Search Results: "Patricia Hampl"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FLORIST’S DAUGHTER by Patricia Hampl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A memoir for memoirists to admire—with language that pierces."
A dutiful daughter—and superb memoirist—reflects upon the deaths of her parents. Read full book review >

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VIRGIN TIME by Patricia Hampl
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Much like a High Mass: rich, beautiful, boring, elevating."
Hampl, a poet, professor (English/Univ. of Minnesota), and MacArthur Fellow, peers into her soul and finds the Church. Read full book review >

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BLUE ARABESQUE by Patricia Hampl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"An artful, affecting memoir whose lessons arrive in a delicious whisper."
Charmed in youth by a Matisse at the Art Institute of Chicago, a memoirist (I Could Tell You Stories, 1999, etc.) later pursues the painter's story and discovers more of her own. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Dogged and various in her explorations on memoir, she gives weight to her belief in the intellectual need in our culture to become 'sophisticated about the function of memory.'"
Those tired of the reductive view of autobiography as voyeur's toy will welcome these investigations on the form's redemptive powers and link to history. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA VON PLEASANTSQUIRREL by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Illustrated with simple cartoons in yellow, purple and gray, this tongue-in-cheek mini-epic will have parents and younger fans of Proimos' offbeat Johnny Mutton tales snickering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired by a certain children's classic about a "silly boy with no social graces" who becomes king of the Wild Things, snotty young Patricia decides to leave home in search of the princessdom she is sure that she deserves. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED STORIES OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

This massive tome reprints five of the seven complete collections of short stories by Highsmith (1921-95), together with a brief introduction by Graham Greene excerpted from a sixth. Read full book review >

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THE GRILLING SEASON by Diane Mott Davidson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"But the plot is labyrinthine and beyond belief Amiable, readable, forgettable."
Goldy Schulz, the catering queen of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is once again embroiled in murder (The Main Corpse, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF NEEDY GIRLS by Patricia Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Bites off more than it can possibly chew, then—poof—makes it all go away in the last 20 pages."
When a 10-year-old boy is murdered and a high school teacher is accused of molesting a student, a small Massachusetts town is rocked to its ignorant core. Read full book review >

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THE RINGER by Jenny Shank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Shank's first at-bat as a novelist is a hit."
Salvador Santillano dies on the shabby bedroom floor of a suspected drug lair, shot by Ed O'Fallon, a police officer: a by-the-book SWAT raid—at the wrong address. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2002

"Extraordinary people with extraordinary experiences—all expressed in leaden prose that drags to earth a story that should soar."
In language most hackneyed, a mother relates her daughter's struggle to survive pediatric HIV/AIDS and her emergence as a spokesperson for AIDS awareness. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Well-intentioned, but nowhere near the deepest read on the shelf."
Davis (Harlot's Sauce, 2008) gives cheerful advice for young women. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Occasionally disjointed, but readers will quite likely be both charmed and educated by these dedicated, candid, brilliant women."
Two generations of civil-rights insights from an activist in her 60s and her daughter, a newspaper reporter turned novelist (The Living Blood, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >