Search Results: "Pat Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

MIDDLE MURPHY by Mark Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Six stories, a return of Michael Murphy from Costello's The Murphy Stories, that are uneven but filled with a marvelous sense of detail and affectionate satire: they manage ironically to deflate their midwestern subjects without turning mean-spirited. ``Young Republican'' is a series of carefully modulated vignettes about the narrator's father, a Republican County Chairman, ``forty-eight years old when I was born,'' who gets punched in the nose by a hired hand for political reasons. Read full book review >

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DUDLEY MURPHY by Susan Delson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A balanced portrait of a man and a panorama of his times, told with exceptional grace."
Dudley Murphy (1867-1968) doesn't bear a household name like vaunted film directors John Ford or King Vidor, but, as chronicled by Delson, his ambitious career out-barnstormed them all—even if it often only sputtered in the public eye. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE WITH MAX MERRIWELL by Pat Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Amusing, sometimes, and well handled but not really puzzling or enlightening: the sort of book where, halfway through all the shenanigans, you'll either care desperately or not at all."
As promised last time out, Murphy ties together both of her latest books (There and Back Again, 1999, and The Wild Angel, 2000) in this quasi-metafiction involving the I Ching, parallel universes, wolves, personal growth, literary games, and whatall. Read full book review >

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NADYA by Pat Murphy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Overextended but intense and gripping, with lots of authentic background detail."
Rousing historical fantasy from the author of the Nebula- winning The Falling Woman (1986), etc. In the 1830s, Dmitri and Marietta Rybak and their daughter Nadya carve out a farmstead in the wilds of Missouri. Read full book review >

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MURPHY, GOLD RUSH DOG  by Alison Hart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An adventure-filled tale set within a fascinating period of history. (historical note, bibliography, further reading) (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Historical fiction for dog lovers. Read full book review >

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THE WILD ANGEL by Pat Murphy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"1999's There and Back Again, along with her absurd chain of pseudonyms—at which news readers wary of the term 'metafiction' will probably run a mile."
Murphy's latest (by Pat Murphy "by Mary Merriwell by Max Merriwell," and just don't ask, okay?) is another wolf-girl saga (Nadya, 1996). Read full book review >

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PAT THE CAT by Jacqui Hawkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2011

"This irresistible app gets everything right, proving that simplicity is sometimes best. (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
Based on the picture book of the same name, this charming app is a flawless combination of music, sound effects, narration and interactive elements. Read full book review >

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PAT-A-CAKE by Mary Brigid Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"With its companion title, a playful romp in a please-touch-and-explore world. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
Moving on from baked goods, a diverse group of toddlers pat everything from an acorn to a puddle. Read full book review >

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THE WILD GIRLS by Pat Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A terrific mix of imagination, insight, character inventiveness and kindness create the kind of read that nourishes young minds and hearts. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Large, generous and creative characters populate this deeply satisfying novel that tells the story of "Newt" and "Fox" and how they learn to take on the challenges of their lives. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MURPHY by Roger Rosenblatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A colorful man nears his demise with a bit o' philosophizing and a song."
An elderly poet delivers a chatty, comic monologue on sex, death, life, and getting the girl. Read full book review >

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MOTHER MURPHY by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A welcome addition to the series about Collette and her loving family. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Collette's world turns upside down when she learns that her mother is expecting a fifth child, but in the end the Murphys work together to avoid losing a baby they discover they all very much want. Read full book review >

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THERE AND BACK AGAIN by Pat Murphy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 2, 1999

"Stay tuned for The Wild Angel by Mary Maxwell by Max Merriwell by Pat Murphy (don't say you weren't warned)."
A book written by the pseudonymous Max Merriwell, Murphy (Nadya, 1996, etc.) informs us (Merriwell also has a pseudonym—do you really want an explanation here? Read full book review >