Search Results: "Melanie Benjamin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A thoughtful examination of the forces which shaped the author of Gift from the Sea."
Biographical novel of Anne Morrow and her troubled marriage to pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh. Read full book review >

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ALICE I HAVE BEEN by Melanie Benjamin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Historical fiction hampered by a 21st-century perspective on Victorian values."
Benjamin's debut imagines Alice Liddell's experiences before and particularly after Lewis Carroll immortalized her. Read full book review >

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THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Melanie Benjamin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Elegant Babe's thoughts, if not her lips, are unsealed at last. Those unaware of the scandal get CliffsNotes; and everyone else gets a chance to judge whether a swan's muteness can be more interesting than her gripe."
Class, cliques, and cattiness converge in this New York fable based on the lives of Truman Capote and his greatest fan, Babe Paley. Read full book review >

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PARCHED by Melanie Crowder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 4, 2013

"A wrenching piece with a wisp of hope for the protagonists if not for the rest of their world. (Fiction. 12-14)"
With severe drought, child enslavement, and multiple shootings of people and dogs, this slim volume isn't for the faint of heart, though it repays those who soldier on. Read full book review >

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HE WHO DREAMS by Melanie Florence
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This novel allows young readers to embrace their own heritages and realize they stand on the shoulders of all their ancestors. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Living on his Cree mother's Aboriginal reserve but looking like his redheaded Irish father, narrator John McCaffrey struggles to discover where he belongs. Read full book review >

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OTHERHOOD by Melanie Notkin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A fun, sexy examination of why more women are remaining childless longer and what that means for their lives and society."
A frank, hopeful look inside the world of single, childless women facing the end of their fertility. Read full book review >

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SKYBOWL by Melanie Rawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Dedicated fans only."
Wrapping up the Dragon Star trilogy (Stronghold, 1990; The Dragon Token, p 24). Read full book review >

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WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2012

"By the end, Alice becomes downright unattractive, undeserving of the happiness that the genre typically grants. Nevertheless, women of a certain age will find her escapades breezy fun, especially since the William character is blatantly intended to bring Colin Firth to mind."
A domestic romantic fantasy for maturing but computer-savvy Bridget Jones fans, Gideon's first adult novel (The Slippery Year, 2009) concerns a wife torn between her uncommunicative, grumpy husband and the charming stranger she flirts with online. Read full book review >

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THE GLOAMING by Melanie Finn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Remarkably well-paced and well-written, this novel ends with an existentially astute finale. Don't expect to be able to set this book down or forget its haunted characters."
A propulsive literary thriller toggles between Switzerland and Tanzania. Read full book review >

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VALLEY OF THE MOON by Melanie Gideon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An enjoyable magic carpet ride back to an earlier time and a gentler place."
Two narrators, separated by nearly a century, tell a tale of old-time charm and contemporary agita. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"An attractively packaged and well-written handbook for aspiring artists that encourages readers to find value in mistakes as well as successful creations."
An exuberant guide to nourishing creativity and encouraging artistic experimentation. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSEKEEPER by Melanie Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2006

"A grim, ugly caricature of tragedy."
The author of Blue Horse Dreaming (2003) tells the unhappy story of a very unlucky girl. Read full book review >