Search Results: "Megan McDowell"


BOOK REVIEW

FEVER DREAM by Samanta Schweblin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"In a literary thriller of the highest order, Schweblin teases out the underlying anxieties of being vulnerable and loving vulnerable creatures and of being an inhabitant of a planet with an increasingly uncertain future."
A taut, exquisite page-turner vibrating with existential distress and cumulative dread. Read full book review >

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MULTIPLE CHOICE by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Though the overall effect is fragmentary, Zambra's fragments are consistently witty and provocative. A-minus."
True or false: can effective fiction be written in the format of a standardized test? Read full book review >

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MY DOCUMENTS by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Winningly arch and unusual takes on common household predicaments."
Eleven quirky tales from the Chilean novelist (Ways of Going Home, 2013, etc.), powered by people's fear of relationships and the strange ways we project our urge for connection onto others.Read full book review >

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WAYS OF GOING HOME by Alejandro Zambra
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A metafictional layer cake of political, technical and poetic reflection—short, deft and striking."
How does the experience of dictatorship impact the children, and what is the relationship between writers and their material, asks a noted Chilean novelist. Read full book review >

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SEEING RED by Lina Meruane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Meruane, whom Roberto Bolaño called one of the 'greats in the new generation of Chilean writers,' fashions a challenging metafiction that ventures into fresh and provocative places."
A female writer who is losing her sight probes the meaning of language, genre, and the reader's expectations. Read full book review >

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THE PRIVATE LIVES OF TREES by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2010

"A fleeting story translated with care—worth savoring."
So often, we don't miss the things we love until we're sure they're gone for good—that's part of the lesson in this elegant, all-too-brief novella from prize-winning Chilean novelist and poet Zambra (Bonsai, 2008). Read full book review >

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DIVORCE IS IN THE AIR by Gonzalo Torné
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This novel should spark interest in Torné's previous two and anticipation for what's to come."
Nothing really happens outside the protagonist's head in this book, but the author's virtuosic command of voice sustains the narrative momentum. Read full book review >

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CAMANCHACA by Diego Zúñiga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A smart, straightforward narrative that reveals the varied mood a shared experience can evoke."
A young man strains to understand the source of his parents' split as well as an uncle's suspicious death. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2010

"The information is hardly new, but McDowell contextualizes it well, giving solid insight into a dynamic and influential group."
A literary critic takes an intimate look at famous literary partnerships of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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CAROLINA HARMONY by Marilyn Taylor McDowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"Although Taylor clearly aims to emphasize the value of the old mountain ways, her nuanced narrative illuminates the value and the potential pitfalls of both modern and mountain culture. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Taylor's impressive debut takes place in the western mountains of 1960s North Carolina, just when modern, legalistic American culture has begun encroaching on the old mountain ways. Read full book review >

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Accidental Dad by Joshua McDowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"A sobering and ultimately effective personal manifesto for changing American child custody procedures."
A memoir offers a case for altering how U.S. courts view single fathers. Read full book review >

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL by Beck McDowell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 25, 2012

"Nevertheless, a vividly depicted and gripping tragedy. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
In this fast-paced, suspenseful thriller, two high-school seniors and a classroom full of first-graders are held hostage at gunpoint by a distraught, emotionally disturbed parent. Read full book review >