Search Results: "Mona Simpson"


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A REGULAR GUY by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

With a bestselling debut (Anywhere But Here, 1987) followed by a shaky sequel (The Lost Father, 1991), Simpson has a lot riding on her latest effort—which proves to be a challenging but less-than- riveting saga of a girl who finally meets her larger-than-life father but has difficulty getting his attention. Read full book review >

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THE LOST FATHER by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"Disappointing."
Overly long, repetitive, often irritating sequel to Simpson's bestselling first novel (Anywhere But Here, 1987), which recounted Anne Stevenson's upbringing by a pathological mother. Read full book review >

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CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A clever twist on a shopworn theme by a top-shelf novelist."
A child of divorce turns private eye in the latest well-observed study of domestic dysfunction from Simpson (My Hollywood, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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OFF KECK ROAD by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2000

"Before it finally finds its groove, though, the slow pace and soft diffusiveness try the patience."
A short, quiet novel moves very slowly through uneventful lives in the 1950s. Read full book review >

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MY HOLLYWOOD by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2010

"Simpson trades chapters between Claire and Lola's viewpoints, but Claire never becomes Lola's equal, as a character or as a human being."
This dour take on class and immigration from Simpson (Off Keck Road, 2001, etc.) focuses on a circle of wealthy Hollywood families and the nannies who care for their spoiled children. Read full book review >

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Under the African Sky by Mona Sehgal
Released: July 16, 2016

"A quiet but winsome African tale, in which ordinary landscapes and animals become extraordinary."
In this debut middle-grade novella, a young New Yorker's trip to South Africa takes a rousing turn once he accepts an elephant's invitation to a wondrous pond. Read full book review >

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HEADSCARVES AND HYMENS by Mona Eltahawy
NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 2015

"Although Eltahawy's passionate book contributes to the struggle against women's oppression, in the face of endemic misogyny, the potential for revolution seems chillingly remote."
The plight of women in the Middle East. Read full book review >

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OIL SPILL: DISASTER by Mona Chiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Consider this one only for a short-term stopgap. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In an obvious case of "rush-to-publish," a general account of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's first month or so is filled out with information about how oil is refined and used in manufacturing, alternative sources of energy, a profile of two Indiana middle schoolers who studied the role of grasses in removing contaminants from industrially polluted soil and four truncated interviews with energy and wildlife scientists working for various research organizations. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 18, 1994

"Except for some overblown theorizing: an important and incisive study, of potential interest to all women professionals."
Why many women lawyers are so miserable, and what they can do to change the profession; by attorney-turned-political-scientist Harrington (The Dream of Deliverance in American Politics, 1986). Read full book review >

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13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL by Mona Awad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Beautifully constructed; a devastating novel but also a deeply empathetic one."
A young woman navigates uneasy relationships with herself, her weight, and the world in Awad's painfully raw—and bitingly funny—debut. Read full book review >

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CARE AND EQUALITY by Mona Harrington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 1999

"After an impressive beginning, Harrington disappoints by hiding behind a 'politics' of liberal family policy rather than providing what her analysis indicates is really needed: a liberal theory of the family."
A partially successful attempt to deny that "liberal family policy" is an oxymoron. Read full book review >