Search Results: "Patricia Scanlan"


BOOK REVIEW

FRANCESCA’S PARTY by Patricia Scanlan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Groundbreaking, no, but compelling enough to hold you till the end."
Hell hath no fury, etc.—in the Irish author's tale about a Dublin housewife's cheating husband. 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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DOES FREDDY DANCE by Dick Scanlan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Stylish, relevant writing."
A carefully composed, tautly executed debut collection of 16 interlocking stories that poses a collective riddle: How does the '90s gay man who has fled his family recover a lost domestic ideal, even if he never had it? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"The author's tribute is heartfelt, and Sweat is a worthy subject, but there simply isn't enough material here for a full-length book."
An earnest attempt to view championship racehorse Secretariat through the eyes of his African-American groom. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The simple fact that horses have intruded upon our imaginations to such a vast extent suggests that our bond with the beast is more than merely practical, and Scanlan is an ideal guide to that secret world of connectedness, with its crazy and sublime turnings. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Scanlan (Riding High, not reviewed, etc.) asks, just what is horse fever, and why are so many held in its grip? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 28, 2008

"Enthralling potboiler that looks not at innocence lost, but innocence that perseveres."
A nostalgic, humorous chronicle about coming-of-age in 1975 rural America. 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 EDUCATION OF WILL by Patricia McConnell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An uplifting story of hope about how both dogs and humans need 'a sense that they are not helpless victims.'"
How training an incorrigible puppy helped an internationally renowned animal behaviorist recover from "multiple traumas." Read full book review >

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TRYIN' TO SLEEP IN THE BED YOU MADE by Virginia DeBerry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 1997

"Not as literary as Gloria Naylor, this sisterhood-is-powerful first novel seems a natural for Oprah's Book Club. (Author tour)"
A sprawling, melodramatic debut ``by and about best friends'' that has enough plot twists and surprises for a season of soap operas. 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 >