a novel as expansive as an almanac, with a bit of everything in it—raises Howard's latest sometimes to considerable heights but as often slows it to a crawl through lives and commentary not always interesting enough for the trip. Read full book review >

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BOOK REPORT for The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Straight Up With A Sense of Humor

Bonus Factors: Cults, Underground London

Relationship Status: Where Do You Think You’re Going?

 

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

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ALL THE WHILE THE SLIME WAS UNDER THE BUILDING
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BOOK REPORT for The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)  by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: A For Effort
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist
Bonus Factors: Ghosts, London, Creepy Old Insane Asylum
Relationship Status: Rebound


 

Cover Story: A For Effort

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BOOK REVIEW

ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME by Maureen McCarthy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"Older teens just stepping into adulthood will recognize and appreciate Rose's authentic transformative experiences. (Fiction. YA)"
Rose's road trip up the Australian coast invokes flashbacks from the previous year, when her parents' marriage, plans for college and best friendship all fell apart. Read full book review >

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FIRST FATHER, FIRST DAUGHTER by Maureen Reagan
Released: April 3, 1989

If all of this cheery book were as clichÇd and sanitized as the opening chapters, one could write it off as the first of the first family's memoirs: exuberant yet inconsequential. Read full book review >

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DIVINING BLOOD by Maureen McCoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"But still much to enjoy."
All McCoy's strengths—a feisty heroine, a strong regional presence, and much colorful writing—are here, but again the premise and resolution, in this her third novel (Summertime, Walking After Midnight), seem imposed rather than naturally evolving. Read full book review >

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A JOURNEYMAN TO GRIEF by Maureen Jennings
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"A surprisingly tender tale of slavery, addiction, violence and revenge served ice-cold. "
An interrupted 19th-century honeymoon ends 38 years later in a violent outburst. Read full book review >

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DYING BAD by Maureen Carter
Released: March 1, 2013

"The dialogue Carter (Mother Love, 2012, etc.) provides between the enemies-turned-collaborators is so snappy that readers may well forgive the lack of narrative drive."
Fast-talking enemies must join forces to stop the leader of a child prostitution ring from striking again. Read full book review >