Search Results: "Rita Dove"


BOOK REVIEW

THROUGH THE IVORY GATE by Rita Dove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Virginia worth knowing, but she's not alive enough on the page to be of interest for herself instead of just for her situation."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (1987) occasionally gives her gift free rein in this somewhat mechanically rendered first novel- -about a young artistic black woman and her search for self. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2000 by Rita Dove
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"As depicted in these pages, the State of Poetry at the end of the century, like the State of the Union, seems to be in disarmingly good health: if it is not racked with inspiration, neither does there appear any cause for alarm."
Anyone who reads poetry seriously and often will have consistent cause to wonder why the high points of their reading year so frequently go ungathered in this annual Scribner anthology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WENDELL THE NARWHAL by Emily Dove
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether would-be musicians or not, children will find a lot to like in little Wendell. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Teamwork helps a narwhal to participate in an underwater orchestra. Read full book review >

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MECHA MALARKEY by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Optional. (Graphic fantasy. 5-10)"
In this frenetically paced, abundantly punny graphic novel, three robot brothers battle revamped fairy-tale tropes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOKING FOR LUCY BUICK by Rita Murphy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Sweet and light as a feather but with the substantial charm of music or a summer's day. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Lucretia Buick's last name is bestowed on her when she turns up as a foundling in the backseat of a 1968 Buick Skylark convertible Uncle Rocco wins in a championship poker game. Read full book review >

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PINK SLIP by Rita Ciresi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 1999

"Ciresi (Blue Italian, 1996, etc.) gives satisfaction, though it's not the forward-moving plot that invites reading so much as it is her true spark of humor and biting honesty. (Author tour)"
Bold humor lifts a story of contemporary relationships, familial and romantic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEVER TOO REAL by Carmen Rita
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Just in time for a beach read—or a guilty pleasure in a deserted boardroom."
Friendship steadies four powerful women, all seeking to support each other through personal and professional trials. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"A heartfelt, accessible celebration of modern-day 'saints.'"
A self-professed ordinary woman's series of meditations for her fellow Christians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2006

"Needs more rigorous identification of what is fact, what is fancy."
Highly impressionistic memoir by an African-American woman who grew up in Colorado, where she experienced poverty, racism and the tough love of her irascible but devoted aunt. Read full book review >

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Bamboo Secrets by Patricia Dove Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"A well-written, sensitive portrayal of coming to terms with a disrupted Asian idyll."
This debut memoir recounts how an American woman's planned sojourn in Japan becomes a tense bureaucratic nightmare after her husband's drug bust. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRD by Rita Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"While even precocious child readers may not hear them, they will adore the setting, Miranda's soaring, literary voice and the dreamy fantasy-meets-reality plot. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Bird-light Miranda has been lifted by the wind only to be grounded near the beach of Bourne Manor, where she is found by the owner's hounds. Read full book review >