Search Results: "Rita Mae Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

RITA WILL by Rita Mae Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 1997

"But for the better-than-truth version, and to spend time with someone more likable than the real Brown, go back to Rubyfruit Jungle, the only-slightly-autobiographical novel that made her famous. (Author tour)"
A novelist's autobiography shows that truth is not always as much fun as fiction. Read full book review >

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SNEAKY PIE FOR PRESIDENT by Rita Mae Brown
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Not especially funny as whimsy, no match for Animal Farm as political satire, and a mite overlong, like most speeches. You'll have to go to Sneaky Pie's real-life website, www.catprez.com, for the campaign slogan that makes the perfect punch line: 'I can't do any worse.'"
Fortified with the public-service experience he's garnered from solving 21 mysteries among his human companions (The Big Cat Nap, 2012, etc.), Sneaky Pie Brown throws his hat into the presidential ring in a tale with no mystery and very few people. Read full book review >

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THE SAND CASTLE by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Not much happens—there's just enough incident for a substantial short story—but Brown has a great ear for the way children argue, and a keen eye for the way their childish arguments shade off into the defining conflicts of a lifetime."
Brown follows the durable Hunsenmeir sisters (Loose Lips, 1999, etc.) to the seashore, where the younger generation carries on the aimless, benign, revelatory quarreling of their midlife elders. Read full book review >

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ALMA MATER by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Sketchy characterization and desultory writing don't exactly fill in the blanks between sex scenes, and the college-lesbian romance seems awfully dated—when not embarrassingly rapturous."
Twosomes and threesomes at an ivy-covered Virginia college, from the author of Rubyfruit Jungle (1983), etc., and the popular Sneaky Pie Brown mystery series. Read full book review >

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RIDING SHOTGUN by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Brown's meticulously researched descriptions of Virginia's colonial life, as well as her dead-on ridicule of modern-day bad behavior, bring vigor to a tale that's otherwise not a coherent whole."
The prolific Brown (Pay Dirt, 1995, etc.) takes a high-risk plot device—time travel—and attempts to meld it with reincarnation, romance, and contemporary satire. Read full book review >

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CRAZY LIKE A FOX by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"The book begins with a multipaged cast of characters, which includes sections for humans, American foxhounds, horses, foxes (red), foxes (gray), birds, and Sister's house pets and a separate glossary of useful terms. These should help identify potential readers who will enjoy a mild mystery filled with lovingly painted details—while deterring the uninterested."
An older community of Virginians competes with exhaustively detailed descriptions of fox hunting to investigate the mysterious return of one of their own. Read full book review >

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LOOSE LIPS by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1999

"The frequent one-liners often seem more sitcom than novel material, going nowhere and telling less, but there are still good laughs along the way."
Brown brings back the wacky Hunsenmeir sisters attended by all the good and not-so-good folk of Runnymede (Six of One, 1978; Bingo, 1988), as middle age and war give a new edge to their chronic if overhyped sibling rivalry. Read full book review >

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DOLLEY by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 1994

"Unusually prudish work sabotaged by the author's admiration for her subject. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
This pallid historical novel explores Dolley Madison's tenure as first lady, focusing in particular on the year 1814 and conflict with the British. Read full book review >

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CAKEWALK by Rita Mae Brown
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Happy families, alike or not, do not electrifying fiction make."
Southern girls gone mild figure in Brown's nostalgic paean to a town bifurcated by the Mason-Dixon Line. Read full book review >

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A NOSE FOR JUSTICE by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Brown (Cat of the Century, 2010, etc.) has supplanted sassy cats with clever dogs, producing much the same results: a meandering mystery as much about ideology as anything else."
City dog meets country dog to solve crimes ancient and modern. Read full book review >

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HOUNDED TO DEATH by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Yet another chatty tale of anthropomorphic pets and the beauties of Virginia hunt country (The Tell-tale Horse, 2007, etc.) with more obvious rewards for animal lovers than mystery lovers."
More than foxes are marked for death in and around a central Virginia hunt club. Read full book review >

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MURDER UNLEASHED by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Fans of Brown's long string of popular series featuring animal sleuths (A Nose for Justice, 2010, etc.) will note that her latest is less mystery than political polemic."
The mortgage crisis meets murder in Reno, Nev. Read full book review >