Search Results: "Phyllis LaFarge"


BOOK REVIEW

HAUSSMANN, OR THE DISTINCTION by Paul LaFarge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"There's a hint of Isak Dinesen in LaFarge's lush romantic images of sheltered lives seething with unacknowledged desires and complexities. An unusual, and unusually compelling, novel."
This lavishly imagined and highly entertaining historical novel, inspired by the life and work of Parisian architect Georges-Eugène Haussmann (1809-91), is a distinct improvement over LaFarge's somewhat cluttered debut, The Artist of the Missing (1999). Read full book review >

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THE CRIMSON BEARS by Tom LaFarge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Pleasantly fanciful, even inspired at times, but also marred by persistent cuteness and a dearth of sustained drama."
An inventive if flawed debut, the first in a series, that opens a window onto a fantasy world where bears wield power in a long-civilized animal kingdom—though their position is imperiled by the smoldering resentments of subject species, and by others of their own kind. Read full book review >

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LUMINOUS AIRPLANES by Paul LaFarge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Where so much experimental fiction seems pessimistic or even cynical about its possibilities, this novel sustains a spirit of innocence and wonder."
An open-ended, postmodern fable that somehow delivers the satisfaction of the novelistic conventions it subverts. Read full book review >

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BARTLEBY OF THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI by Phyllis Shalant
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"There are no interior illustrations, but the cover aptly conveys the final amiable relationship that is reached between Seezer and Bartleby when they realize they must put aside their opposite natures and work as a team to reach their final destination. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Shalant (The Great Eye, 1996, etc.) presents a delightful fantasy about a pet turtle named Bartleby who wants to return to his home in the Mississippi. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Storytelling and the power of words, however, while present as themes, never overwhelm the delicately wrapped core of this piece: the tolerance and unconditional affection between the two main characters. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In this picture-book debut, Serefina is seven years old and comes, her grandmother says, "from a long line of people who are full of imagination." Read full book review >

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MINDWORLDS by Phyllis Gotlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Gotlieb succeeds, resoundingly, in showing us how not one but several vibrantly detailed alien societies, whose individuals possess personalities and motives of real depth and conviction, clash, struggle, and attempt to prosper."
Independent, fully intelligible third and, seemingly—regrettably—last entry in Canadian Gotlieb's churning, splendid far-future, multispecies saga (Flesh and Gold, 1998; Violent Stars, 1999). Read full book review >

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THE JOURNAL KEEPER by Phyllis Theroux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2010

"A journal that may grace enough night tables to assuage the author's avowed concerns about her bank balance."
A teacher and practitioner of creative writing gives the journal treatment to six years of her life. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO A YOUNG FEMINIST by Phyllis Chesler
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"At a time when feminism is in great flux, this volume fails to offer any valuable advice to a group of women who desperately need it."
Chesler's latest missive from the feminist front is a superficial and poorly organized ``open letter'' to contemporary women that only regurgitates already spoken ideologies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Readers can make up their own minds with the help of this evenhanded portrait."
Carefully considered, well-balanced biography of the controversial Japanese artist who created a stir in modernist Paris and was later vilified for his pro-fascist war paintings. Read full book review >

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WOMAN’S INHUMANITY TO WOMAN by Phyllis Chesler
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"The material is familiar, but feminists and sexists alike should find the package challenging."
"Women are sexists too" is the not-very-surprising thesis of this reference-packed tome from psychologist, feminist, and author Chesler (Letters to a Young Feminist, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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MARTINI REGRETS by Phyllis  Smallman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"If you think the world that Sherri gets mixed up in doesn't seem very closely related to the rest of her life, you'll find big developments in this story that are bound to have lasting repercussions for this series—though they happen so quickly that readers may be left in shock."
Trying to keep mum after she's witnessed a crime does nothing to keep bar owner Sherri Travis out of trouble. Read full book review >