Search Results: "Moira Young"


BOOK REVIEW

REBEL HEART by Moira Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Where Blood Red Road (2011) was fast-paced and chaotic, this meandering book just bogs down. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 12 & up)"
Good post-apocalyptic fiction raises questions about humankind's capacity to learn from its mistakes, but this thinly-plotted second installment of the Dustlands trilogy is not up to the task. Read full book review >

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BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 7, 2011

"Readers looking for a strong female protagonist will find much to look forward to in this new series. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Born on Midwinter Day, Saba and her twin brother Lugh are opposites—she's dark, scrawny and cantankerous, while he exudes calm with his golden beauty—but that doesn't stop her from rising to the occasion when he needs her. Read full book review >

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MOIRA ORFEI IN AIGUES-MORTES by Wayne Koestenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Koestenbaum may be reaching to combine the mad genius of Pale Fire with the florid outlaw sexuality of Jean Genet, but his narrator has neither the wit of the former nor the nuance of the latter."
From poet and cultural critic Koestenbaum (The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, 1993, etc.), a first novel made up of the lunatic rantings of ailing concert pianist Theo Mangrove. Read full book review >

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THE LAST WILL OF MOIRA LEAHY by Therese Walsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Most alive when it focuses on the supposedly mousy twin."
First-time novelist Walsh uneasily combines a romantic adventure about a missing dagger with the psychological story of an adolescent sibling rivalry. Read full book review >

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YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"This book will not only thoroughly entertain everyone who reads it; it is the most immaculate takedown of slut-shaming in literature or anywhere else. Cheers, and gratitude, to the author."
When a young political intern in South Florida has an affair with her boss, it leads to disaster—at least at first. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ONCE by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Quiet but powerful; fans of Modiano's smoky, humid postwar world will enjoy this slowly unfolding mystery."
Modiano's transitional novel, first published in 1981, that marked an end to literary experimentation in favor of his largely unadorned though deeply atmospheric style. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ORSON by Patrick McGilligan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"McGilligan works overtime trying to justify such a massive book about only a part of Welles' life, but it's also buoyed by a dependably powerful subject at the center."
A boy wonder's life—overlong but also filling. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ELIOT by Robert Crawford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"Although Crawford modestly claims that his biography is neither 'official' nor definitive, it is unlikely to be surpassed."
A masterful biography of the canonical modernist. Read full book review >

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YOUNG WIDOWER by John W. Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An urgent, palpably emotional account of coping with extreme grief."
Wallace Stegner fellow Evans (Creative Writing/Stanford Univ.) mourns the untimely death of his wife. Read full book review >

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YOUNG PHILBY by Robert Littell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A Cold-War spy novel for the top shelf."
A dizzying "what if" take on (in)famous British spy Kim Philby. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 4, 2010

"Intelligent and intricate, though occasionally dull."
A prosopography of Keats, Shelley, Byron and others. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ZEUS by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Underplaying the old tale's violence (and leaving the gods' sexual 'fun' out altogether) without losing its general drift, the author crafts a robust but light alternative to the plethora of more conventional renditions available. (dramatis personae, author's note) (Picture book/mythology. 7-9)"
Adding a few details of his own (" ‘I'm Zeus, your brother,' said the victorious young god. ‘Let's play!' ") to ancient sources, Karas tracks the mighty lad as he grows up in hiding, forces his father Cronus to vomit up his older brother-and-sister gods, then frees his aunts and uncles the Cyclopes and Hundred-Handers to battle their own sibs, the Titans, for supremacy. Read full book review >