Search Results: "Maureen Howard"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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B-MOTHER by Maureen O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2007

"An earnest and plodding narrative whose heroine comes across as a whiny victim, much put upon by cold parents, a caddish boyfriend and spoiled college acquaintances."
A teenaged girl has a baby out of wedlock in the 1970s and spends the next 18 years waiting to see if her happily adopted son will seek her out, in this first novel that reads like an updated Joan Crawford movie. Read full book review >

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AKA JANE by Maureen Tan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"Predictable but crisply written female fantasy, frothy and fun."
Coy debut action-romance featuring a British secret agent turned bestselling mystery novelist who can't quite stay out of the spy business. Read full book review >

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NEXT OF KIN by Maureen Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Sarah grows from an idea to a more fully realized character in this fourth installment of a series (Child's Play, 2014, etc.) that may just be hitting its stride."
A detective investigating a string of sex crimes senses that the key may be found in understanding her own biases against the perpetrators. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2000

"Despite championing the cause of intellectualism over 'emotivism,' Stout lets her anger bleed onto virtually every page, producing a document equally flavored by rant and whine, with just enough social history to let the reader taste what might have been."
This analysis of a controversial trend in American education—the gearing of public schools in the 1980s toward teaching self-esteem—is all but doomed by its lack of focus and poor organization. Read full book review >