Search Results: "Oliver Pearl"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 25, 2012

"A readable, witty exercise in modernist urban erotica."
A police raid on the office of a San Francisco dentist sets in motion an erotic novel that offers plenty of laughing gas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEEN IT ALL AND DONE THE REST by Pearl Cleage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2008

"Good intentions, good politics and a spirited heroine can't salvage the paint-by-numbers plot."
Predictable tale of a woman going back home and helping her struggling community. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVENTH BEGGAR by Pearl Abraham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"A fascinating and scary tale that collapses under the weight of its own esoterica. Abraham (The Romance Reader, 1995, etc.) rambles maddeningly, and her account may be incomprehensible to any not well-versed in the arcana of Hasidic folklore and theology."
An unrelentingly recondite tale about a young Yeshiva scholar who comes to grief by delving too deeply into the stories of a Hasidic mystic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN TALIBAN by Pearl Abraham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"Cutting away from John at the critical moment robs the reader of the opportunity to see his ideals and mettle truly tested, leaving only the ideological travelogue of a disengaged slacker."
A 19-year-old would-be mystic skims the surface of jihad, in Abraham's fourth (The Seventh Beggar, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST WANNA TESTIFY by Pearl Cleage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2011

"Vampy romp best appreciated by existing fans of the West End series."
Five sexy vampires show up in Atlanta, causing considerable consternation for local godfather Blue Hamilton and his wife Regina. Read full book review >

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WHAT LOOKS LIKE CRAZY ON AN ORDINARY DAY by Pearl Cleage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Cleage is on your tail."
It takes talent to make a love story between an AIDS victim and a convicted murderer work, but playwright/essayist Cleage (Deals with the Devil, 1993, etc.) more than meets the challenge in this gutsy, very likable fiction debut. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BOOKANEER by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Pearl is a smooth writer whose adoption of the ambling pace, digressions, and melodrama of an earlier literary era may not suit today's instant gratifiers, but he offers many of the charms and unrushed distractions of a favorite old bookstore."
An entertaining adventure tale steeped in literary history tells of rival book pirates seeking their biggest prize, the last novel of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIVING UP AMERICA by Pearl Abraham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A disappointment whose structural woes have the feel of an unfinished draft."
Can Abraham, whose first novel (The Romance Reader, 1995) was a sleeper hit of considerable merit, avoid the sophomore jinx with her second? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THINGS I SHOULD HAVE TOLD MY DAUGHTER by Pearl Cleage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A warts-and-all self-portrait rendered in juicy, robust prose."
Cleage (Just Wanna Testify, 2011, etc.) reprints journal entries chronicling her tumultuous life in the 1970s and '80s. Read full book review >

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I WISH I HAD A RED DRESS by Pearl Cleage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2001

"More a bully pulpit than a novel."
An Oprah Book Club author (also see Mitchard, below) returns with a relentlessly on-message companion novel to What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (1997), this one featuring Ava's older sister Joyce, a strong woman who finally finds a man who's good enough. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIDE POOL SECRETS by Narelle Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A solid choice for those who live near or are interested in tide pools. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
A lift-the-flap book explores tide pools. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEW SWEATER by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2012

"A joyful take on a serious lesson. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The clothes make the Huey in Jeffers' picture-book ode to nonconformity. Read full book review >