Search Results: "P.C.R. Monk"


BOOK REVIEW

Strange Metamorphosis by P.C.R. Monk
Released: March 15, 2013

"An engaging, clever YA adventure about a boy's journey into young adulthood."
In Monk's debut young-adult novel, a boy on the brink of a life-changing decision finds his world suddenly, unexpectedly changed. Read full book review >

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NOW YOU SEE IT... by Bathsheba Monk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"A pleasurable, if at times too tenuous, examination of hardscrabble lives and hapless dreams."
This debut collection of 17 linked stories examines, often comically, the slow demise of a Pennsylvania coal town. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"In Russell's paradox of a life, Monk uncompromisingly, enlighteningly reveals a complex mixture of caddishly cold behavior, profound intellectual passion, and a fierce social conscience. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first volume of Monk's biography cohesively, skeptically analyzes the aristocratic philosopher's mathematically logical intellect, Victorian purposefulness, and Edwardian mores. Read full book review >

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THE BANK MANAGER by Roger Monk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2016

"An unassuming detective story, but one that offers a vibrant array of characters."
An Australian police detective investigates a bank manager's disappearance in Monk's (The Bank Inspector, 2014, etc.) thriller sequel.Read full book review >

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NUDE WALKER by Bathsheba Monk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2011

"An allegory of old society confronting a new world, and a rollicking good read."
Kat Warren-Bineki didn't join the National Guard to see the world. She joined to escape the rusty tentacles of Warrenside, a depressed steel town—and to avoid her mother. Read full book review >

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HOPE by Isabell Monk
Released: March 9, 1999

"Sturdy faces, tender postures, and vibrant backgrounds considerably enliven the bibliotherapeutic proceedings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Monk takes a didactic tack in presenting one girl's ancestry, weaving into a story of several generations the scene of her African-American mother and Caucasian father's wedding. Read full book review >

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SWEET DREAMS by Joan Monk Potter
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An entertaining mix of romance and courtroom drama with a pair of sympathetic lead characters at its core."
In Monk Potter's debut novel, a romance between an anesthetist and a registered nurse is tested by a wrongful death suit and allegations of child abuse. Read full book review >

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ROBERT OPPENHEIMER by Ray Monk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2013

"A top-notch biography of Oppenheimer to sit alongside Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's American Prometheus (2006)."
A highly detailed examination of the life and times of Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the man who ushered in the Atomic Age and played a leading role in putting American science on the map. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2001

"Monk's generally negative portrait may alienate the great man's devotees, but it's the product of meticulous research and balanced by the biographer's esteem for a great intellect and outsized personality. (illustrations not seen)"
An outstanding conclusion to the story begun in Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921 (1996): the tragedy of a brilliant but flawed thinker who mistreated the humans closest to him while promoting humanity in the abstract. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MERMAID CHAIR by Sue Monk Kidd
Released: April 5, 2005

"Bestselling Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees (2002) has a gift for language, but the saccharine aftertaste won't go away."
According to Kidd's follow-up to The Secret Life of Bees, there's nothing like a little soulful adultery to get an anemic marriage back on track. Read full book review >

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THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Kidd's portrait of white slave-owning Southerners is all the more harrowing for showing them as morally complicated, while she gives Handful the dignity of being not simply a victim, but a strong, imperfect woman."
Kidd (The Mermaid Chair, 2005, etc.) hits her stride and avoids sentimental revisionism with this historical novel about the relationship between a slave and the daughter of slave owners in antebellum Charleston. Read full book review >

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Released: July 3, 2012

"A high-concept but uneven genre combo."
Monk (Magic Without Mercy, 2012, etc.) delivers the second installment in her genre-blending Age of Steam series. Read full book review >