Search Results: "Philip McFarland"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2012

"The still-relevant contrast between these two American powerhouses is well told. Both men were consumed by domestic and international problems that continue to reverberate."
What did two of the most famous Americans of the early 20th century have in common? Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Life and loves of a seminal figure in 19th-century American literature."
Portrait of the woman who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin and changed America. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A compelling narrative that reads like excellent fiction, but also a reminder of the suffering and moral dilemmas that Americans faced during the American Revolution."
Shunning caricatures of American revolutionary patriots as heroes and British loyalists as traitors or cowards, novelist McFarland (Seasons of Fear, 1983, etc.) shows in this absorbing narrative of three lives that the prerevolutionary crisis in Boston in 1774—75 had all the complexity and tragedy of a true civil war, and neither side had any monopoly on courage, virtue, or villainy. Read full book review >

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HAWTHORNE IN CONCORD by Philip McFarland
Released: July 1, 2004

"A somber, important complement to Charles C. Calhoun's vibrant Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life (see above)."
Historian McFarland (The Brave Bostonians, 1998, etc.) paints a selective, complex, and ultimately enriching portrait of America's earliest psychological novelist in his middle years. Read full book review >

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A BED FOR BEAR by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Pleasant—though it does not plow particularly new ground. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This simple tale riffs on a perennial theme: "There's no place like home." Read full book review >

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SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND by Dennis McFarland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"McFarland's novel is full of airy meditations on mortality, but it is his robust characterizations that make it so heart-warming, such an impressive conquest of new territory. (Book- of-the-Month Club selection)"
The self-destructive family and the complicated love between siblings, core elements of McFarland's acclaimed 1990 debut The Music Room, reappear in a bold new configuration in this second novel about an elderly, emotionally unfulfilled brother and sister. Read full book review >

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MOUSE WENT OUT TO GET A SNACK by Lyn Rossiter McFarland
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2005

"The almost frame-by-frame, perspective-switching illustrations of the rather ratty, spindly Mouse are comical and endearing, making this a light but tasty morsel. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mouse, seeking a small snack, stumbles onto a feast—a seemingly abandoned banquet table piled high with everything from colorful cupcakes to tasty tacos. Read full book review >

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CATERPILLAR DREAMS by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A pleasing and amiable tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A caterpillar embarks on a great adventure only to find there's no place like home. Read full book review >

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THE FOX AND THE WILD by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"There's lots that appeals: a polite but determined fox, just enough danger, and plenty of colorful art. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fox named Fred quests for a life away from his native city. Read full book review >

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A BAD DAY'S WORK by Nora McFarland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"McFarland's debut, the first in a planned series, is often both amusing and touching as Lilly discovers both the truth about the murder and enough about herself to change her life."
A run of bad luck for a "shooter" at a California TV station is about to get much worse. Read full book review >

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GOING TO THE BAD by Nora McFarland
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Fans of McFarland's series (A Bad Day's Work, 2010, etc.) will be shocked at the involvement of Uncle Bud. It's hard when a mystery hits so close to home."
Determined to avenge an attack on her uncle, a photographer turns investigator in this character-rich whodunit and whydunit. Read full book review >

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Demons by Isabel McFarland

"A slow but divine start to an attractive hero's trilogy, companion pieces for the author's ongoing Runes series."
A Witch comes to the aid of an imprisoned Immortal, who vows to help her find her way back home in this YA paranormal romance. Read full book review >