Search Results: "Maxine Kumin"


BOOK REVIEW

QUIT MONKS OR DIE! by Maxine Kumin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Kumin's stylish riddles come packaged with just enough clues to deepen their mystery till the quiet fadeout."
In the little kingdom of Montandino, California, Chief of Police Diego (Digger) Martinez is the Eagle, and Dr. Harold Baranoff is the king. Read full book review >

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Released: July 25, 1994

"Antiseptic stories pale beside lush and verdant nonfiction: an unfortunate coupling."
A collection beginning with consistently engaging essays loses its footing in the dreary fiction that follows, bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kumin's (In Deep, 1987, etc.) latest to a wobbly end. Read full book review >

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LIZZIE! by Maxine Kumin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Readers would do better with Millicent Min or The One and Only Ivan (2012). (Fiction. 8-11)"
Kumin's latest effort is hindered by its format; this fictional autobiography is as unpolished and disorganized as a real preteen's diary. Read full book review >

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WHAT COLOR IS CAESAR? by Maxine Kumin
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Friend's paintings, executed in gouache and featuring wide-eyed characters and a sunny pastoral setting, are pleasant enough but don't redeem this tedious tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A faux-philosophical problem, predictable plot and overlong text combine to create a disappointingly dull adventure. Read full book review >

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THE PAWNBROKER'S DAUGHTER by Maxine Kumin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 2015

"Kumin and her husband experienced an idyllic life on their 200-acre horse farm in New Hampshire, 'living a wide-open lifestyle.' Happily, she shared that life with the rest of us through her writing."
A posthumous publication of five essays by former Poet Laureate Kumin (And Short the Seasons: Poems, 2014, etc.), who died in 2014.Read full book review >

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OH, HARRY! by Maxine Kumin
ANIMALS
Released: June 21, 2011

"Good fun for the preschool set and slightly beyond. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Combine a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet with a National Book Award-winning artist and, honestly, it's hard to go wrong. Read full book review >

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MITES TO MASTODONS by Maxine Kumin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

Kumin, a distinguished poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, offers 19 rhyming poems that each focus on one specific creature in this somewhat uneven but beautifully illustrated collection. Read full book review >

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PI-RAT! by Maxine Lee
by Maxine Lee, illustrated by Maxine Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Good piratical fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pirate rat and his fearless crew sail the seas—until a "monster" ends the voyage. Read full book review >

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WINDFALL by Maxine Paetro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"It's all utterly predictable, but neatly poised between flippancy and sentiment: a smooth, wish-fulfilling ride for thirtysomething-ish females."
Paetro's third (following Babydreams, 1989, and Manshare, 1986) is a larkish tidbit that goes nicely with pi§a coladas and beach umbrellas—a trendy fantasy for the sorts of girls who invariably give their hearts to altar-shy guys. Read full book review >

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Tested by the Night by Maxine Mansfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"Pleasant adventure takes a back seat to eroticism in this fantasy romance."
With her bodyguard-turned-lover at her side and a few magical tricks up her sleeve, a princess embarks on a quest to earn the right to rule her patriarchal society in the fifth installment of Mansfield's (Touched by Magic, 2012, etc.) Academy Series. Read full book review >