Search Results: "Maxine Swann"


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THE FOREIGNERS by Maxine Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Beautifully written, sensual and seductive."
The exotic (and erotic) aura of Buenos Aires leads Daisy, the narrator, into some murky personal and sexual encounters. Read full book review >

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FLOWER CHILDREN by Maxine Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2007

"More of a mood piece than a novel."
Hippies' offspring turn out to be as anxious and confused as regular kids. Read full book review >

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SERIOUS GIRLS by Maxine Swann
Released: Nov. 3, 2003

"Wonderfully perceptive and precise about an age that's too often portrayed in vague generalities."
With sensitivity and quiet wit, O. Henry Award-winner Swann delineates the turmoil of adolescence. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Still, this anthology of Native narratives is a valuable sourcebook that takes ample note of specificity among tribes and, in the process, tells some awfully good stories."
Old stories receive new translations in this mammoth but spotty anthology. Read full book review >

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NIGHT GARDENING by E.L. Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1999

"Many a stylistic stumble, a paper-thin male lead, and much horticulture aimed straight at the sentimental."
Children's writer Kathryn Lasky becomes E.L. Swann to author this adult melodrama about declining families, thankless children, and, above all, blossoming love in the golden years. 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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HIT AND RUN by Maxine O’Callaghan
Released: March 16, 1989

A hard-cover debut for Delilah West—an Orange County p.i. so hard on her luck that she lives in her office, showers at friends' places, and eats mostly candy bars. Read full book review >

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SET-UP by Maxine O’Callaghan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"Two-dimensional characters, plus predictable plotting, don't help much either."
Orange County investigator Delilah West (Hit and Run, 1989) returns, better fed, better bedded, but duller. Read full book review >

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TRADE-OFF by Maxine O’Callaghan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 24, 1994

"The mystery's too flat and unsurprising to provide serious competition to Kinsey Millhone, but no-nonsense Delilah turns in solid second-tier work."
Another missing daughter in Orange County—how do any of those girls live long enough to have daughters of their own?—in a case that quickly turns nasty when PI Delilah West (Set-Up, 1991, etc.), leaving Benjamin Wylie's upscale home, trips over the corpse of his next-door neighbor, Kate Sannerman. Read full book review >

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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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AMERICAN HEAVEN by Maxine Chernoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1996

"Charismatic characters turn what might have been just a study in the solace of memories into an enjoyable and engaging novel."
An intimate study of love and friendship, and the stoic resignation with which we sometimes do without both, this latest from poet Chernoff (Signs of Devotion, 1993, etc.) introduces four memorable characters on a quest for human compassion. Read full book review >

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TOUCHING THE DISTANCE by Brian Swann
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Dazzling to the eyes, these pages tease the mind and jump-start the imagination. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A companion volume to Swann's earlier collection, A Basket Full of White Eggs (1988); in this compilation, 14 haiku-like riddles are posed opposite vibrant mixed-media sculpted images that contain the answers. Read full book review >