Search Results: "Owen Beattie"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Time Quest'' series: a fresh, vividly illustrated look at modern methods of archeological research. (Fiction/Nonfiction. 11-14)"
In 1845, famed explorer Sir John Franklin set out with two ships in search of the elusive Northwest Passage; the expedition vanished, leaving only a few artifacts and several lonely graves for subsequent searchers to find. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 16, 1986

"Skilled woe-is-modern-life pieces with little underneath and few surprises, but expert on the modish surface."
Sixteen pieces by Beattie (nine from The New Yorker): glimpses of anxiety and ennui done with fashionable skill and deftness. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2009

"A readable, timely discussion of the world economic system."
Free markets are born of free societies. So why are our markets no longer free? Bad choices were made—therein lies the nub of Financial Times world trade editor Beattie's excursus into economic history. Read full book review >

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LOVE ALWAYS by Ann Beattie
Released: June 10, 1985

"But past fans of her clear insight into our society's absurd rituals will welcome her latest offering, an engaging romp through the perils of modern life and mores."
Beattie, author of the acclaimed Chilly Scenes of Winter, once again pierces the peccadillos of our dissatisfied modern culture. Read full book review >

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THE CORNER BOYS by Geoffrey Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Formulaic and not as surprising as it means to be: a decent thriller with some nice local color and not much else."
paper 0-575-40194-X Newcomer Beattie, an Irish academic (Psychology/Univ. of Manchester), portrays life in Belfast during the Troubles from the perspective of a malcontent Protestant teenager. Read full book review >

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WHAT WAS MINE by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Deftly crafted, particularly in the child-parent quandary, these stories nonetheless leave surprisingly little impact on the reader when taken as a whole, save perhaps for the sense of disquiet and aimless search these characters are destined to go through."
Beattie's fifth collection of stories, 12 in all, continues to chart the course of fractured love and family in modern, restless times. Read full book review >

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THE NEW YORKER STORIES by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Beattie (Walks with Men, 2010, etc.) sometimes stumbles, but her mordant and frequently comic depictions of ways in which we persevere, screw up and usually survive our own foolishness give her better stories genuine power, and make them well worth returning to."
A generous gathering of 48 stories first published in the eponymous weekly often defined by Beattie's trademark understatements, ellipses and—let's admit it—occasionally clichéd situations and plots. Read full book review >

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MRS. NIXON by Ann Beattie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Self-indulgent though fitfully intriguing."
Best known for her short fiction (The New Yorker Stories, 2010, etc.), Beattie circles around an enigmatic First Lady in an odd text that takes a lit-crit approach to a biographical subject. Read full book review >

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PICTURING WILL by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 1989

"Still, her quirky humor and her dialogue, wickedly good, just about make the trip worthwhile."
Children have often figured prominently in Beattie's fiction, though they have seldom been as young as Will, the five-year-old object of inquiry of her first novel since Love Always (1985): it's a kind of contemporary version of James' What Maisie Knew in which Beattie—with mixed results—places Will in a tangle of divorced parents and their new spouses and lovers and patrons. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER YOU by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1995

"Vivid, rich, and utterly real: this time, Beattie has fitted her voice to her subject perfectly, and shaped her subject without flaw."
Beattie's first novel since Picturing Will (1990): a chilling, intriguing, and altogether deft exposition of the domestic life of a middle-aged college professor who finds his world cracking beneath the strain of a deluge of unsought revelations. Read full book review >

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PARK CITY by Ann Beattie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 1998

"Both versions are on display here."
This compilation of 36 tales, with eight never before published in book form and the remainder drawn from this prolific author's five story collections, starkly illuminates Beattie's strengths and limitations. Read full book review >