Search Results: "Rita Murphy"


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NIGHT FLYING by Rita Murphy
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

The Hansen women have a secret: generations of them have had the power to fly. Read full book review >

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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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HARMONY by Rita Murphy
FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Harmony has come to realize the importance of having the courage 'to live the life you were born to live.' (Fiction. 11+)"
Harmony McClean's life is like the Tennessee mountain cabin she lives in: "never entirely finished and always in the process of becoming something else." Read full book review >

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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 >

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BLACK ANGELS by Rita Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Still, the story itself is a good one and has its own rewards. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Narrator 11-year-old Celli lives in segregated Macon, Georgia, with her mother and brother; her father left years earlier. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"For the perennially messy, an excellent, efficient guide-as long as it's actually used and not thrown in the corner with the rest of the household detritus."
The nation's bad habits provide Emmett with her bread and butter. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1992

"An amusing entry that's as easy to digest, and about as nourishing, as a bottle of designer mineral water. (Illustrations.)"
Stand-up comic Rudner sits down to produce a collection of light little essays. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An eloquent testimony to the war's enduring, violent impact."
The daughter of a Lithuanian Catholic mother and Russian Jewish father, Gabis (The Wild Field, 1994) brings her sensibility as a poet and indefatigable energy as a historian to this engrossing memoir. Read full book review >

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BLUE ITALIAN by Rita Ciresi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1996

"Ciresi's irreverent sense of humor and sharp eye for ethnic detail raise this story above Love Story's schmaltz, but her bland, unreflective characters just don't capture the reader's heart."
The author of Mother Rocket (1993), winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award, disappoints in this debut Love Storylike novel of a poor New Haven girl who marries a rich Yale boy only to lose him to a fatal illness. Read full book review >

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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 >