Search Results: "Michael Lee West"


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GONE WITH A HANDSOMER MAN by Michael Lee West
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 12, 2011

"All the food mystery staples are duly trotted out, but the soufflé is DOA."
In West's culinary mystery debut, an amateur pastry chef is the prime suspect in her fiancé's murder. Read full book review >

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MAD GIRLS IN LOVE by Michael Lee West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2005

"At 500-plus pages, more panorama then drama."
Sequel to the much darker Crazy Ladies (1990), West's fourth is a marathon romp through Southern froth. Read full book review >

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SHE FLEW THE COOP by Michael Lee West
Released: June 1, 1994

"This robs an otherwise clever and colorful soap opera of much of its charm."
A skillful follow-up to her first novel, Crazy Ladies (1990), West's new tale chronicles a year in the life of a stuffy and gossip-ridden Louisiana town. Read full book review >

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MERMAIDS IN THE BASEMENT by Michael Lee West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Few surprises on the road to rapprochement, but the belles's barbed commentary never fails to entertain."
Southern belles hell-bent on belated truth-telling in West's latest wacky outing (Mad Girls in Love, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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AMERICAN PIE by Michael Lee West
Released: Sept. 25, 1996

"Colorful, larger-than-life characters strut and stew with zest across an equally colorful terrain—in a tale that grips in spite of itself. ($35,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Southern gothic and soap-opera hype collide exuberantly in West's vivid if hokey third novel (She Flew the Coop, 1994, etc.): a tale of three sisters and their plucky Grandma fighting to dispel a family curse in a small Tennessee town. Read full book review >

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A TEENY BIT OF TROUBLE by Michael Lee West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2012

"Far too many characters and a large school of red herrings impede the flow, but snarky repartee, and the continuing conceit of Teeny's recipes for disaster, keep the comedy afloat."
Second installment in the adventures of freelance baker and reluctant sleuth Teeny Templeton. Read full book review >

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SOME SUNNY READING FOR A STRANGE SPRING
by Bobbi Dumas

Is spring a little wiggy for you this year? In Wisconsin, it really can’t figure out what it wants to do. A week or so ago it was a sunny eighty degrees and now it’s cool and rainy, hovering around fifty. Thankfully there are so many bright books releasing these days that we can find sun in their pages, if ...


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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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THE SECRET'S OUT
by Leila Roy

While there’s no explicit rule against romantic relationships, our colonial ancestor jinxed them in her Last Word: “Beware ye aromateur; lay your traps of love, but do not yourself get caught.” Fall in love and, like Aunt Bryony, lose your supersniffer. It’s why Mother chose my father from a list of donors she got in the mail like a ...

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MACKENZI LEE
by Shara Zaval

In Mackenzi Lee’s first month working at the Harvard Coop while earning her M.F.A in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, the store sold 40 copies of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Until then, they had sold five copies. Total. Customers would say, “ ‘I’m looking for a board book for a baby shower,’ and I would ...


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ÉDOUARD LOUIS
by Rhett Morgan

In 2014 at the age of 22, Édouard Louis published his first novel, The End of Eddy, in France and caused a sensation in the French press. Like another recently celebrated European author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Louis takes directly from his own life to craft bleak images. Also like Knausgaard, he came under intense media scrutiny as investigative journalists sought ...


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