Search Results: "Monica Hughes"


BOOK REVIEW

MONICA by Saunders Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"But Lewis is also an obtrusive writer whose digressions and summaries both vitiate this novel's artfulness and make it unlikely that Monica will ever be seen as anything more than an unusually interesting period piece."
Monica ($17.95 paperback original; Oct. 31; 120 pp.; 1-85411-195-7): The first American edition of a once-notorious 1930 novel by eminent Welsh writer Lewis (18931985), whose only foray into prose fiction was this Bovary-an tale of an unhappy housewife sustained, then betrayed, by her overheated romantic imagination. Read full book review >

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INVITATION TO THE GAME by Monica Hughes
FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

"A mixed effort, but entertaining. (Fiction. 12+)"
The choice for high-school graduates in 2154: to live on the dole or become colonists. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN AQUARIANS by Monica Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1995

"Walt's forgiveness as genuine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The spiritual metamorphosis of a boy into a man is juxtaposed with the transformation of a pacific planet in this intergalactic thriller. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISE by Monica Hughes
FANTASY
Released: June 30, 1992

"There may even be a subtext about the harsh price society exacts from women who choose wider responsibilities than love and family. (Fiction. 10+)"
Honoring her parents' promise, ten-year-old Princess Rania is taken from her lush palace and thrust into the arid desert home of Sandwriter, the powerful shaman whose magic is essential to survival in their world. Read full book review >

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KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The book's portrayal of Pandy feels both self-congratulatory and unintentionally unpleasant, the hostility toward male characters is virulent—the only good male in the book may not be one—and the sense of humor is nil."
Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, 2008, etc.) is still playing her Sex and the City riffs in this self-referential sort-of satire about an author whose insanely popular fictional creation has taken over her life.Read full book review >

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THE CRYSTAL DROP by Monica Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 1993

"Megan and Ian are strong, believable characters who come through many dangers and reach a haven at the end, but the author's bleak vision of the near future is more vivid than their adventures. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When their mother dies in childbirth, teenaged Megan and her younger brother Ian flee their arid farm—ecological catastrophe has made Canada's Alberta a desert—and, lured by the promise of abundant water, head for the Rockies, braving an array of natural hazards and encountering only a few people (some kind, some not). Read full book review >

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RUPERT HUGHES by James O. Kemm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"History's verdicts are often unfair, but despite Kemm's best, belabored efforts to resurrect Cousin Rupert's reputation, he's arguing a losing case. (30 b&w photos)"
A tediously enthusiastic biography of a once celebrated man of letters. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 14, 1968

"The casual but forceful thrust of his poetry, a recurrent concern for the mulatto, his tremendous versatility, the uncompromising posture are affirmed in a highly sympathetic but nevertheless reliable account of his life."
"To my mind it is the duty of the younger Negro artist. . . to change through the force of his art that old whispering 'I want to be white,' hidden in the aspiration of his people, to 'Why should I want to be white? I am a Negro—and beautiful!'" That was the twenty-four-year-old Hughes writing in The Nation in 1926 and it is an early sign of an integrity that he maintained throughout his life. Read full book review >

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LANGSTON HUGHES by Alice Walker
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"No bibliography or source notes are included. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The text of a 1974 picture-book biography of the poet Langston Hughes is reprinted, with new illustrations. Read full book review >

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TED HUGHES by Jonathan Bate
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Unauthorized, yes, but worthy of becoming the standard life of Hughes. Illuminating, elegant, and excellent."
Imaginative, comprehensive biography of the writer best known in the United States not for his own work, but for his tragic marriage to the doomed Sylvia Plath. Read full book review >

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HOWARD HUGHES by Charles Higham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1993

"Undeniably a hypnotic portrait of a great American monster."
An outing of the billionaire closet bisexual by Higham, whose bios include lives of Cary Grant, Brando, Orson Welles, the Duchess of Windsor, and L.B. Mayer, among others. Read full book review >

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Keep Santa Monica Clean by Pasha Adam
Released: July 21, 2016

"A wildly entertaining take on Hollywood and the slime beneath the sparkle."
A Los Angeles noir novel shows readers a side of the city that they don't often allow themselves to see. Read full book review >